International Expert on Adverse Reactions to Smallpox Vaccine: Esteemed Health Administrator, Educator and Researcher Dr. Vincent Fulginiti Back in Tucson
Vincent A. Fulginiti, MD, founding head of the University of Arizona Department of Pediatrics and later Interim Dean of the UA College of Medicine, has retired to Tucson, where he continues his affiliation with the UA as well as serving as a national consultant for several agencies regarding adverse effects from the smallpox vaccination.
Prior to his retirement in 2002, Dr. Fulginiti was at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center where he served as Chancellor from 1993-98 and then as professor of pediatrics. Prior to that, Dr. Fulginiti was Dean of the School of Medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans. He was Interim Dean at the UA College of Medicine from1988-89.
While Chancellor at the Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Fulginiti established its Center for Bioethics and Humanities. Recently, UCHSC honored his work in this area by naming a planned $5 million, 15,000-square-foot building The Vincent and Shirley Fulginiti Pavilion for Ethics and Humanities, which will be located on UCHSC's new Fitzsimons Campus.
An internationally recognized expert on adverse effects of the smallpox vaccine, he is the primary author of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website on adverse events of smallpox vaccination, www.cdc.gov/training/smallpoxvaccine/reactions
He also serves as a consultant to CDC for its Smallpox Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; Vaccinia keratitis workgroup and adverse reactions workgroup. He also is a consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for adverse events from smallpox vaccination and is a member of the Brighton Group to define adverse events from smallpox vaccination. He also is a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee on CDC's Smallpox Vaccine Implementation Program.
Dr. Fulginiti's interests have encompassed health professional education; general pediatrics; pediatric infectious diseases; immunization and immunology; medical curriculum; health care ethics; faculty development; health sciences administration and leadership. Among many other accomplishments, he delineated the underlying immunologic mechanisms involved in adverse reactions to smallpox vaccine.