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October 2008
Vol. 18 No. 10
Your Colleagues
Congratulations to the 2008 Society Award Winners!

IDSA, the Education and Research Foundation, and the HIV Medicine Association offer awards to individuals to honor outstanding achievements in the field of infectious diseases and HIV/AIDS.  Award recipients are pioneers in the study of newly emerging diseases, inspiring and supportive teachers, those who paved the way for life-saving vaccines, and those who have made significant contributions to HIV knowledge and the provision of quality HIV care. 

Alexander Fleming Award
The Alexander Fleming Award is granted in recognition of a career that reflects major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases.


Robert C. Moellering, Jr., MD, FIDSA, is a prolific researcher who has carried out numerous studies of the mechanism of action and mechanisms of resistance of antimicrobial agents.

Oswald Avery Award
The Oswald Avery Award recognizes outstanding achievement in an area of infectious diseases by an individual member or fellow of IDSA who is 45 or younger.


Vance G. Fowler, Jr., MD, MHS, is recognized for his scholarly research of serious infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

Mentor Award
The Mentor Award was created to recognize individuals who have served as exemplary mentors and is presented to an IDSA member or fellow who has been exceptional in guiding professional growth of infectious diseases professionals.


Gerald Medoff, MD, FIDSA, has trained scores of infectious diseases medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty in the 38 years he has been at Washington University.


Carol J. Baker, MD, FIDSA, has personally supervised the academic and research development of some 64 postdoctoral fellows.

Society Citation
The Society Citation is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, an outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases, or a lifetime of outstanding achievement in a given area—either in research, clinical investigation, or clinical practice.


Russell Petrak, MD, is receiving the Society Citation for his dedicated service and contributions to the Society, particularly as chair of the Clinical Affairs Committee and a member of the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy (OPAT) Task Force.

Clinical Teacher Award

The Clinical Teacher Award honors a career involved in teaching clinical infectious diseases to fellows, residents, or medical students and recognizes excellence as a clinician and motivation to teach the next generation.


Larry M. Baddour, MD, FIDSA, well regarded for his magnetic personality, outstanding clinical excellence, superb teaching skills, an infectious enthusiasm, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2008 Clinical Teacher Award.

Watanakunakorn Award
Named to honor the memory of Dr. Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, this award is given annually by the IDSA Education and Research Foundation to an IDSA member or fellow in recognition of outstanding achievement in the clinical practice of infectious diseases.


Michael L. Butera, MD, is sought out by his colleagues and regarded as a compassionate and dedicated clinician who has given selflessly to his patients and his community, and has served his community on the important issues of our time.

The awards will be presented during ceremonies at the 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC, October 25-28, 2008. More information about this year's Society Award winners is available online.  

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