Anita Shet, MD, PhD, Joins IVAC as Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist and Epidemiologist
January 20, 2016: The International Vaccine Access Center (IVAC) announced today that Dr. Anita Shet, a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at St. John’s Medical College Hospital in Bangalore, India, will join the IVAC team as a pediatric infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist. Dr. Shet will be a member of the Epidemiology team, but will work closely with the Policy, Advocacy and Communications team.
Dr. Shet will work on the Baseline Assessment for Streptococcus Pneumoniae of India Serotypes (BASIS) study characterizing the serotype distribution of invasive pneumococcal isolates in India (for which she is currently a site investigator) and the Building an Enabling Environment for Vaccines in India (EEVI) project. EEVI aims to create an environment that enables timely, evidence-based policies and decisions for nationwide introduction and delivery of pentavalent, rotavirus, and pneumococcal vaccines into India’s Universal Immunization Programme, while simultaneously raising the volume of political and public discussion around the value of vaccines and a high quality routine immunization system as a necessary part of cost-effective, integrated public health.
Dr. Shet received her medical degree from St. Johns Medical College, Bangalore, India and doctoral degree from the Department of Public Health Sciences at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Her doctoral thesis was on the use of mobile phones to improve the care of HIV-infected patients.
Dr. Shet completed her residency training in pediatrics and post-doctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota. She was then a Clinical Scholar at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center, Rockefeller University in New York. Since 2008, Dr. Shet has been Laboratory Head of Clinical Virology at St. John’s Research Institute. She established the first pediatric infectious disease clinic at St. John’s Medical College Hospital and the first pediatric infectious disease fellowship program in India.
Dr. Bill Moss, IVAC’s Deputy Director, stated “Dr. Shet’s research and publications have spanned the broad array of pediatric infectious diseases, including rotavirus, tuberculosis and rickettsial diseases, with a strong focus on HIV infection. IVAC is delighted to have such a talented and experienced clinician scientist as a member of our team.”