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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.

2019 Winner: Michael Scheld, MD, FIDSA

Michael Scheld.jpgMichael Scheld, MD, FIDSA, an accomplished scientist and scholar whose research has greatly expanded our knowledge of serious life-threatening infections including infective endocarditis, bacterial meningitis, and sepsis, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2019 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 his 40 years as an investigator and educator, Dr. Scheld’s work using molecular tools and animal models has greatly contributed to the understanding of the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of multiple serious infections. The recipient of more than 100 research grants over his career, his impact has extended from the bench to the bedside, influencing recommendations for treatment. Dr. Scheld’s elucidations of the mechanisms of central nervous system inflammation in meningitis led to clinical trials with corticosteroids, which are now accepted adjunctive therapies in both children and adults. His use of experimental animal models of sepsis have led to clinical trials of interventions in sub-Saharan Africa, including early fluid resuscitation in patients with severe sepsis, which was shown to reduce mortality.

Dr. Scheld is the Bayer-Gerald L. Mandell Professor of Infectious Diseases, a professor of medicine, and a clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he has also served as the director of the Pfizer Initiative in International Health. He has contributed more than 230 peer-reviewed publications to the literature; has edited more than 15 books, including Infections of the Central Nervous System, considered a gold standard in the field; and has served on the editorial boards of several journals. A skilled educator, he has received multiple teaching and faculty awards in addition to numerous other honors.

A past president of IDSA, Dr. Scheld formed and was a member of the Society’s Antimicrobial Availability Task Force, established to help address the concerning drop in antibiotic development by the pharmaceutical industry in the face of increasing drug resistance. He has served on IDSA’s annual meeting program committee and the panels that authored clinical practice guidelines for the management of bacterial meningitis, encephalitis, and healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis. He has also served as chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Subspecialty Board on Infectious Diseases. Dr. Scheld received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia before joining the faculty there.

Dr. Scheld’s four decades of seminal research, scholarship, and teaching have had a tremendous and lasting impact on the field, on our knowledge of multiple serious life-threatening infections, and on those he has collaborated with and taught. The Society is proud to honor him with the 2019 Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Past Alexander Fleming Award Winners

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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