Dr Mary Ramsay obtained her medical degree at University College in London. Before joining the Health Protection Agency she held an academic post at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in London. She became a Consultant Epidemiologist in 1994 with responsibility for the national surveillance of vaccine preventable diseases, blood-borne hepatitis and transfusion transmissible infections. She regularly produces information to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to inform policy on vaccination and for a range of groups on the prevention and control of hepatitis. She is joint Chief Editor of Immunisation Against Infectious Diseases – the recognised national source of advice on vaccination, last published in 2006 and with subsequent updated chapters. She has also been involved in several national guidance documents on public health policy in her disease areas. In addition she provides expert clinical and public health advice in the field of vaccination and blood borne virus prevention. Her work has directly contributed to several major decisions on national vaccination policy, that, in turn has provided benefits for public health. She often acts as a temporary advisor to WHO on vaccine preventable diseases and advises the European Centre for Disease Control on surveillance and epidemiology of vaccine preventable diseases.
Over the past two years she has been Head of the Immunisation, Hepatitis and Blood Safety Department. In this role she has continued to lead national surveillance and to demonstrate a track record in surveillance development, in managing acute investigations and in providing expert advice and support to a wide range of professionals and organisations who contribute to public health, both in England and overseas. Dr Ramsay’s research interests involve establishing the potential role for new vaccines.