School of Pharmacy Alumnus Elected to National Academy of Medicine

GrabensteinRtd. Col. John D. Grabenstein, R.Ph., Ph.D., a member of the Duquesne University School of Pharmacy class of 1980, was among 100 new members (including 10 international members) elected to the National Academy of Medicine at its Annual Meeting earlier this month. Election to the Academy is considered one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Rtd. Col. Grabenstein was elected for establishing vaccination services by pharmacists across the U.S. by developing nationally adopted policy frameworks and curricula that trained more than 360,000 pharmacists as vaccinators, enabling rapid, widespread delivery of COVID-19 and other vaccines; for advancing international vaccination and medical countermeasure programs; and for contributions to pharmacy national leadership development.

"It is my privilege to welcome this extraordinary class of new members," said National Academy of Medicine President Victor J. Dzau in a press release. "Their contributions to health and medicine are unmatched - they've made groundbreaking discoveries, taken bold action against social inequities, and led the response to some of the greatest public health challenges of our time. This class represents many identities and experiences–all of which are absolutely necessary to address the existential threats facing humanity. I look forward to working with all of our new members in the years ahead."

Rtd. Col. Grabenstein is a global vaccinologist, pharmacist, and public-health leader, specializing in adult vaccines, implementation, and vaccine history. He has written more than 300 articles and 11 books. Today, he operates Vaccine Dynamics, a consulting service focused on vaccines and antibodies. He also edits the weekly newsletter of the Immunization Action Coalition. John and his lovely wife, Laurie, live in southeastern Maryland and have four wonderful children and a rescue dog.

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