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

2020 Winner: James D. Cherry, MD, MSc, FIDSA

JCherry.jpgJames D. Cherry, M.D., MSc, FIDSA, who has had an enormous impact on the study of vaccine-preventable diseases and infectious diseases in children, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2020 Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement. This award recognizes a career that reflects major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases.

Over five decades, Dr. Cherry has become a giant in the field of pediatric infectious diseases, starting with his fundamental contributions to the study of enteroviral diseases, vaccine-preventable viral diseases, and the pharmacokinetics of anti-infective agents in the 1960s. His early recognition and description of the limitations of the protective immunity of single-dose measles vaccination are still discussed during new outbreaks of measles in the United States. He continues to make important contributions to the study of pertussis and its prevention, where he has been a worldwide leader since the 1980s, with a recent focus on understanding the pathophysiology and mortality associated with pertussis in infants.

The author of more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Cherry is the senior editor of—and a prolific contributor to—Feigin and Cherry's Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, a groundbreaking encyclopedic reference now in its eighth edition. The eponymous work remains an invaluable resource for all involved in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in children.

Dr. Cherry is a Distinguished Research Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California-Los Angeles and the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital in the Division of Infectious Diseases. During his more than 40 years at UCLA, where he started the  institution’s first pediatric infectious diseases training program, many of his trainees have gone on to become leaders in the field in the United States and around the world.

A strong advocate for immunization and the recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Cherry is a legendary physician-scientist and leader recognized globally for his important and ongoing contributions to the field of pediatric infectious diseases. The Society is proud to honor him with the 2020 Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Past Alexander Fleming Award Winners

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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