Awards and Recognition
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.
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."
Dr. Cutrell named Featured Educator by IDSA
Dr. Brad Cutrell is the Infectious Disease Society of America's featured educator for June 2021. His areas of scholarly interest focus on leveraging technology and other innovative strategies to teach antimicrobial stewardship and general ID content to graduate medical trainees. "It was my year serving as a Chief Medicine Resident that crystallized my goals to incorporate medical education as a major area of focus for my career in academic medicine", says Dr. Cutrell. COVID has introduced a number of challenges but also accompanying opportunities to rethink and innovate in the education space. The rapid increase in telemedicine and “Zoom” conferences has also required a rethinking of our ID fellowship and residency curriculum but has created a natural opening to disrupt the status quo and try out new content or strategies to deliver content outside of the traditional in-person lecture.
Dr. Shiloh inducted into ASCI
Dr. Michael Shiloh is inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI). Dr. Shiloh is recognized for his research into how the bacteria Mycobacterium tuberculosis cause disease in humans. Tuberculosis killed 1.4 million people around the world in 2019 and is thought to infect about one-fourth of the world’s population, according to the World Health Organization. Dr. Shiloh’s work is focused on understanding the pathogenesis of tuberculosis, starting from disease acquisition, to factors that affect survival of the bacteria in the body, and finally, toward mechanisms of disease transmission from infected to uninfected individuals.
HIVMA Board Member
Dr. Mamta Jain was elected to the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) Board of Directors. Dr. Jain has treated HIV patients for over 20 years in a city now considered a "hot spot" targeted for ending the HIV epidemic. She is familiar with the problems of fragmented care, inadequate access, and racial iequality leading to too many young men and women of color becoming infected. Dr. Jain is currently working on programs to increase testing and treatment for hepatitis C. HIV and hepatitis C are overlapping epidemics, and we should develop complementary strategies to end both of these epidemics.
Dr. David Greenberg named member of Shine Academy
Dr. David Greenberg was recently named a member of The University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Science Education. Congratulations on this honor that recognizes your outstanding contributions as educators.
ΑΩΑ Honor Medical Society Inductee
Dr. David Greenberg, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Microbiology, was recently inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. The 2019 inductees were presented at the annual banquet of the Gamma Chapter of Texas by Dr. Kevin Klein, Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Biff Palmer, Professor of Internal Medicine, presented the Lyman E. Bilhartz, M.D., AOA Lecture: “Beyond the Basecamp.”
Members are selected based upon high academic standing, leadership among peers, professionalism, a firm sense of ethics, promise of future success in medicine, and a commitment to service in the school and community.
Dr. Kitchell named to HIVMA Leadership Development Committee
The HIVMA recently selected members to their Leadership Development Committee. Selected from over 100 applications, Dr. Ellen Kitchell will help ensure that volunteers meet core competency skill areas and represent the diverse needs, perspectives and experiences of the HIVMA membership.
Dr. Bedimo named to IDSA Leadership Development Committee
IDSA has selected Dr. Roger Bedimo to their Leadership Development Committee. The committee will develop and oversee the process of identifying, coaching and stewarding qualified pools of applicants to serve as volunteer leaders. It will also ensure that volunteers meet core competency skill areas and represent the diverse needs, perspectives and experiences of our membership – tapping into an expanded pool of potential leaders and volunteers with diverse expertise and backgrounds.