Professor David Salisbury was Director of Immunisation at the Department of Health, London, until 2014; he was responsible for the national immunisation programme.
Professor Salisbury trained as a paediatrician at Oxford and at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences. He has an honorary Chair at Imperial College, London and is an Associate Fellow of the Centre on Global Health Security at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, London. He is Chair of the Board of the Jenner Vaccine Foundation and was inaugural President of the International Association of Immunisation Managers.
Professor Salisbury was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2001, for his services to immunisation.
Professor Salisbury continues to work extensively with the World Health Organization on the Global Programme for Vaccines. He was the Chair of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Vaccines from 2005 to 2010. He is Chair of the Global Commission for Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication and Chair of the European Region Certification Commission for Poliomyelitis Eradication. He serves on advisory boards for four EC-funded vaccine research projects. He has also had extensive experience in Global Health Security having co-chaired a G7 working group on Pandemic Influenza.
Professor Salisbury has written around 100 publications on immunisation and paediatric topics.