Professor Karen L. Kotloff
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Head, Division of Infectious Disease and Tropical Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics
Associate Director of Clinical Research
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland USA
Professor Karen Kotloff is Head of Infectious Disease and Tropical Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also serves as Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health. Dr. Kotloff received a BA from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1975 and her MD from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1979. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in 1983 and her Infectious Disease fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1986, where she continues as a faculty member.
Dr. Kotloff has devoted her career to the study of the epidemiology of infectious diseases and their prevention with the use of vaccines in both the U.S. and in developing countries. She is Principal Investigator of the Vaccine Treatment and Evaluation Unit at the University of Maryland School of Medicine funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. This contract funds trials of vaccines and treatments against infectious diseases of public health importance. Dr. Kotloff has worked extensively in Mali, West Africa where she conducted studies in children to assess the burden of infectious diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia, and pathogens such as group A streptococcus, pneumococcus, rotavirus, Shigella, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. This work led to clinical vaccine trials and ultimately in some cases introduction of life-saving vaccines. She is known for her ability to conduct large clinical trials and studies in Africa and Asia in an effort to identify interventions that improve child survival. This focus led her to become involved in CHAMPS and other efforts.
Dr. Kotloff has published more than 200 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She participates in numerous international advisory and is the recipient of several awards for her research including Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mali (Knight of the National Order of Mali, 2005) and the Founders Day Research of the Year at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (2018).