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2018 Winner: Allan R. Tunkel, MD, PhD, FIDSA


Tunkel Allan.jpgAllan R. Tunkel, MD, PhD, FIDSA, is one of two recipients of IDSA’s 2018 Clinical Teacher Award. This award honors a career dedicated to teaching clinical infectious diseases to fellows, residents, and medical students and recognizes excellence as a clinician and motivation to teach the next generation of physicians.

An international expert in bacterial meningitis and other central nervous system infections, Dr. Tunkel has an extensive background in medical education, administration, clinical care, and research. Currently a professor of medicine and medical science and associate dean for medical education at Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School, he also held significant academic leadership positions at Drexel University College of Medicine and Monmouth Medical Center. Passionate about physician training and mentorship, he has received numerous honors and awards for teaching throughout his career, including six Golden Apple Awards, four Dean’s Awards for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching at Drexel University, the Laureate Award from the Pennsylvania chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP), and several awards for teaching excellence from internal medicine residents.

A leader in the development of unique and innovative medical education programs, Dr. Tunkel has authored more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and more than 150 book chapters, including for prominent textbooks in the field. He is often asked by clinicians from around the world for advice on how to manage complex patients with central nervous system infections. A prominent authority in this area, he was the chair of three different panels that developed IDSA practice guidelines for bacterial meningitis, encephalitis, and healthcare-associated ventriculitis and meningitis. Listed as one of the Best Doctors in America, he has served multiple times on the writing committee for ACP’s Medical Knowledge Self-Assessment Program, a highly regarded resource for internal medicine residents preparing for the board certification exam. A sought-after speaker, he has given several invited presentations at national and international conferences.

Dr. Tunkel earned a PhD in experimental pathology followed by a medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - New Jersey Medical School. He completed his residency and chief residency in internal medicine at the Hospital of the Medical College of Pennsylvania and a fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. He has served on several IDSA committees, including the Society Awards Committee, the Nominations Committee, and the Education Committee.

Over three decades, Dr. Tunkel has contributed greatly to the education and training of medical students, residents, and fellows through his excellent teaching, clinical expertise, effective administrative leadership, and respected scholarship. IDSA is pleased to add the 2018 Clinical Teacher Award to his impressive record of achievements.


2018 Winner: Frank E. Berkowitz, MD, MPH


Frank Berkowitz.jpgFrank E. Berkowitz, MD, MPH, is one of two recipients of IDSA’s 2018 Clinical Teacher Award. This award honors a career dedicated to teaching clinical infectious diseases to fellows, residents, and medical students and recognizes excellence as a clinician and motivation to teach the next generation of physicians.

Dr. Berkowitz has served on the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine, where he is currently a professor of pediatrics, since 1988. Heavily involved in the education of hundreds of pediatricians and specialists during his tenure at Emory, he is widely regarded by students, residents, fellows, and colleagues for his astute clinical reasoning, the clarity of his teaching, and his unparalleled physical exam skills. Over the past three decades, these attributes have enriched pediatric grand rounds, ID educational seminars, pediatric infectious diseases case conferences, inpatient clinical service weeks, pediatric continuity clinics, and countless patient encounters at his institution. With specialty training not only in pediatric infectious diseases but also neurology and ophthalmology, Dr. Berkowitz brings these to bear in his clinical teaching as well.

The recipient of multiple honors for his teaching, Dr. Berkowitz has received the senior pediatric residents’ annual teaching award 12 times while at Emory. In 2017, he was recognized as one of 41 top faculty educators from across his institution for Emory’s Educator Appreciation Day. His effective teaching styles range from bedside instruction to didactic lectures, including case studies and images collected from his own vast clinical experience, and even medically relevant poetry. No student leaves his team without having performed a Gram stain, and days on service with him often start in the microbiology lab. A supervisor of ID fellows on service and preceptor for the pediatric residency clinic, he also excels at educating patients and their families, using a series of diagrams he has created to help explain various infections.

Dr. Berkowitz earned his medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by additional training in microbiology, neurology, pediatrics, and ophthalmology in South Africa. He completed his pediatric ID fellowship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver and also earned a master of public health degree from Emory. His publications include more than 50 articles, case reports, reviews, and case studies, in addition to two textbooks, Practical Medical Microbiology for Clinicians, which he co-authored, and Case Studies in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, both invaluable resources for clinicians. He has also contributed to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Red Book.

A master clinical educator and a consummate physician, Dr. Berkowitz has greatly impacted the careers of countless students, residents, and fellows with his passion for teaching. IDSA is pleased to recognize his achievements with the 2018 Clinical Teacher Award.


Past Clinical Teacher Award Winners

2017 Michael J. Barza, MD, FIDSA
2016 Rashida A. Khakoo, MD, MACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
2015   Walter R. Wilson, MD, FIDSA
2014   Nesli Basgov, MD, FIDSA
2013 Marvin Turk, MD, FIDSA
2012 Carol A. Kauffman, MD, FIDSA
Sarah S. Long, MD, FIDSA
2011 Vincent J. Quagliarello, MD, FIDSA 
2010 Adolf W. Karchmer, MD, FIDSA
2009 Joshua Fierer, MD, FIDSA
2008 Larry M. Baddour, MD, FIDSA
2007 Daniel M. Musher, MD, FIDSA
2006 Hillar Vellend, MD, FIDSA
2005 John Fisher, MD, FACP



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