Lawrence D. Frenkel, MD, is a professor of pediatrics, adjunct professor of microbiology, and director of the Office of Research Support Services at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Rockford, LL, where he was chairman of pediatrics between 1 996 and 2002. Before that, he held faculty appointments at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and at Rutgers University, both in New Brunswick, NJ; the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo; and Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC. He also served as associate medical officer at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.
Dr. Frenkel received his bachelor's degree in chemistry at the State University of New York, Buffalo, and his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He performed his internship and residency in pediatrics at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York, NY.
During the past few years, Dr. Frenkel has given many lectures both abroad and domestically. He has won awards for teaching and service to children from the March of Dimes, the New Jersey State Department of the Health, Winnebago County Health Department in Rockford, and numerous other organizations. He has served or currently serves in leadership positions for the Medical Society of New Jersey, the American College of Allergy and Immunology, the New Jersey and Illinois Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the March of Dimes in both New Jersey and Illinois.
Dr. Frenkel has been principal investigator on research grants and contracts totaling almost $10 million and has served as an advisor for a number of young scholars and postdoctoral fellows. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, more than 50 abstracts, and four multimedia teaching programs. Dr. Frenkel is a reviewer, guest editor, and contributing editor for almost a dozen journals.
In addition to teaching, research and academic administration, Dr. Frenkel has devoted his career to maternal and child health advocacy, especially in the arenas of pediatric AIDS and childhood immunizations, at the local, statewide, national, and international levels. He has served in advisory positions regarding immunization issues to both the New Jersey and Illinois state governments and the World Health Organization in India. Dr. Frenkel has coordinated a study of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis combination vaccine in Mexico, collaborated in studies to develop a cytomegalovirus vaccine, and recently concluded participation in the Merck Rotavirus vaccine trial, marking almost 35 years of intimate interest in human vaccines.