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Alexander Fleming Award Winners

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The Alexander Fleming Award for lifetime achievement recognizes an IDSA member or fellow for a career that reflects major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases. 

2023 Winner: Susan Swindells, MBBS

Susan Swindells, MBBS, has conducted many landmark studies that shaped clinical practice in HIV by defining optimal modern antiretroviral treatment strategies and developing new treatments for opportunistic infections, preventing HIV with antiretroviral therapy and preventing tuberculosis in people with HIV. Also, Dr. Swindells has contributed to national and international guidelines for the treatment of HIV, TB and COVID-19. Many of the junior investigators and students Dr. Swindells mentored are now leading HIV researchers. 

Dr. Swindells is a professor of internal medicine in the Department of Infectious Diseases at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she served as medical director of the HIV Clinic for 28 years. She has also been a faculty member at Creighton University School of Medicine and Ohio State University Hospitals. 

The National Institutes of Health, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration and pharmaceutical companies have all funded Dr. Swindells’ clinical trials. She led the study that described the importance of adherence to protease inhibitor-based ART and was the lead clinical investigator for the HPTN 052 trial, which demonstrated the efficacy of early ART for preventing HIV transmission.  

More recently, Dr. Swindells has focused on TB treatment in patients with HIV and long-acting ART. She led the groundbreaking clinical trial of Brief TB therapy, which validated the use of a short course of INH/rifapentine to prevent TB in people with HIV. Clinical treatment guidelines include findings from this study. Dr. Swindells’ research has also led to the approval of long-acting injectable therapy to prevent TB in people with HIV. In addition, Dr. Swindells co-chairs the Phoenix study, a large multinational clinical trial of preventive therapy for MDR-TB.  

Dr. Swindells has published more than 220 journal articles, editorials and review articles. Her work has an h-index of 37, with more than 18,000 citations of her articles. She holds or has held leadership roles in the NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Group, the national HIV guidelines committee and the national COVID-19 guidelines committee.  

Many junior investigators and students who are now physician-scholars, medical directors, community advocates and medical educators were mentored by Dr. Swindells. She has received many awards for her coaching and advising, including the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Scientist Laureate award. This is the university’s highest honor for its researchers. Dr. Swindells is also a leader in providing clinical care to people with HIV.  

The Society is proud to honor Dr. Swindells with the 2023 Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement for her leadership in shaping clinical practice in HIV, developing treatment guidelines and mentoring rising leaders in HIV research, as well as medical directors, community advocates and medical educators. 


Past Alexander Fleming Award Winners

2022 Lawrence Corey, MD, FIDSA
2021 David Relman, MD, FIDSA
2020 James D. Cherry, MD, MSc, FIDSA
2019 Michael Scheld, MD, FIDSA
2018 Richard J. Whitley, MD, FIDSA
2017 Barbara E. Murray, MD, FIDSA
2016 Carol J. Baker, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, FPIDS
P. Frederick Sparling, MD, FIDSA
2015 Anne Gershon, MD, FPIDS, FIDSA
2014 Martin J. Blaser, MD, FIDSA
2013 King K. Holmes, MD, FIDSA
2012     Martin S. Hirsch, MD, FIDSA
2011 Barton F. Haynes, MD, FIDSA
2010 Herbert L. DuPont, MD, FIDSA
2009 Arnold S. Monto, MD, FIDSA 
2008       Robert C. Moellering, Jr., MD, FIDSA 
2007 Sherwood L. Gorbach, MD, FIDSA
2006 Merle A. Sande, MD, FIDSA
2005 John G. Bartlett, MD
2004 Stanley A. Plotkin, MD
2003 Bennett Lorber, MD
2002 Gerald T. Keusch, MD
2001 William A. Craig, MD
2000 Gerald L. Mandell, MD
1999 Anthony S. Fauci, MD
1998 Vincent Andriole, MD
1997 Andre J. Nahmias, MD
1996 Jack S. Remington, MD
1995 Jerome Klein, MD
1994 Paul Quie, MD
1993 Seymour Klebanoff, MD
1992 Sheldon Wolff, MD
1991 Theodore Woodward, MD, MACP
1990 George McCracken, Jr., MD
1989 Willy Burgdorfer, PhD, MD
1988 Samuel Katz, MD
1987 Sydney Finegold, MD
1986 Robert Austrian, MD
1985 Elisha Atkins, MD
1984 Morton Swartz, MD
1983 Wesley Spink, MD
1982 Edward Kass, MD, PhD, MS
1981 Jay Sanford, MD
1980 Thomas Weller, MD, MS
1979 Gordon Meikeljohn, MS
1978 Louis Weinstein, MD, PhD
1977 William Kirby, MD
1976 Saul Krugman, MD
1975 Harry Dowling, MD
1974 Lawrence Sherwood, MD
1973 Charles Rammelkamp, MD
1972 Paul Beeson, MD
1971 Colin MacLeod, MD
1970 K. F. Meyer, PhD, DVM
1969 Thomas Francis, MD
1968 John Dingle, MD
1967 Chester Keefer, MD
1966 Maxwell Finland, MD
1965 W. Barry Wood, MD
1964 Ellard Yow, MD



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