Edwin Asturias, MD, President
Dr. Asturias graduated as a medical doctor from the University San Carlos in Guatemala in 1989 and was board certified in pediatrics at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 1995. Trained in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, he has been working in the area of vaccine research and policy the Americas region since 1998. Through the conduction of epidemiological studies and the inquiry into efficacy and safety issues of vaccines against poliomyelitis, pertussis, Haemophilus influenzae type b, pneumococcus and E. coli, he has helped has provide answers to important implementation questions, especially for resource poor countries in Central and Latin America.
Dr. Asturias has served on the Guatemalan National Committee for Immunization Practices, the Poliovirus Contention Commission, and advisory expert groups for the World Health Organization, including the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety and the Global Vaccine Safety Blueprint. He continues to lead efforts to evaluate system to ensure vaccines continue to be safe and to evaluate the best ways of improving vaccine coverage in Colorado and abroad.
Favorite Movie/Book: Three Musketeers
Personal Hero: Louis Pasteur
Hometown Fun Fact: Everyone in the Mayan culture gets assigned an animal guardian, mine is the monkey
Favorite Thing to Do in Colorado: Hiking and biking
Why Vaccinate: Vaccines save lives in the most effective and egalitarian way.