Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD

NFID President Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD

Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD, is president of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID). She is professor of pediatrics; chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases; and associate dean of inclusion and diversity at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

A native of Boston, she received a bachelor of science degree in biology from Simmons College in Boston and a medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital/Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Whitley-Williams is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

She serves as the National Medical Association liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and is immediate past chair of the US Medical Licensure Examination Management Committee as well as a member of the National Board of Medical Examiners Governance Review Task Force and Nominating Committee.

Areas of Expertise: 

  • Childhood and adolescent immunizations
  • Health disparities
  • HIV/AIDS in women and children
  • Impact of influenza (flu) in children and teens
  • Flu prevention and treatment
  • Vaccine confidence and vaccine hesitancy

Quotes:

“[COVID-19 vaccines have] been tested in thousands of people and now millions of doses have been given in the US and across the world. … The side effects from the vaccines are mild and certainly far outweigh the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and suffering some of the complications, which obviously could be very severe.” Source: Amsterdam News

Commenting on 189 pediatric deaths during the 2019–2020 flu season: “More than half of these children were healthy—they had no pre-existing conditions,” Dr. Whitley-Williams said, adding that vaccinations are estimated to reduce flu-associated deaths in children by 65 percent. Source: Axios

“Medical professionals and the health care system at large must engage with Black communities, address their concerns, and convey the safety and importance of these vaccines in protecting against both COVID-19 and flu.” Source: CNN

 

“We really need to continue to vaccinate against COVID-19 and flu as we go forward. That’s the only way we’re going to control this pandemic.” Source: iHeartRadio

Dr. Whitley-Williams on flu in children:

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Updated May 2021