James D. Cherry, MD, MSc is a Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Division of Infectious Diseases. He has more than 40 years of experience in research, teaching, and clinical practice in the fields of infectious diseases and epidemiology. His laboratory experience has been in virology, mycoplasmology and more recently, molecular microbiology relating to Bordetella species. His main research over the last 30 years has been related to vaccines and vaccine preventable diseases. He has had international experience in two USAID nutrition-immunology projects in Kenya. He has carried out significant international studies in Denmark and in Germany. The majority of his present work has related to the epidemiology of Bordetella pertussis worldwide and related to this its prevention by new vaccine strategies. Dr. Cherry has been on the faculty of David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for 30 years and he was Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases for 27 years. During that time, over 40 fellows in Infectious Diseases were trained and many have international positions (New Zealand, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, and Germany). Dr. Cherry is the author or co-author of over 550 publications, including The Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, which he is the co-editor, is now in the 6th edition. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society in 2003 and the UCLA Medical Alumni Associations’ Medical Science award in 2005.