Umesh Parashar


Dr. Parashar is the Chief of Viral Gastroenteritis Branch at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  After completing medical training in India and the United States, Dr. Parashar joined the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in 1996 and has spent more than 20 years at CDC researching the epidemiology of viral gastroenteritis and methods for its prevention and control, including vaccination strategies against rotavirus gastroenteritis. 

He was the CDC co-lead of the working group that developed the recommendations for use of the new rotavirus vaccines in the United States.  The CDC Viral Gastroenteritis Branch also works with global partners to help accelerate introduction of rotavirus vaccines in developing countries with the greatest burden of rotavirus disease.  Dr. Parashar has published more than 500 scientific papers and book chapters.  He has also served as guest editor on 8 supplements in scientific journals and on advisory committees to the World Health Organization. 

He has received several awards, including 1) the Philip R. Horne award -- the CDCs National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases’ highest form of recognition for accomplishments and work performance that have had a significant impact on achieving the mission of the Center – in 2014, 2) Emory University's Sheth Distinguished International Alumni Award -- to recognize Emory University's international alumni who have distinguished themselves in service to universities, governments, private sector firms, and nongovernmental organizations – in 2014, 3) the Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement from the Infectious Disease Society of America in 2011, 4) the Shepard Award for Best Scientific Paper in the Prevention and Control Category from the CDC in 2009, and 5) six awards for Distinguished Service from the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services.