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New in 2017, The D.A. Henderson Award for Outstanding contributions to Public Health will recognize a lifetime of achievement in public health. Dr. Henderson’s role in leading the successful eradication of smallpox will stand forever as a shining example of the profound impact that infectious disease physicians and scientists can have in preventing disease and relieving human suffering. By naming this award in his honor we hope to inspire others to become champions for public health throughout the world.

2020 Winner: Carol Hamilton, MD, MHS, FIDSA

CHamilton.jpgCarol Dukes Hamilton, M.D., MHS, FIDSA, a recognized leader in the fight against tuberculosis, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2020 D.A. Henderson Award for Outstanding Contributions to Public Health. Named to honor the memory of Dr. Henderson, who led the successful eradication of smallpox, this award recognizes a lifetime of achievement in public health.

Throughout a career spanning several decades that has included clinical care, research, public health, and global leadership, Dr. Hamilton’s contributions have directly improved the lives of people all over the world. A leader in programmatically relevant TB research, she was one of the original members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-funded TB Trials Consortium, in which she held leadership positions until her retirement in 2018. A long-time chair of the consortium’s advocacy and external relations committee, she was instrumental in integrating community input into TB research through the creation of the consortium’s highly successful community research advisors group. At the state level, she reinvigorated North Carolina’s TB control program as medical director from 2001-2008, combining practical health experience with cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine.

Professor emeritus of medicine in the Infectious Diseases Division in the Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Dr. Hamilton also served in several leadership positions at Family Health International (now FHI 360), working to improve international public health efforts to control TB, HIV, and other diseases. In these roles, she collaborated with partners around the world to integrate disease control with rigorous scientific research.

The recipient of several awards and the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, mostly focused on HIV/AIDS, TB, and the intersection between the two diseases, Dr. Hamilton’s career has been marked by a focus on including trainees in her work, mentoring them on related projects, and guiding their careers while sharing her passion for public health. She continues to provide mentoring and consultation at FHI 360 and Duke, and her enormous direct contributions to public health are magnified by her successful mentorship of the next generation of public health practitioners. IDSA is proud to recognize her accomplishments with the 2020 D.A. Henderson Award.

Past D.A. Henderson Award Winners

2020 Carol Dukes Hamilton, M.D., MHS, FIDSA
2019 Catherine M. Wilfert, MD, FIDSA
2018 William Schaffner, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA
2017 F. Marc LaForce, MD, FIDSA



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