The Society Citation is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, and outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases, or a lifetime of outstanding achievement. More than one award may be given each year.
Dial Hewlett Jr., MD, FIDSA, who has worked tirelessly to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates in communities of color and to attract Black physicians to the field of ID, is the recipient of a 2021 IDSA Society Citation. First awarded in 1977, this is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, an outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases or a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
As medical director of the Division of Disease Control and deputy to the commissioner of health in the Westchester County Department of Health in New York, Dr. Hewlett has played a major role in the county’s pandemic response. As a member of the National Medical Association’s COVID-19 Task Force, he has disseminated the science of COVID-19 throughout the United States, educating physicians and members of the public. Through his numerous media appearances, including as a spokesperson for IDSA, he has dispelled myths and misconceptions about COVID-19 vaccines, especially in the African American community. In recognition of his accomplishments, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded him a grant to study community-based participatory approaches to reducing COVID-19 disparities and increasing patient health literacy in Westchester County.
Dedicated to promoting inclusion and diversity in IDSA, Dr. Hewlett has been instrumental in bringing young physicians of color into IDSA and in growing the society’s George Counts Interest Group. The recipient of several teaching awards, he has inspired and guided dozens of ID fellows in their professional careers. An adjunct clinical associate professor of microbiology and immunology at New York Medical College in Valhalla and an ID consultant at Calvary Hospital in the Bronx, Dr. Hewlett has also held several senior positions in the pharmaceutical industry.
An astute clinician, scientist, mentor, and public health advocate who has excelled in multiple roles in the ID field during his long career, Dr. Hewlett has been a powerful champion of the underserved. IDSA is delighted to recognize him with a 2021 Society Citation.
Suzanne F. Bradley, MD, FIDSA, who has contributed significantly to IDSA’s development of clinical practice guidelines, is the recipient of a 2021 IDSA Society Citation. First awarded in 1977, this is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, an outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases or a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
As a member and chair of IDSA’s Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee, Dr. Bradley has played a major role in the society’s efforts to complete timely guidelines that advance excellence in clinical care. During her tenure as chair from 2017 to 2020, 18 guidelines were completed, including the revised Lyme disease and Babesiosis guidelines, which were large and complicated projects. She was instrumental in leading the committee into a new era of innovation in best practices, the engagement of a broader and more diverse committee, improvements in analytics and new standards for streamlining the group’s work. Her pragmatic, steady and forward-looking leadership was critical in overseeing guideline timelines, promoting diversity in the composition of guideline panels, and ensuring that panels adhered to the GRADE methodology in their work.
A nationally recognized expert in the problem of infections in older adults, Dr. Bradley is a professor of internal medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Michigan Medical School and hospital epidemiologist for the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Editor-in-chief of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology since 2007, she also currently serves as president of the Michigan Infectious Disease Society. Her research focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of infections in older adults and in nursing home residents.
For Dr. Bradley’s extensive commitment and dedication in leading the Standards and Practice Guidelines Committee in developing timely and relevant guidelines that have greatly improved the treatment of patients around the world, IDSA is pleased to recognize her with a 2021 Society Citation.
Henry Masur, MD, FIDSA, a leader of IDSA’s efforts to improve the care of patients with sepsis nationwide, is the recipient of a 2021 IDSA Society Citation. First awarded in 1977, this is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, an outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases, or a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
As IDSA’s liaison to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines Committee, Dr. Masur has brought balance by emphasizing the importance of weighing the potential harms of unnecessary antibiotic use against the risks of delayed treatment. Since 2017, he has served as chair of IDSA’s Sepsis Task Force, which is charged with enhancing the quality of sepsis care. Under his leadership, this group has been working to reduce the risk of antibiotic overuse in U.S. hospitals by recommending changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ SEP-1 national sepsis quality measure. Dr. Masur has fostered efforts to develop position papers articulating IDSA’s position and to bring together multiple professional societies to identify key areas within the measure that can be improved, demonstrating that IDSA’s concerns are shared by many.
A highly respected leader in the field, Dr. Masur is chief of the Critical Care Medicine Department at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, a position he has held since 1989. He also holds appointments at the University of Maryland in Baltimore and the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C. A past president of IDSA, he has served on numerous committees for the society and nationally and has received many honors during his distinguished career.
In recognition of Dr. Masur’s skilled leadership and ability to engage with others, build coalitions and forge a constructive path forward in efforts to improve sepsis care, IDSA is pleased to award him a 2021 Society Citation.
Tina Tan, MD, FIDSA, a staunch advocate for health equity, inclusion and diversity, is the recipient of a 2021 IDSA Society Citation. First awarded in 1977, this is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, an outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases or a lifetime of outstanding achievement.
Under Dr. Tan’s leadership as chair, IDSA’s Inclusion, Diversity, Access and Equity (IDA&E) Task Force has been a consistent voice for trusted experts to address long-standing health care disparities and inequalities for vulnerable and underserved communities. She has led the group through the development of several published articles highlighting racial disparities uncovered and reinforced by COVID-19 including in the African American, Hispanic/Latinx, LGBTQ+ and rural communities. An influential expert on pediatric-related issues during the pandemic, she has called attention to critical issues that must be addressed from the individual, community and public health perspectives. She has participated in numerous IDSA podcasts, news briefings and media interviews.
As a featured guest in IDSA’s Cultural Awareness Series, Dr. Tan has emphasized the cultural differences for which competence is required when caring for the Asian American and Pacific Islander community, including the role of the family in making decisions about medical care, the use of alternative medicine, and ways to address potential barriers. A professor of pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and an attending physician at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Dr. Tan is also the medical director for the hospital’s International Adoptee Clinic, where she provides evaluations for children being adopted from around the world.
Dr. Tan has championed the underserved and underrepresented by sharing her expertise and cultural perspectives with mentees, colleagues and the public, advocating for the equal treatment for all patients. She has been instrumental in advancing the society’s inclusion, diversity, access and equity initiatives, and IDSA is proud to recognize her with a 2021 Society Citation.
Past Society Citation Award Winners
|2020||Adarsh Bhimraj, M.D., FIDSA|
|2020||Christopher A. Ohl, M.D., FIDSA|
|2019||Brian S. Schwartz, MD|
|Steven K. Schmitt, MD, FIDSA|
|2018||Louis D. Saravolatz, MD, FIDSA|
|2017||Wendy S. Armstrong, MD, FIDSA
Patrick Joseph, MD, FIDSA
Dean, L. Winslow, MD, FIDSA
|2016||Mark A. Leasure
Bruce G. Gellin, MD, MPH, FIDSA
Martin G. Myers, MD, FIDSA, FPIDS
|2015||Helen W. Boucher, MD, FIDSA|
|2014||David L. Thomas MD, MPH, FIDSA|
|2013||Marguerite A. Neill, MD
Catherine M. Wilfert, MD
|2012||Myron S. Cohen, MD, FIDSA
N. Cary Engleberg, MD, FIDSA
Alan D. Tice, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA
Carol J. Baker, MD, FIDSA
John G. Bartlett, MD, FIDSA
|2009||Warren D. Johnson, Jr., MD, FIDSA|
|2008||Russell Petrak, MD|
Gary P. Wormser, MD, FIDSA
Larry J. Strausbaugh, MD, FIDSA
George G. Jackson, MD
Stanley Falkow, PhD
|2003||Morton N. Swartz, MD
Julie Gerberding, MD, on behalf of the CDC staff
|2002||Marvin Turck, MD
C. Douglas Webb, PhD
|2001||George W. Counts, MD|
|2000||Dennis George Maki, MD
Dennis L. Stevens, MD, PhD
|1999||Sydney Finegold, MD|
|1998||Porter Anderson, PhD
John Robbins, MD
Rachel Schneerson, MD
David Smith, MD
|1997||Johan Septimus Bakken, MD|
|1996||Donald A. Henderson, MD|
|1995||King Holmes, MD, PhD|
|1994||David Rogers, MD
Edward Hook, III, MD
|1993||Dorothy Horstmann, MD
Samuel Katz, MD
Harold Neu, MD
|1992||Robert Austrian, MD
Jay Sanford, MD
|1988||Martha Yow, MD|
|1987||Margaret Pittman, PhD, MS|
|1986||Victor Nussenzweig, MD|
|1985||Robert Gallo, MD
Luc Montagnier, CNRS
Sheldon Wolff, MD
|1984||Allen Steere, MD|
|1983||Maurice Hilleman, PhD
Saul Krugman, MD
|1982||James Todd, MD|
|1981||Don Brenner, MS, PhD
William Cherry MS, PhD and Colleagues
James Freeley, PhD
Joseph McDade, PhD
|1977||Edward Kass, MD, PhD, M|