News, Honors, and Awards
Dr. Cutrell Honored for Clinical Contributions
Brad Cutrell, M.D., an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine, will receive the Rising Star Award, given in recognition of actions and activities that consistently exemplify commitment, professionalism, and leadership.
Thinwa awarded Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award
Josephine Thinwa, M.D., Ph.D., research was recently recognized when she received a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for Medical Scientists – making her one of only 14 awardees nationwide this year. The prestigious award provides $700,000 to support her research over the next five years. The award is given to physician-scientists committed to an academic career with funding aimed to help bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service.
Dr. Mocherla appointed to committee position
The Infectious Disease Society of America recently appointed Satish Mocherla, M.D., to sit on the National Histoplasmosis Guideline committee. Dr. Mocherla is a former faculty member of the division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine.
IDSA Fellows announced for 2021
Three of our Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine faculty have been named Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) Fellows. Congratulations to Ellen Kitchell, M.D., Jeremy Chow, M.D., and Pearlie Chong, M.D., in addition Francesca Lee, M.D., who holds a secondary position in Infectious Diseases has also been instated as an IDSA fellow. IDSA fellows are recognized individuals who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession.
HIVMA Clinical Educator Award
Congratulations to Roger Bedimo, M.D. who recently received the 2021 HIVMA Clinical Educator Award. Announced at the 10th Anniversary of ID Week, Dr. Bedimo was recognized for his dedication and service contributions as an HIV clinician and researcher, as well as his commitment to mentoring upcoming HIV professionals.
Women who STEAM rising star award
Dr. Carolee Estelle believes her greatest professional accomplishment to date has been to help lead the pandemic response for Parkland Health & Hospital System. Over the last year & half, after being appointed Interim Chief of Infection Prevention and while only 3 years out of Infectious Diseases fellowship training, she has successfully led one of the largest safety-net health systems in the country through the most significant pandemic in the last 100 years. Dr. Estelle led her team and the health system through the process of creating protocols that did not exist within the organization, which quite literally transformed the organization to make room to care for the surges of patients with COVID-19. With the help of her team, they supported the entire county response in partnership with the Dallas County Health Department, by erecting and running 3 mega-testing sites, executing nursing home infection prevention consultations, and performing testing of nursing home residents and staff. Additionally, she led the response to a bacterial outbreak and gained control of the outbreak in 3 months. By working with her team and other colleagues around the organization, they were able to overcome challenges to make an overall successful response. At one point during the past year, Dr. Estelle said, "The pandemic has been marked by misinformation in the workforce and in the community. I have worked together with community partners to deliver countless educational sessions about COVID-19 and the vaccines to build trust and improve hesitancy by helping people in communities of color make the best decisions for themselves with high quality information."