Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals

Professor J Peter Figueroa

Consultant - Public Health, Epidemiology and HIV, Department of Community Health and Psychiatry, University of the West Indies, Jamaica

J Peter Figueroa is Professor of Public Health, Epidemiology and HIV/AIDS at the University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, where he has developed a doctorate program in public health. He was formerly the Chief Medical Officer at the Ministry of Health and for many years the Chief Epidemiologist and Director of the National HIV/STI Program in Jamaica and a Scientific Secretary of the Caribbean Health Research Council. He has represented the Government of Jamaica on regional and international health-related agencies and conducted consultancies in the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

Peter Figueroa graduated from the University of the West Indies with a BSc (Hons) degree in Physiology in 1969, an MBBS in 1972 and a Diploma in Public Health with Distinction in 1975. In 1981, he completed a Certificate in General Management and in 1996, was awarded a PhD from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Professor Figueroa has chaired the Caribbean Immunization Managers’ annual meeting since 1989 and served on the PAHO Technical Advisory Group for the Expanded Program of Immunization since 1990. He has been rapporteur of the WHO Advisory Committee on Polio Eradication since 2004. Between 2002 and 2005 he served on the independent review committee of GAVI. He is Chair of the UNAIDS HIV Prevention Reference Group and Deputy Chair of the Regional Coordinating Mechanism of the Pan Caribbean AIDS Partnership, PANCAP.

Professor Figueroa's research interests include public health, HIV/STI and other communicable diseases. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers, three jointly edited books and numerous papers and abstracts.

Last updated: 1 September 2010