Dean D. Mason to Depart CDC Post in Atlanta for Leadership Role at New Canaan-Based Non Profit

NEW CANAAN, CT, March 29, 2004—The Board of Trustees of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Dean D. Mason as its new president and chief executive officer. The appointment is effective April 7, 2004. “We look forward to Mr. Mason’s leadership of the Institute at this important time in the organization’s evolution,” said Board chairman H.R. Shepherd.

At the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) since 1974, Mason served in local and state health departments and the National Immunization Program (NIP). As chief of the Program Support Branch of the NIP for the past 10 years, Mason managed an annual budget of more than $1 billion. His role has been to establish terms and conditions for the negotiation of CDC’s pediatric and adult vaccine contracts, which make up more than half of the national market share. He has been responsible for all Vaccines for Children (VFC) and 317 grant vaccine awards to immunization projects around the country. He also has overseen monitoring and reporting of the nation's vaccine supply, including aspects of vaccine ordering, storage and distribution for all vaccines purchased by the states through CDC contracts. Further, he has taken the lead in planning and development of the nation's pediatric vaccine stockpiles.

In 1993, when the VFC program was legislated, Mason was detailed on a special assignment for eight months to develop and implement the unique program. He was responsible for planning, policy development, training, and implementation of the program in which more than 80,000 doctors participate as enrolled providers. “Currently, the VFC program is one of the best national examples of partnership between the public and private health care sectors,” Mason said. “The program encourages widespread provider participation to better ensure equal access for immunization services through the purchase and supply of vaccines for eligible children.”

“I look forward to applying my leadership and management skills with the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute,” Mason said. “I am particularly eager to develop the public and private consortia that advance the cause of public health and that serve to promote the use of effective vaccines and immunization programs on a global scale.”

EDITOR’S NOTE (Additional biographical information follows):

Dean Mason began his CDC career in 1974 in Florida, where he served as public health advisor for sexually transmitted diseases for the Dade County Health Department and subsequently for the St. Louis, Missouri Health Department. He began his service with the National Immunization Program in 1978 with an assignment as regional program director in Kansas City, Missouri, and subsequently in Houston, Texas and was later appointed state immunization program director for South Carolina. The National Immunization Program transferred him in 1985 to its headquarters in Atlanta. He served as development and campaign coordinator of the Immunization Action Plan (IAP) that in the early 1990s worked to accomplish local and national immunization goals in the country. This two-year effort led to the development of Immunization Action Plans in all states. The IAP serves today as a key planning and reference document for state and local immunization program operations. He has been for the past several years a principal advisor to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and the National Vaccine Advisory Committee on vaccine supply issues, where he has delivered formal presentations several times a year.

Mason is a graduate of Texas A&M-Commerce, where he attained a Bachelor of Science degree. He is recipient of numerous professional honors and awards, including the 1995 Public Health Service Superior Service Award for exceptional leadership in the development and implementation of the Vaccines for Children program, as well as being honored for the VFC program that same year during President Clinton’s Rose Garden Ceremony. In 1992, he was recognized during President George H. Bush’s Rose Garden Ceremony for contributions to the development of Immunization Action Plans. He has published reports in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved and in Public Health Reports.

The mission of the Albert B. Sabin Vaccine Institute is to save lives by stimulating development of new vaccines and increasing immunization rates throughout the world. Founded in 1993, the Institute pursues Dr. Albert Sabin’s vision of a world protected from disease by vaccines.