Dr. Gregory A. Poland
Gregory Poland, M.D., is the director of Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group — a state-of-the-art research group. He has published over 550 scientific papers. Dr. Poland holds the academic rank of professor of medicine and infectious diseases. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal Vaccine.
Dr. Poland has chaired or been a member of every Federal level committee dealing with vaccines in the US. Dr. Poland was the 2013 recipient of the Mayo Distinguished Investigator award by the Mayo Board of Trustees, and the 2012 recipient of the Mayo Clinic Department of Medicine Lifetime Research Achievement Award. In 2012, Dr. Poland was named in the top 25 list of vaccine influencers in the world.
In addition, he holds a MERIT Award from the National Institutes of Health, an honor accorded to less than 5% of the nation’s investigators. In 2008, he was named a Master of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Poland received the Charles Merieux Lifetime Achievement Award in Vaccinology in May 2006. In December 2006, Dr. Poland was elected President of the Defense Health Board, serving two terms. He was appointed as the Mary Lowell Leary Professor in Medicine in 2004. In May 2003, he was awarded the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service by Secretary Rumsfeld - the highest civilian award given by the Department of Defense. He is the son of a career Marine Corps officer (father), and a published novelist (mother). He and his wife have been married for 40 years and they have 3 adult children - a psychologist, an Air Force pilot, and a professional soccer player.