James D. Cherry, MD, MSc is a Distinguished Research Professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Chery received his MD degree from the University of Vermont in 1957 and his MSc degree in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 1983. He received his pediatric residency training at Boston City Hospital and Kings County Hospital and his infectious diseases fellowship training at the Thorndike Memorial Laboratory, Harvard Medical Service at Boston City Hospital. Following his infectious diseases fellowship training, Dr. Cherry established one of the first formal pediatric infectious disease fellowship programs in the world in 1963 at the University of Wisconsin. In 1973 Dr. Cherry started the first pediatric infectious training program at UCLA. During his 43 years tenure at UCLA, numerous trainees have gone on to be leaders in pediatric infectious diseases in the United States and in other countries throughout the world.
In 1969-70, Dr. Cherry was a visiting worker at the Medical Research Council, Common Cold Research Unit and Clinical Research Centre, Salisbury, England. From 1989 to 1996, Dr. Cherry and associates carried out an extensive pertussis vaccine efficiency trail in Erlanger, Germany. In 2000-2001, he was a visiting scholar in the department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, England. In addition, Dr. Cherry was the director of a vaccine reaction study in Denmark at a participant in two USAID nutrition/immunology projects in Kenya.
Throughout his career, Dr. Cherry has received numerous national and international awards. Some of these include: The John and Mary B. Markle Scholar in Academic Medicine; Distinguished Physician Award of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society; The Stanley A. Plotkin Lectureship in Vaccinology of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society; and the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Bill Marshall Award.
Dr. Cherry has published 302 research papers, 108 editorials and commentaries and 282 book chapters. He is the senior editor of Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Disease, which is now in its 7th edition.
Dr. Cherry’s laboratory experience has been in virology, mycoplasmology, serology and molecular microbiology relating to Bordetella species. His main research over the last 50 years has been related to vaccines and vaccines preventable disease (measles, rubella, influenza, smallpox and pertussis). A major interest at present relates to pertussis epidemiology and pertussis vaccines. Over the last 6 years he and collaborators at the California Department of Public Health and California pediatrics infectious diseases physicians have been studying severe pertussis in young infants.
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