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Edward H. Kass Lectureship

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2021 Featured Lecturer

Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD

Patricia N. Whitley-Williams, MD is Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases and Associate Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS).  A native of Boston, she received a B.S. degree in biology from Simmons College in Boston and an M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  She completed her pediatric residency at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at Boston City Hospital/Boston University School of Medicine. 

She served on the faculty of Boston University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia before joining the faculty at Rutgers RWJMS (formerly known as the University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ). She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She has published articles and several book chapters, served on national grant review committees, is the recipient of many awards, and has mentored many young pediatricians, residents and medical students.  

She is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Medical Association. She serves on national committees including, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (President), the National Medical Association’s liaison member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, member of the Governance Review Task Force of the National Board of Medical Examiners, a member of the NMA’s COVID-19 Task Force, and a member of NJ Department of Health’s COVID-19 Professional Advisory Committee.  She is an active member of the Central Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Her research interests include HIV/AIDS in women and children as well as childhood and adolescent immunizations.


Past Edward Kass Lecturers 

2020 Adaora A. Adimora, M.D., MPH, FIDSA
2019 Henry L. DuPont, M.D., FIDSA
2018 Henry Masur, M.D., FIDSA
2017 James M. Hughes, M.D., FIDSA
2016 John R. Perfect, M.D., FIDSA
2015 Karen C. Carroll, M.D., FIDSA
2014 Janet Gilsdorf, M.D., FIDSA, FPIDS  
2013 Peter Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.
2012 Elaine L. Larson, Ph.D., RN, FIDSA
2011 Larry Pickering, M.D.
2010 Richard Wenzel, M.D., MPH
2009 Paul A. Volberding, M.D., FIDSA
2008 Arturo Casadevall, M.D.
2007 David Relman, M.D., FIDSA
2006 Wafaa El-Sadr, M.D., FIDSA
2005 Constance A. Benson, M.D., FIDSA
2004 Lucy Tompkins, M.D., Ph.D., FIDSA
2003 Seymour J. Klebanoff, M.D., Ph.D.
2002 Stanley A. Plotkin, M.D., FIDSA
2001 John G. Bartlett, M.D., FIDSA
2000 Walter Stamm, M.D.
1999 Sharon Hillier, Ph.D.
1998 Martin Blaser, M.D., FIDSA
1997 Judith Wasserheit, M.D., FIDSA
1996 Charles S. Bryan, M.D.
1995 Alfred Evans, M.D.
1994 Jay Sanford, M.D.
1993 Floyd Denny, M.D.
1992 Allan Brandt
1991 Theodore Woodward, M.D.


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