Skip to nav Skip to content

Oswald Avery Award

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email

The Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement recognizes outstanding achievement in an area of infectious diseases by an IDSA member or fellow who is 45 or younger (on Dec. 31 of the year preceding the IDWeek at which the award is given). The award is based on overall achievement, not usually a single study.  

2023 Winner: Talia Swartz, MD, PhD, FIDSA  


Talia Swartz, MD, PhD, FIDSA, is an educator, mentor, advocate and physician-scientist who runs a National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory focused on the intersection of HIV-1 infection and inflammation. Dr. Swartz improves access to careers as physician-scientists by trainees from underrepresented backgrounds, sheds light on the intersection of systemic racism and COVID-19 and is an advocate for anti-racism education. 

Dr. Swartz is an associate professor of medical education at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, where she is also senior associate dean for MD-PhD Education, director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD-PhD) and director of Graduate Research and Education.  

The Swartz Laboratory seeks to identify a novel mechanism of HIV-associated inflammation through purinergic signaling, which will have broad implications for antiretroviral therapies, adjunctive anti-inflammatory therapies and prognostic measurements. Dr. Swartz has published 60 peer-reviewed articles in high-impact journals such as Cell Reports, Journal of Virology and Nature. Her work has been cited more than 2,000 times.  

Through the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Icahn School of Medicine and as chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ GREAT MD-PhD Section Communications Committee, Dr. Swartz is developing programs to help students from diverse backgrounds bridge the gap between bench and bedside learning and become physician-scientists. As director of Graduate Research and Education, she has developed best practices in anti-racism advising and admissions for the Icahn School of Medicine.  

Dr. Swartz has mentored more than 40 trainees in her laboratory and participates in national mentoring programs, including IDSA’s Mentoring Program, the National Research Mentoring Network and the International AIDS Society mentor team.  

As a member of IDSA’s Inclusion, Diversity, Access & Equity Task Force, Dr. Swartz addresses structural inequities and health disparities through her scholarly work and guideline development.  Her articles have shown disparate racial and geographic outcomes among patients with COVID-19 and the disparate impact of HIV and COVID-19 on the LGBTQIA+ population, and examined the gaps in diversity and equity in biomedicine. 

Dr. Swartz has also served as vice chair of IDSA’s Digital Strategy Advisory Group. She organized and chaired the IDWeek session “The Impact of Social Media During a Pandemic” in 2021 and served as guest editor for a Clinical Infectious Diseases supplement on digital strategy and social media in infectious diseases. Among the many awards Dr. Swartz has received are the Master Educator award from the Institute for Medical Education and the Edward Ronan Award from the Icahn School of Medicine’s Student Council.  

IDSA is pleased to recognize Dr. Swartz with the 2023 Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement for helping students from diverse backgrounds become physician-scientists, for her anti-racism advocacy and for her research on HIV-1 infection and inflammation. 



Past Oswald Avery Award Winners

2022 Nadine Rouphael, MD, FIDSA
2021 Michail Lionakis, MD, ScD, FIDSA
2020 Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD
2019 Nasia Safdar, MD, MS, PhD, FIDSA, FSHEA
2018 Susanna Naggie, MD, MHS, FIDSA
2017 William J. Steinbach, MD
2016 Susan S. Huang, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA
2015 Eric R. Houpt, MD, FIDSA
2014 Sarah E. Cosgrove, MD, MS, FIDSA, FSHEA and Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, FIDSA
2013 Cesar A. Arias, MD, MSc, PhD, FIDSA
2012 Dan A. Barouch, MD, PhD
2011 Umesh Parashar, MBBS, MPH
2010 Eleftherios Mylonakis, MD, PhD, FIDSA 
2009 Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PHD
2008 Vance G. Fowler, Jr., MD, MHS 
2007 Pablo C. Okhuysen, MD, FIDSA
2006 Cynthia G. Whitney, MD, MPH
2005 James E. Crowe, MD
2004 B. Brett Finlay, PhD
2003 Joseph Heitman, MD, PhD
2002 Matthew K. Waldor, MD, PhD
2001 David A. Relman, MD
2000 Michael S. Donnenberg, MD
1999 William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD
1998 Joseph W. St. Geme, III, MD
1997 Samuel I. Miller, MD
1996 David D. Ho, MD
1995 Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH
1994 Mark Klempner, MD
1993 Claire Broome, MD
1992 Martin Blaser, MD
1991 Marcus Horwitz, M.D.
1990 Jerrold Ellner, MD
1989 Henry Murray, MD
1988 Walter Stamm, MD
1987 John Gallin, MD
1986 Charles Dinarello, MD
1985 Dennis Kasper, MD
1984 Adel Mahmoud, MD, PhD
1983 Anthony Fauci, MD
1982 George Miller, PhD
1981 Gerald Keusch, MD
1980 Robert Purcell, MD
1979 Stanley Falkow, PhD
1978 King Holmes, MD, PhD
1977 Lowell Glasgow, MD, MS
1976 Sheldon Wolff, MD
1975 Kenneth Warren, MD
1974 Malcolm Artenstein, MD and Emil Gotschilch, MD
1973 Frank Austen, MD
1972 Zanvil Cohn, MD
1971 Jonathan Uhr, MD
1970 Hans Mueller-Eberhard, MD, DMSc
1969 Robert Chancock, MD
1968 Robert Good, MD, PhD



This website uses cookies

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. Cookies facilitate the functioning of this site including a member login and personalized experience. Cookies are also used to generate analytics to improve this site as well as enable social media functionality.