Peter J. Hotez, MD, PhD, is the founding dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and a professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, where he is also the Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He also serves as Director of Texas Children’s Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, and the Baker Institute Fellow in Disease and Poverty at Rice University.
Dr. Hotez’s research focuses on developing vaccines for neglected tropical diseases such as hookworm infection, schistosomiasis, and Chagas disease. These diseases affect hundreds of millions of children and adults worldwide. A renowned global health advocate, Dr. Hotez co-founded the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases in 2006 as part of the Clinton Global Initiative. The Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases provides access to essential medicines for more than 450 million people.
Dr. Hotez earned an undergraduate degree in molecular biophysics from Yale University in 1980, a PhD in biochemical parasitology from Rockefeller University in 1986, and an MD from Weill Cornell Medical College in 1987. He completed residency training in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital from 1987 to 1989 and postdoctoral fellowship training in infectious diseases and molecular parasitology at Yale from 1989 to 1991.
Dr. Hotez has authored more than 400 original papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet, Science, Scientific American, and other journals and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases. He has also authored or edited 10 books, including the acclaimed Forgotten People, Forgotten Diseases (ASM Press) and Blue Marble Health: An Innovative Plan to Fight Diseases of the Poor amid Wealth (Johns Hopkins University Press). He has also written op-eds and editorials for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and the Huffington Post.
In 2014 he was selected by the US State Department and White House and US Science Envoy, focusing on science and vaccine diplomacy for the Middle East and North Africa.
Dr. Hotez lives in Houston with his wife Ann and his daughter Rachel. His eldest son Matthew is a reggae/jazz/ska musician living in Texas and the Washington DC area and his eldest daughter Emily lives in New York working towards her PhD in developmental psychology at CUNY. His son Daniel studies petroleum engineering at the University of Oklahoma. Dr. Hotez has written about raising a daughter with autism and special needs and his public role as a developer of neglected disease vaccines.