Dr. Humiston received her medical degree from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio, and completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She next completed a general academic pediatrics fellowship and a master's degree in public health at the University of Rochester School of Medicine in Rochester, New York. She remained at the University of Rochester to serve on the faculty of the Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and as the Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program.
During her academic career, Dr. Humiston has been involved with research on the delivery of immunization services and published many peer-reviewed articles on this topic. She led the development of the Vaccine Information Statements (changing them from 11 pages to a two-sided sheet), and served as the medical director of an award-winning targeted immunization outreach program for inner-city Rochester.
From July 1997 until July 2000, Dr. Humiston left academic medicine to join the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Immunization Program. During that period, she coauthored Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases and educated more than 65,000 health care providers through live satellite broadcasts and teleconferences.
Now, having returned to academics at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Dr. Humiston is researching physicians' opinions of the intranasal flu vaccine. She recently published her first book for parents, Vaccinating Your Child: Questions and Answers for the Concerned Parent.