DAVID N. GILBERT, MD, FIDSA, an expert in antibacterial therapeutics, is the recipient of IDSA’s Watanakunakorn Clinician Award. Named to honor the memory of Dr. Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, this award is presented by the IDSA Education and Research Foundation to recognize an IDSA member or fellow for outstanding achievement in the clinical practice of infectious diseases.
Dr. Gilbert is professor of medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, and is chief of infectious diseases at Providence Portland Medical Center.
A past president of IDSA, Dr. Gilbert has served on more than a dozen IDSA committees and continues to serve the Society as co-chair of the Antimicrobial Availability Task Force. In this role, he has made a major impact in calling attention to the dearth of new antibiotics to deal with resistant bacteria—a crisis that is viewed by many infectious disease clinicians as the biggest threat to patient care. Dr. Gilbert coined the phrase “bad bugs, no drugs,” which became the title of a groundbreaking 2004 IDSA report, and subsequently originated the term “10 x ’20,” which was adopted as the name of the Society’s campaign to spur the development of 10 new antibiotics by 2020.
Also noteworthy are Dr. Gilbert’s efforts to fight for public policies that have helped his ID colleagues to care for patients. He has spent countless hours interfacing with the Food and Drug Administration, industry, and Congress to stimulate new drug discovery and development and, concomitantly, to clarify the path to regulatory approval. Dr. Gilbert’s investigative work has focused on antibiotic efficacy and toxicity. His clinical research was integral to defining once daily dosing of aminoglycosides as standard of care.
Dr. Gilbert has played a major role in medical education. He was director of medical education at Providence Portland Medical Center for almost 35 years, and has served as infectious disease fellowship director and director of graduate medical education as well. He was elected a Master of the American College of Physicians in 2002, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the medical community as a specialist in internal medicine. Over his more than four-decade career as an educator, he has trained hundreds of residents in internal medicine and fellows in infectious diseases.
As a co-editor of the Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy and the Sanford Guide to HIV/AIDS Therapy, Dr. Gilbert has helped to shape and inform clinical decision-making for multiple generations of ID practitioners. He has nearly 150 peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Gilbert was one of the original co-investigators of the IDSA Emerging Infections Network (EIN) and continues to serve on the EIN advisory board. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the EIN is a widely used forum for infectious diseases practitioners nationwide to share knowledge, seek advice, and improve patient care.
Dr. Gilbert earned a medical degree from the University of Oregon Medical School in 1964, was a rotating intern at Hennepin County General Hospital from 1964 through 1967, was a medical resident at the University of Oregon Medical School from 1967 through 1969, and was a research fellow in infectious diseases with Jay Sanford at the University of Texas Southwest Medical School from 1969 through 1971.
For his accomplishments as an infectious disease clinician, IDSA is pleased to present Dr. Gilbert with the 2012 Watanakunakorn Clinician Award.
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