Robert W. Amler, M.D., M.B.A., is dean of the School of Health Sciences and Practice and vice president for government affairs. He also holds faculty appointments in public health, pediatrics, and environmental health science. Previously Dr. Amler served as regional health administrator, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He was an adviser to the US Surgeon General, and the Administrator of the US EPA, and cochaired the implementation group for a White House interagency task force on children's health and safety. He was agency liaison to the Carter Presidential Center, National Child Heath Insurance Program and the first US Preventive Services Task Force.
Through vaccination, smallpox has been eradicated worldwide. Through vaccination, polio has been eliminated from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, and Oceania, with only a few pockets left in a few countries. And through mass vaccination, COVID-19 rates have declined dramatically in the second quarter of 2021.16 July 2021