Philip Dormitzer, MD, Internal Medicine, Cambridge, MA, South Shore Hospital


Internal Medicine Cambridge, MA

Hospital Medicine/Hospitalist

Head of US Research, Global Head of Virology, Vice President, Novartis Vaccines; Hospitalist, Coastal Medical Assoc.

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  • Philip R. Dormitzer, M.D., Ph.D., is Head of US Research, Global Head of Virology, and Vice President at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He is a practicing physician, board certified in Internal Medicine. After studying anthropology at Harvard College and carrying out a field study of the Efe Pygmies in the Ituri Forest of Zaire, Dr. Dormitzer completed his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Stanford University. His graduate research focused on rotavirus antigenic structure. Dr. Dormitzer completed house-staff training in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and a fellowship in the Harvard Combined Infectious Diseases Training Program. He conducted his fellowship research in the Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, led by Dr. Stephen Harrison. As an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Dormitzer led a structural virology laboratory. The Dormitzer group and its collaborators determined the structures of the rotavirus neutralization antigens by NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, and near atomic resolution electron cryomicroscopy. At NV&D, as Senior Project Leader for Viral Vaccine Research, he had responsibility for global vaccine research projects on influenza, RSV, parvovirus B19, and other agents. In 2009, these projects included the research component of the Novartis response to the H1N1v influenza pandemic, supporting the development and licensure of three pandemic influenza vaccines in the most rapid vaccine response in history. As Head of the Viral Advanced Programs Global Team, he coordinated scientific and industrial functions to advance novel viral vaccine projects toward licensure, with a primary focus on an engineered RSV F subunit vaccine candidate, intended for maternal immunization. As Head of Research, US, he leads approximately 80 scientists, most based at the NV&D Cambridge Research Center, in their viral vaccine discovery mission.

Education & Training

  • Harvard Combined Program in Infectious DiseasesFellowship, 1996 - 2000
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Massachusetts General HospitalResidency, Internal Medicine, 1995 - 1996
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
    Massachusetts General HospitalInternship, Internal Medicine, 1994 - 1995
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
    Stanford University School of MedicineClass of 1994, MD
  • Stanford University
    Stanford University PhD, Cancer Biology, 1987 - 1992
  • Harvard College
    Harvard CollegeB.A., Biological Anthropology, summa cum laude, 1980 - 1986

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical License
    MA State Medical License 1996 - 2021
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Maxwell Finland Award for scientific excellence during an infectious disease fellowship Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society, 2000
  • Joseph Garrison Parker Prize for breadth of interest in a pre-medical student Harvard College, 1986
  • Jacob Wendell Scholar for academic promise based on the record of the freshman year Harvard College, 1981

Publications & Presentations


Books/Book Chapters

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  • The Antigenicity and Imunogenicity of Rotavirus Outer Capsid Proteins Expressed by Novel Recombinant Herpesvirus Vectors 
    Dormitzer, P.R., Ph.D. Thesis, Program in Cancer Biology, Stanford University
    University Microfilms, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI

Press Mentions

  • Existing Vaccines Should Work Against New Coronavirus Variants—for Now
    Existing Vaccines Should Work Against New Coronavirus Variants—for NowJanuary 17, 2021 11:52
  • How COVID Unlocked the Power of RNA Vaccines
    How COVID Unlocked the Power of RNA VaccinesJanuary 13, 2021 20:14
  • Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Is Effective Against Key Mutation, New Study Finds
    Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine Is Effective Against Key Mutation, New Study FindsJanuary 10, 2021 03:38
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Grant Support

  • Synthetic Influenza Vaccine Seeds for Rapid Pandemic ResponseBiomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority2010–Present
  • Manipulating Immunodominance In Influenza HANational Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases2011
  • Rotavirus Vp4: Structure And FunctionNational Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases2003–2006
  • Structural Basis For Rotavirus Entry Into CellsNational Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases1998–2000


  • Member, Research Committee, Infectious Diseases Society of America 2012 - Present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Virology

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