STEVE BLACK, M.D., is codirector of the Kaiser Pediatric Vaccine Study Center in Oakland, California. The Center was established in 1984 for the prelicensure and postlicensure evaluation of adult and pediatric vaccine safety, immunogenicity, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness. Dr. Black is also a pediatric infectious disease specialist at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Oakland. In addition, he is an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Black is a member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Disease, and the Society for Pediatric Research. He is a fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and a member of the European Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Black received a B.S. degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and a B.A. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Santa Barbara, as well as a medical degree from the University of California, San Diego. He completed a fellowship in pediatric infectious disease at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Black has authored or coauthored more than 30 articles on vaccine issues, including pre- and post-licensure evaluations of combination vaccines.
SHEILA BURKE, M.P.A, R.N., F.A.A.N., is the executive dean and a lecturer in public policy at the John F.Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She served as the chief of staff to former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (1986–1996), and was also elected to serve as Secretary of the Senate in 1995. Ms. Burke served as deputy chief of staff to the Senate Majority Leader (1985–1986), and was a professional staff member of the Senate Finance Committee (1979–1980) and deputy staff director of the Senate Finance Committee (1981–1985). She is a member of the board of the Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc. in Princeton, NJ; the Kaiser Commission on the Future of Medicaid; and the national advisory committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Covering Kids initiative. Ms. Burke is a member of the IOM-NRC Board on Children, Youth, and Families (1998-present). She is also a member of the Boards of Trustees of Marymount University and the University of San Francisco.
BARBARA DeBUONO, M.D., M.P.H., is a public health consultant in New York City. She served as commissioner of health for New York State (1995–1998) and was subsequently appointed as chief executive of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare Network and executive vice president of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare System until December 1999. Prior to joining the New York State Department of Health, Dr. DeBuono was director of health for the State of Rhode Island (1991–1995), also serving as a medical and state epidemiologist and medical director in that state (1986–1991). She has previously served on the medical and public