The Clinical Practice Innovation Award will be awarded to members who devote the majority of their time to patient care and who have significantly advanced the clinical practice of infectious diseases within the last five years. This may be accomplished through innovation in clinical practice design or management, or advocacy on the behalf of IDSA that fosters change to better recognize the value of infectious diseases practice.
2020 Winner: Raghavendra Tirupathi, MD
Raghavendra Tirupathi, M.D., who has pioneered a model for a successful rural infectious diseases practice, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2020 Clinical Practice Innovation Award. This award recognizes members who devote the majority of their time to patient care and who have significantly advanced the clinical practice of infectious diseases within the last five years through innovation in clinical practice design or management, or advocacy on behalf of IDSA that fosters change to better recognize the value of infectious diseases practice.
Deeply committed to ID care in rural areas, Dr. Tirupathi started and leads an ID/HIV practice that accommodates approximately 4,000 patient visits each year at Keystone Health, a federally qualified health center in rural Pennsylvania serving the uninsured and underinsured population of three counties. The center’s HIV program provides the only source of specialized HIV care in a 100-mile area and is the only practice providing HIV preexposure prophylaxis medication to the county’s vulnerable and at-risk populations. In response to rising rates of chlamydia and syphilis infections in the local area, he also initiated a sexually-transmitted disease and HIV testing and treatment program, which now serves 1,000 patients annually.
Dr. Tirupathi serves as chair of infection control committees at WellSpan hospitals in Chambersburg and Waynesboro and is the lead physician for the facilities’ antimicrobial stewardship programs. His work with multiple hospital departments has helped reduce rates of hospital-onset C. difficile infections and unnecessary C. difficile testing, and decreased the use of vancomycin and fluroquinolones. The telemedicine ID consult service he initiated for the Waynesboro hospital has decreased length of stay, patient transfers, and readmission rates.
A caring, empathetic physician who has put countless hours into building a successful ID practice in a rural community, Dr. Tirupathi is a member of several national committees, including for IDSA and HIVMA, and has been the “go to” resource in his county during the COVID-19 pandemic, providing guidance to the medical community and educating the public through numerous media interviews. The Society is delighted to recognize him with the 2020 Clinical Practice Innovation Award.
Past Clinical Practice Innovation Award Winners
|2020||Raghavendra Tirupathi, M.D.|
|2019||No Award Recipient|
|2018||Javeed Siddiqui, MD, MPH|
|2017||Kavita P. Bhavan, MD, MHS, FIDSA|