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Dr. Kashmira Date is the Director of Medical Affairs for Vaccines with Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health (GPH) responsible for providing medical and strategic leadership on vaccines within the GPH portfolio. Prior to joining J & J GPH in March 2021, she was a Medical Officer and the Technical Lead for new vaccines (focus on typhoid and cholera) within the Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for over 10 years. In her role, she worked closely with ministries of health and multiple global health partners (World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Wellcome Trust, Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, academia, and, other governmental and non-governmental organizations), led and managed several large-scale projects and initiatives with significant cross-functional and cross-organizational collaborations, authored/co-authored numerous publications and, participated as an expert contributor in multiple panel discussions and forums. She also served as the Chair of the Oral Cholera Vaccine Working Group of the Global Taskforce on Cholera Control (3 year tenure) and represented CDC on numerous global expert working groups and scientific advisory committees. During 2020–2021, she led the Epidemiology Team on CDC’s International Taskforce, Covid-19 Response for over 6 months. In January 2017, she was awarded the “Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)” by the Obama Administration, one of the highest honors of the US Government to scientists in their early careers who show exceptional potential for leadership.
Born and raised in India, Dr. Date is a physician and epidemiologist by training. She received her medical degree from Mumbai University in India, obtained her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Columbia University in New York City, and is an alumnus of CDC’s elite disease detective Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) fellowship program (class of 2008).