Dr. John W. Ward is Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is responsible for research, surveillance, policies, and programs to prevent viral hepatitis transmission and disease. Dr. Ward’s previous work includes early studies of HIV transmission, natural history and leading US HIV/AIDS surveillance. Dr. Ward has authored over 150 scientific publications, served as Editor of MMWR, CDC’s health bulletin and was the Editor for Silent Victories, a history of public health in the 20th century published by Oxford University Press. Dr. Ward received his MD from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham and internal medicine training at the University of Alabama Hospitals. He is a faculty member of the Department of Medicine, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.