Family Medicine Residency Program

Richard K. Zimmerman, MD MPH FAAFP FIDSA

Professor

Biography

Professor with tenure, Departments of Family Medicine and Clinical Epidemiology, Joint appointments in CTSI and Behavioral and Community Health Sciences in GSPH

I love vaccine policy analysis, which led to serving on the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), first as a liaison and later as a voting member, where I chaired the influenza and adult vaccination working groups.  This love led to creating the science upon which policies could be built.  Thus, our team’s experience is diverse, from COVID outpatient decision rules to vaccine trials, from test-negative case-control studies of influenza vaccine effectiveness to randomized cluster trials of measures to increase vaccination rates; and from vaccine modeling using decision analytic and agent-based techniques to public health bioethics.  I practice at the East Liberty Family Health Care Center where I serve on the Quality Assurance and Ethics Committees. 

I authored >300 publications on immunizations and vaccine-preventable diseases:  Zimmerman NCBI Bibliography.

Residency

Grant Medical Center, Family Practice

Education

  • B.A., Chemistry, cum laude, from Miami University (OH) in 1982
  • M.D. from Ohio State University in 1986
  • M.P.H. in Epidemiology from University of Minnesota in 1991
  • M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University 2007
  • Fellowship, University of Minnesota

Professional Affilitations

  • Christian Medical Association
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine
  • Association of Teachers of Preventive Medicine
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians
  • Fellow, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Fellow, American College of Preventive Medicine

Research Grants

Outpatient VE for seasonal flu, pandemic flu and RSV in a large, diverse network.  The CDC’s outpatient influenza vaccine effectiveness network [PI]  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/us-flu-ve-network.htm#:~:text=The%....

Flu vaccine effectiveness in those hospitalized in a large diverse health system.  The CDC’s inpatient influenza vaccine effectiveness network (HAIVEN) [PI].  https://www.cdc.gov/flu/vaccines-work/haiven.html

Analyzing Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination Implementation in the Underserved [NIH, Co-I].  Decisional analytic modeling will address the most cost-effective pneumococcal polysaccharide and conjugate vaccination policies for the US.