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Current President: Cynthia L. Sears, MD, FIDSA, President

Cynthia L. Sears, MD, FIDSA, is professor of medicine and molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is also an attending physician at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

A former IDSA treasurer and a previous member of the Board of Directors, Dr. Sears has served on numerous Society committees, including the Nominating Committee, the Training Director’s Committee, the Publications Committee, the Communications Committee, and the Annual Meeting Program Committee, which she chaired in 2003, among others. A past vice chair of the IDSA Education and Research Foundation, she has participated in IDSA task forces focused on publishing, guideline development, and other key issues. Her research interests include bacterial pathogenesis and the contribution of specific bacteria and the microbiome to colon cancer development.

Dr. Sears graduated from Thomas Jefferson University College of Medicine, followed by an internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center. She completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Memorial Hospital/Sloan Kettering Institute and University of Virginia Medical Center.

Past IDSA Presidents

2018 Paul Auwaerter, MD, FIDSA
2017 William G. Powderly, MD, FIDSA
2016 Johan S. Bakken, MD, PhD, FIDSA
2015 Stephen B. Calderwood, MD, FIDSA
2014      Barbara E. Murray, MD, FIDSA
2013 David A. Relman, MD, FIDSA
2012 Thomas G. Slama, MD, FIDSA
2011 James M. Hughes, MD, FIDSA
2010 Richard J. Whitley, MD, FIDSA
2009 Anne A. Gershon, MD, FIDSA
2008 Donald M. Poretz, MD, FIDSA
2007 Henry Masur, MD, FIDSA
2006 Martin J. Blaser, MD, FIDSA
2005 Walter E. Stamm, MD, FIDSA
2004 Joseph R. Dalovisio, MD, FIDSA
2003 W. Michael Scheld, MD, FIDSA
2002 David N. Gilbert, MD, FIDSA
2001 Carol J. Baker, MD, FIDSA
2000 Catherine M. Wilfert, MD, FIDSA
1999 John G. Bartlett, MD, FIDSA
1998 John E. Bennett, MD, FIDSA
1997 P. Frederick Sparling, MD, FIDSA
1996 Donald Armstrong, MD, FIDSA
1995 Vincent Andriole, MD, FIDSA
1994 Gerald Mandell, MD, FIDSA
1993 Merle Sande, MD, FIDSA
1992 R. Gordon Douglas, Jr., MD, FIDSA
1991 Robert Moellering, Jr., MD, FIDSA
1990 Herbert DuPont, MD, FIDSA
1989 Morton N. Swartz, MD, FIDSA
1988 Jack S. Remington, MD, FIDSA
1987 Calvin M. Kunin, MD, FIDSA
1986 Richard B. Hornick, MD, FIDSA
1985 Paul G. Quie, MD, FIDSA
1984 Theodore C. Eickhoff, MD, FIDSA
1983 Abraham I. Braude, MD, PhD, FIDSA
1982 Sydney M. Finegold, MD, FIDSA
1981 Sheldon M. Wolff, MD, FIDSA
1980 Floyd W. Denny, MD, FIDSA
1979 Jay P. Sanford, MD, FIDSA
1978 Harry A. Feldman, MD, FIDSA
1977 Theodore E. Woodward, MD, FIDSA
1976 Edward W. Hook, MD, FIDSA
1975 Dorothy M. Horstmann, MD, FIDSA
1974 George Gee Jackson, MD, FIDSA
1973 Leighton E. Cluff, MD, FIDSA
1972 Gordon Meiklejohn, MD, FIDSA
1971 Robert Austrian, MD, FIDSA
1970 Edward H. Kass, MD, PhD, FIDSA
1969 Albert B. Sabin, MD, FIDSA
1968 Walsh McDermott, MD, FIDSA
1967 Charles H. Rammelkamp, MD, FIDSA
1966 Harry F. Dowling, MD, FIDSA
1965 John F. Enders, PhD, FIDSA
1964 Maxwell Finland, MD, FIDSA

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