Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP and professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and College of Physicians and Surgeons, has been selected by the Infectious Diseases Society of America to receive the 2011 Society Citation Award for her outstanding contributions to the field of infectious disease. First awarded in 1977, the highly prestigious Society Citation recognizes exemplary contribution to IDSA and outstanding achievements in the field of infectious diseases in research, clinical investigation, or clinical practice.
IDSA, which represents physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who specialize in infectious diseases, works to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.
Dr. El-Sadr’s work in infectious disease was launched at Harlem Hospital, where for two decades she led the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. El-Sadr was instrumental in the development of an internationally recognized comprehensive HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis program focused on service, training, and research. Over the past 10 years, she has led ICAP, a center at the Mailman School that provides technical assistance for HIV prevention, care, and treatment programs, as well as related health issues including tuberculosis, maternal and child health, capacity building, and health systems strengthening. ICAP has supported work at more than 1,200 sites across 21 resource-limited countries around the world. More than one million people have received HIV services through programs supported by ICAP.
A leading academic, Dr. El-Sadr has also spearheaded many research studies that address various aspects of the prevention and treatment of HIV and tuberculosis. Her scholarship appears in a variety of leading journals, and she has been named a MacArthur Fellow and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. El-Sadr received the Society Citation at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America in Boston on October 20th.
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Originally posted on the Mailman School of Public Health website.