The 2017 Merigan Lecture

The Annual Thomas C. Merigan Jr. Lecture

Each year the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine hosts the Thomas C. Merigan, Jr. Lecture. This endowed lectureship is in honor of Dr. Merigan, Professor Emeritus, and the former Chief of the division of Infectious Diseases at Stanford. Dr. Merigan is an internationally known virologist whose laboratory contributed the tests to measure HIV viral load, among many other notable achievements, and he trained many leaders in the field of infectious diseases. Each year, the lectureships brings a renowned scientist to speak about their work in infectious diseases at Medicine Grand Rounds. The first lecture, in 1994, was given by Dr. Jonas Salk.

Timeline of Speakers

  • 1994 Jonas E. Salk, MD
  • 1995 Karl Johnson, MD
  • 1996 Robert Channock, MD
  • 1997 Baruch Blumberg, MD
  • 1998 Robert C. Gallo, MD
  • 1999 Maurice R. Hilleman, PhD, DSc
  • 2000 Michael B. A. Oldstone, MD
  • 2001 Stanley N. Cohen, MD
  • 2002 Harriet Robinson, PhD
  • 2003 Richard D. Klausner, MD
  • 2006 John E. Wennberg, MD, MPH
  • 2007 Lawrence Corey, MD
  • 2008 Douglas Richman, MD
  • 2009 Mark Wainberg, PhD
  • 2010 Caroline Hall, MD
  • 2012 Anthony S. Fauci, MD
  • 2013 Thomas C. Quinn, MD
  • 2014 Bruce Walker, MD
  • 2015 Julie Overbaugh, PhD
  • 2016 Peter Piot, MD, PhD, FRCP
  • 2017 David Heymann, MD
  • 2018 Steven Holland, MD
  • 2019 Anne Schuchat, MD



Due to COVID-19, the Merigan Lecture will be postponed


Anne Schuchat, M.D.

The 2019 Merigan Lecturer

Anne Schuchat, MD, is the Principal Deputy Director of CDC. She has been CDC’s principal deputy director since September 2015. She served as acting CDC director from January-July 2017 and February-March 2018.

Dr. Schuchat also served as director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases from 2006-2015 and Chief of the Respiratory Diseases Branch from 1998-2005. She joined CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in 1988.

Dr. Schuchat played key roles in CDC emergency responses including the 2009 H1N1 pandemic influenza response, the 2003 SARS outbreak in Beijing, and the 2001 bioterrorist anthrax response. Globally, she has worked on meningitis, pneumonia and Ebola vaccine trials in West Africa, and conducted surveillance and prevention projects in South Africa.

Dr. Schuchat graduated from Swarthmore College and Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine and completed her residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYU’s Manhattan VA Hospital. Upon completing 30 years of service in 2018, Dr. Schuchat retired from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service at the rank of Rear Admiral.


Wed., May 22, 2019, 8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

"Public Health in the Time of Cholera"

Dr. Thomas C. Merigan, Professor Emeritus