Walter Orenstein

1948 –

United States

Year of great discovery/work

As Director of the United States Immunization Program at the CDC, childhood immunization rates rose to record levels while local transmission of measles and rubella was eliminated. Prior to his 16-year tenure as director, Orenstein was part of the Epidemic Intelligence Service where he focused on smallpox eradication and measles elimination.

Did you know?
During his time at the CDC, Orenstein rose to the rank of Assistant Surgeon General of the U.S. Public Health Service.