21 June, 2018
Dr. Adel Mahmoud, an infectious-disease expert who played a vital role in the development of lifesaving vaccines; died on June 11 in Manhattan. He was 76.
His death, at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, was caused by a brain hemorrhage, his wife, Dr. Sally Hodder, said.
As president of Merck Vaccines from 1998 until 2006, Dr. Mahmoud oversaw the creation and marketing of several vaccines that brought major advances in public health.
One prevents rotavirus infection, a potentially fatal cause of diarrhea in babies.
Another protects against human papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cancers of the cervix, anus, genitals and middle of the throat.
Dr. Mahmoud also helped usher in a combination vaccine against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox; and one to prevent shingles, the painful and debilitating illness that can develop when a previous chickenpox infection is reactivated(NYT).