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2018 Winner: Louis D. Saravolatz, MD, FIDSA


Saravolatz.jpgLouis D. Saravolatz, MD, FIDSA, a widely respected clinician and researcher with a strong commitment to IDSA, is the recipient of the 2018 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.

Dr. Saravolatz is chair of the Department of Medicine at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, and a professor of medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. He developed an extensive background in bacterial infections early in his career, including descriptions of early outbreaks of Legionella. In the early 1980s, he was among the first to document the emergence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in the community. A decade later, Dr. Saravolatz was actively involved in National Institutes of Health committees that developed treatment strategies for HIV before modern antiretroviral therapy became available. The author of more than 200 publications and book chapters, he has continued to actively pursue research interests in infection control and novel antimicrobial agents for Gram-positive bacteria, including MRSA, vancomycin-intermediate S. aureus, vancomycin-resistant S. aureus, and daptomycin-resistant isolates.

One of the most respected ID physicians in the Detroit metropolitan area, Dr. Saravolatz has made substantial contributions to IDSA through his dedicated service on multiple committees. A member of the Publications Committee for more than five years (2010-2016), he served as its chair from 2013 to 2016, leading the committee’s efforts to oversee the publication of the Society’s scientific journals. In 2015, he was chair of the search committee for the editor-in-chief of Clinical Infectious Diseases. A former chair of the Society’s Committee on Antimicrobial Usage and Clinical Trials (2000-2003) and chair of the ad hoc committee that reviewed the Joint Commission’s sepsis guidelines in 2005, he has also been a member of the Fellows In-Training Examination Writing Committee (2006-2007) and the Regional Representative National Committee (2010-2012).

Dr. Saravolatz received his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, followed by an internship and residency training at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, where he also completed his ID fellowship. Invited frequently to speak at regional, national, and international meetings and conferences, Dr. Saravolatz has served on numerous hospital, regional, and state committees. An active member of the Infectious Diseases Division who regularly rounds with house staff, he continues to attend on the consult service and mentors fellows and young faculty in their own research.

An accomplished physician and researcher, Dr. Saravolatz has contributed significantly to IDSA’s mission, including through his extensive service on the Society’s Publications Committee. IDSA is delighted to add the 2018 Society Citation to his long list of achievements.


Past Society Citation Award Winners

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
Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, FIDSA


John G. Bartlett, MD, FIDSA
Theodore C. Eickhoff, MD, FIDSA

2009 Warren D. Johnson, Jr., MD, FIDSA 
2008 Russell Petrak, MD

Gary P. Wormser, MD, FIDSA
Eduardo Gotuzzo, MD, FIDSA


Larry J. Strausbaugh, MD, FIDSA


George G. Jackson, MD
Lawrence P. Martinelli, MD


Stanley Falkow, PhD
Walter T. Hughes, Jr., MD
Emanuel Wolinsky, MD

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







































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