Arnold S. Monto MD


Arnold S. Monto, MD is the Thomas Francis Collegiate Professor of Public Health and Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor.  The major focus of his work has been the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of acute infections in the individual and the community.  Respiratory infections, in particular influenza, have been a major interest, with special reference to the evaluation of vaccines in various populations and the assessment of the value of antivirals.  He has worked on these issues in tropical as well as temperate regions.  He led the studies of respiratory infection in Tecumseh, MI, a landmark study of infection in the community.  He has studied various approaches to influenza vaccine use, particularly to control transmission of the virus in the community.

Dr. Monto is involved in assessing the efficacy of various types of influenza vaccine in prophylaxis and antivirals in prophylaxis and therapy of influenza, including implications of resistance.  He now heads an observational study of effectiveness of influenza vaccines in various settings, including households.  His recent activities have included evaluation of face masks and hand hygiene in the control of influenza transmission and determination of efficacy of the traditional inactivated and live attenuated influenza vaccines. He has been a member of the National Allergy and Infectious Diseases Advisory Council of the US National Institutes of Health and is currently a member of the Vaccine and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) of the FDA.  He was past president of the American Epidemiological Society, the 2009 recipient of the Alexander Fleming Award of the Infectious Diseases Society of America for lifetime achievement and the 2012 recipient of the Charles Merieux award of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.  He was a member of the Emergency Committee making recommendations to the World Health Organization during the last influenza pandemic.