NVAC Designated Federal Official: Guthrie Birkhead, MD, MPH
NVAC Designated Federal Official
Medical Officer, National Vaccine Program Office
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Guthrie (Gus) Birkhead, MD, MPH is a Medical Officer in the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO). Prior to joining NVPO in September 2016, Dr. Birkhead served as Deputy Commissioner at the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) for 27 years where he oversaw all NYSDOH public health activities.
Dr. Birkhead was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Public Health Service from 2001 to 2005. From 2006 to 2011, he was a member of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) and was chair of the NVAC from 2008 to 2011. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine.