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August 21, 2019


IDWeek 2019 – Sneak Preview of Named Lecturers

Each year at IDWeek, the Society recognizes the exemplary and outstanding legacies left behind by those for whom the memorial lectureships are named. Please join us at IDWeek 2019, Oct. 2-6 in Washington, DC, to hear these outstanding lectures. Register now at


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Herbert L. DuPont, MD, MACP, FIDSA will give the Edward H. Kass Lecture. He is professor of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at the University of Texas School of Public Health, the Mary W. Kelsey Chair of Medical Sciences and professor of Internal Medicine at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School. He is professor of Infectious Diseases at MD Anderson Cancer Center, clinical professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. For IDSA, he served as councilor 1978-1981, secretary 1982-1987, president-elect 1988-1989 and president 1989-1990. The Kass lecture was initially established as a “history of medicine” lecture and has traditionally been given by a recognized educator and thought leader with a broad understanding of societal influences in medicine.


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The Joseph E. Smadel Lecture will be given by Gail A. Bolan, MD of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is director of the Division of STD Prevention. Prior to joining CDC in February 2011, she served as the chief of the STD Control Branch at the California Department of Public Health from 1997 to 2011, and as the director of the San Francisco City and County STD Prevention and Control Program and as medical director of San Francisco City Clinic from 1987 to 1997. She directed the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center for over 20 years. Dr. Bolan is a leader in the field of STD Prevention and is nationally recognized for her contributions in applied research on the epidemiology and prevention of STDs, for implementation of science-based programs and for effective STD program policy development. The Joseph E. Smadel lecture is intended to honor someone who has made a significant impact in global public health. 


Michael Boeckh, MD, PhD, FIDSA.jpgThe John F. Enders Lecture will be given by Michael Boeckh, MD, PhD, FIDSA. Dr. Boeckh is head of the Infectious Disease Sciences Program, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and a professor of medicine, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, at the University of Washington. His cytomegalovirus (CMV) research is focused on immune reconstitution after transplantation, viral kinetics, transmission of CMV, and disease management in the immunocompromised patient population. Recently, he also initiated studies to determine the role of CMV reactivation on the outcome of immunocompetent patients with sepsis and respiratory failure. His respiratory virus research focuses on the association of respiratory viruses and airflow obstruction, the adaptive immune response to respiratory viruses, viral dissemination and gene expression signatures as biomarkers for disease severity, as well as management strategies. The John F. Enders lecture is intended to honor someone who has made significant contributions in the field of medical virology.


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Robin Patel, MD, FIDSA will give the Maxwell Finland Lecture. She is the Elizabeth P. and Robert E. Allen Professor of Individualized Medicine, professor of medicine, professor of microbiology, chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology, and director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory at Mayo Clinic. She is also an associate editor for Clinical Infectious Diseases, and course director for the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine microbiology course. Her research focuses on clinical bacteriology diagnostic testing, antimicrobial resistance, and microbial biofilms. The Finland lecture is given by a leader in the areas of bacterial pathogenesis, antimicrobial resistance, emerging infections and hospital acquired infections.


The Named Lectureships continue to honor the significant contributions these individuals made to the fields of infectious diseases and public health throughout the world. They have set standards that challenge and inspire those involved in the work of infectious diseases. Presenting a Named Lecture is among the very highest of IDSA honors, and we are proud to announce the lecturers for IDWeek 2019.

View past lectureship award recipients.

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