Meet Our Flu Experts

Meet the Wake Forest Baptist Health Influenza Experts

Jon Stuart Abramson, MD

Physician-in-Chief, Brenner Children’s Hospital
Weston M. Kelsey Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics

Dr. Jon S. Abramson received his undergraduate degree at Boston University and medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM). He did a pediatric residency at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He joined the faculty at WFUSM in 1981 and has served as Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at WFUSM and Physician-in-chief of Brenner Children’s Hospital since 1996. He also served as the elected Chair of the Wake Forest University Physicians clinical practice group from 2001 – 2007. 

Dr. Abramson served as a council member of the Society for Pediatric Research (SPR) and was elected President of the SPR in 1995. From 1995 – 2003 he was a member and Chair (1999 – 2003) of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Infectious Diseases and as part of this activity was involved in the publication of the 2000 and 2003 Red Book. From 2003 – 2007 he was a member and Chair (2005 – 2007) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). 

Since 2009 he has served as a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunizations (SAGE) and SAGE Liaison to Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). In his role with SAGE he served as Chair of the Cholera Vaccine and Meningococcal Vaccine working groups and as a member of the Ad Hoc Policy Advisory Group on Influenza A (H1N1) Pandemic. Current roles on SAGE include serving as Chair of the Varicella Vaccine working group and a member of the Influenza Seasonal and Pandemic Vaccine working group. 

Laurence B. Givner, MD

Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Professor and Vice-Chair for Clinical Affairs, Department of Pediatrics

The Infectious diseases group at Brenner’s Children Hospital is one of eight in the country that monitor disease and antibiotic resistance due to the common bacteria, pneumococcus. Givner oversees this U.S. Pediatric Multicenter Surveillance Group at Brenner. He has done much research on antibiotic resistance of other common bacteria as well, including meningocococus. Other areas of expertise include: prevention and treatment of infections in infants; infections due to Group A Strep and Group B Strep; and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. He is also Chair of the Influenza Task force at WFBH. Givner has been named to: Best Doctors in America; America's Top Doctors; and America's Top Pediatricians. He has received many teaching awards including the 2002 Teaching Excellence Award from Wake Forest School of Medicine. Givner is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and in pediatric infectious diseases.

Kevin P. High, MD, MS

Chief, Section on Infectious Diseases
Professor of Medicine and Translational Science, Sections on Infectious Diseases, Hematology/Oncology, and Molecular Medicine

In addition to his faculty appointment at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, High is currently on the editorial board for The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. He is also a member of the editorial board for MEDSCAPE in the area of infectious disease. Some of his major research areas include changes in immunity and infection risk in older adults, clinical relevance of surrogate markers of immune senescence, infections in patients with suppressed immunity and nutritional modulation of immune responses in transplant recipients and the elderly. High is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in internal medicine and infectious diseases.  

Christopher A. Ohl, MD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine – Infectious Disease

In addition to his faculty appointment at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Ohl is medical director of the Center for Antimicrobial Utilization, Stewardship and Epidemiology and chairman of the Pandemic Influenza Planning Executive Committee.  He is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and of the IDSA Education Committee, the N.C. Emerging Infections Medical Advisory Committee, the N.C. Public Health and Institutions Task Force and the Wake Forest Baptist Infection Control Committee and International Health Committee. Ohl is also a consultant to the Center for Disease Control on antimicrobial stewardship and antibiotic resistance, and to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the anti-invectives’ advisory committee. Some of his major research areas include regional surveillance for antimicrobial resistance in community and hospital pathogens, clinical antimicrobial resistance and its relationship to antibiotic use, bioterrorism and emerging infections. He is a peer reviewer for Clinical Infectious Disease, Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, the International Journalof Infectious Disease, and a visiting professor at Tokai University School of Medicine, Japan. He has twenty-two years’ military experience in the Navy and Naval Reserve. He currently holds the rank of captain. Ohl is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in infectious disease.

Timothy R. Peters, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases

Dr. Timothy Peters serves as an attending physician in pediatric infectious diseases at Brenner Children’s Hospital, and his major research area regards the epidemiology and control of influenza virus and other vaccine-preventable respiratory pathogens. He is a member of the Wake Forest University Brenner Children’s Hospital Program in Vaccine Sciences, and directs a laboratory that conducts basic research on viral replication and co-pathogenic relationships between influenza virus and bacteria, and provides molecular diagnostic support for clinical studies of influenza virus. Peters is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in general pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. 

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