Members of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee (NVAC) serve a pivotal role by providing peer review, consultation, advice, and recommendations to the Assistant Secretary for Health, who serves as the Director of the National Vaccine Program on matters related to the Program’s responsibilities.
Current Voting Members
NVAC consists of 17 voting members, including the Chair, who are appointed to serve as public members and two individuals who are designated to serve as official representatives of the vaccine manufacturing industry. The voting members are selected from individuals who are engaged in vaccine research or the manufacture of vaccines, or who are physicians, members of parent organizations concerned with immunizations, representatives of state or local health agencies or public health organizations.
Voting members are Special Government Employees and are subject to conflict of interest laws and regulations.
NVAC Chair: Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., MD
TERM: 2/7/2017 to 8/6/2021
NVAC's Chair, Robert H. Hopkins, Jr., is professor of internal medicine and pediatrics and director of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, AR. He is also associate program director of the UAMS internal medicine-pediatrics combined residency and Chief of Adult Medicine at Arkansas Children's Hospital. Read more about our current NVAC Chair.
Debra Blog, MD
TERM: 2/12/2020 - 2/11/2024
Melody Anne Butler, RN, BSN
TERM: 2/7/2017 to 8/6/2021
Tim Cooke, PhD (Representative)
TERM: 3/9/2020 to 3/8/2023
John Dunn, MD, MPH
TERM: 2/8/2020 to 2/7/2023
Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH
TERM: 6/8/2020 to 6/7/2024
David Fleming, MD
TERM: 3/8/2020 to 3/7/2023
Leonard Friedland, MD (Representative)
TERM: 2/8/20 to 2/7/2023
NVAC also has representatives from non-federal entities, including state and local health agencies or public health organizations that are engaged in and/or have interest in vaccine research, the manufacture of vaccines, and immunizations.
The liaison representatives are non-voting members of the advisory council. They are not government employees and are therefore not subject to federal ethics regulations.
Mary Rubin, MD
Advisory Commission on Childhood Vaccines (ACCV)
Christopher Regal, MS
America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP)
Rebecca Coyle, MSEd
American Immunization Registry Association (AIRA)
Jean-Venable "Kelly" R. Goode, PharmD
American Pharmacists Association (APhA)
Claire Hannan, MPH
Association of Immunization Managers (AIM)
James S. Blumenstock
Association of State and Territorial Officials (ASTHO)
Nathalie El Omeiri, PhD, MPH
Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)
Hana El Sahly, MD
Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC)
Individuals representing federal organizations on NVAC serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members and play a liaison representative role on the committee.
Federal ex-officio members are regular Government Employees and are therefore subject to ethics regulations issued by the U.S. Office of Government Ethics, including annual confidential financial disclosure and ethics training.
Justin A Mills, MD, MPH, FAAP
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Linda Lambert, PhD
Biomedical Advanced Reseach and Development Authority (BARDA)
Sam Posner, PhD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Jeffrey A. Kelman, MMSc, MD
Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
Tonya Rans, MD, FACAAI
Department of Defense (DoD)
Marion Gruber, PhD
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Mary Rubin, MD
Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA)
Uzo Chukwuma, MPH
Indian Health Service (IHS)
Barbara L. Mulach, PhD
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Geetha Srinivas, DVM, MS
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
Troy Knighton, LPC, EdS, MEd
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
Designated Federal Officer
NVAC Designated Federal Official: Ann Aikin, MA
Ann Aikin is with the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy at HHS.