Dr. Rodewald is a pediatrician and health services researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Program. He received his medical degree from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and trained in pediatrics at the University of Virginia and Robert Wood Johnson School of Medicine. Between internship and residency he completed a 3-year, National Library of Medicine physician-computer science fellowship at the University of Illinois, and after residency he completed a Robert Wood Johnson general academic pediatrics fellowship at the University of Rochester.
At the University of Rochester, he was associate professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In 1996, he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he is currently associate director for science in the Immunization Services Division of the National Immunization Program and acting chief of the newly created Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch. He is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research and the federal Senior Biomedical Research Service.
His immunization delivery research started 10 years ago at the University of Rochester with colleagues Drs. Peter Szilagyi and Sharon Humiston, and mentors Caren Hall and Klaus Roghmann. They were interested in whether children with access to primary care who used the emergency department for nonemergencies had deficiencies in their health supervision, especially immunizations. Their research led them to studies at primary care provider offices on immunization practices, missed opportunities to immunize, interventions to raise coverage levels, and whether children not up-to-date on immunizations are also less likely to receive other clinical preventive services. Dr. Rodewald's current research interests include the structure of the immunization delivery system and methods to integrate more completely and seamlessly immunizations into the medical home for comprehensive primary care.