NFID Awards Dinner: March 4, 2014
The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases honored Richard L. Guerrant, MD and David A. Walton, MD, MPH during a black-tie ceremony honoring individuals for their outstanding achievement in humanitarian service; public education; legislative and/or administrative contributions; clinical and/or research activities; and training future leaders in the field of infectious diseases. Read the NFID blog post with highlights of the evening.
2014 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement
Richard L. Guerrant, MD is an internationally known expert in infectious diseases and global health. He graduated from Davidson and the University of Virginia, School of Medicine. Dr. Guerrant founded the Nation’s first Trans-University Center for Global Health in 2001. He has worked in the Congo, Bangladesh, Brazil, and South Africa. He completed an internship and residency at Harvard’s Boston City Hospital, a fellowship at NIH and worked on cholera research in Bangladesh. Dr. Guerrant is currently leading a $30 million project focusing on “Malnutrition as an Enteric Disease. The project is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has authored 550 scientific and clinical articles, reviews, and major textbook chapters.
2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award
David A. Walton, MD, MPH is a leading expert in community-based care of AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, and non-communicable disease in resource-poor settings. He entered Harvard Medical School in 1998 after receiving his BA from Augustana College. Dr. Walton began his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Walton first traveled to Haiti following his first year at Harvard as a research assistant to Dr. Paul Farmer and the Partners in Health organization. Since 2008, Dr. Walton has worked with others to accomplish many humanitarian and public education activities including the renovation and staffing of a small clinic in Lascohabas; construction and staffing of a 100-bed hospital in Lacolline; worked as an emergency first responder following the earthquake; and oversaw the construction and staffing of a state-of-art 300 bed teaching hospital that will employ 800 Haitians. He is an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
2014 Awards Dinner Sponsors:
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