Faculty Honors and Awards

Faculty Honors and Awards

We are rightly proud of our faculty ...

William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD

  • America's Best Doctors (2009)
  • Inventor of the Year, University of Virginia Patents Foundation (2003; shared with Dr. Barbara Mann)
  • NIAID Blue Ribbon Panel on Bioterrorism and its Implications for Biomedical Research (2002)
  • Former Editor, Infection & Immunity (1999-2009)
  • Past President, American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (2003)
  • Board of Directors American Type Culture Collection (1993-2001)
  • Squibb Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America (1999)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholar & New Investigator Awards in Molecular Parasitology (1992-2003)
  • Lucille P. Markey Scholar in Biomedical Research (1985-1993)
  • Member of the Association of American Physicians, American Society for Clinical Investigation, Phi Beta Kappa (Wisconsin), and Alpha Omega Alpha (Virginia).  Appointed Life Member of the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene, and elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American College of Physicians.


Gerald R. Donowitz, MD

  • Award for Excellence in Resident Mentorship 2007
  • Governor's Council, 2000-2001 of the Virginia Chapter, ACP-ACIP
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching 1999
  • Attending of the Year Award 1998-1999;1985-86;1984-85


Richard L. Guerrant, MD

  • Walter Reed Medal of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. This is the highest honor of the Society, and is awarded only once every three years.  Past honorees include Mrs. Walter Reed, Carlos Finlay (discoverer of the role of the mosquito in transmitting yellow fever), Albert Sabin (polio vaccine), Willy Burgdorfer (discoverer of Lyme Disease bacterium) and Thomas Weller (Nobel prize in physiology or medicine and discoverer of varicella and CMV viruses).
  • Member, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • President, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 1996-1997
  • Recipient of the University-wide Henderson Inventor of the Year Award, 1997
  • Recipient of the Abbott Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 1997
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Infectious Diseases, 1992-Present, Biomedical Journal, 1994-present


Frederick G. Hayden, MD

  • Medical Officer, Global Influenza Programme, WHO, Geneva (2006-08)
  • Influenza Research Coordinator, Wellcome Trust, London (2008-)
  • Editorial Boards: Antiviral Research; Antiviral Therapy; International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents; Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  • James H. Nakano Citation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (1996)
  • Clinical Virology Award, Pan American Society for Clinical Virology (2001)
  • Honor Award, National Center for Infectious Diseases (2005 )
  • 6th Richard H. Clemons Memorial Lecture Award, NIAID Collaborative Antiviral Study Group (2006)
  • Harold C. Neu Visiting Professorship, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2006)
  • John F. Enders Lecture , Infectious Disease Society of America (2006)
  • Gertrude Elion Lecture, International Conference on Antiviral Research (2007)


Erik L. Hewlett, MD

  • Division B Lecturer, American Society for Microbiology, Atlanta, Georgia, May 1998
  • Chair, Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Toxins and Pathogenesis, 1998


Paul S. Hoffman, PhD

  • Senior Research Award, Department of Medicine 2002
  • Director, Centre for Functional Microbial Genomics and Host Defense, 2001-present
  • Teaching Excellence Award, Medical Microbiology, University of Tennessee, 1983-84


Eric R. Houpt, MD

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America Wyeth-Lederle Vaccines Young Investigator Award, 2002-2004
  • Editorial Board, Infection and Immunity Basic Science Career Award, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, 2006-2009
  • Junior Faculty Award, American Association of Immunologists, 2006
  • NIH Tuberculosis Diagnostics Special Emphasis Study Section, 2009
  • NIH Viral and Eukaryotic Pathogens Special Emphasis Panel Study Section, 2006-2008
  • NIH Infectious Agent Detection and Diagnostics Study Section, 2006-2008
  • NIH International Research in Infectious Diseases Study Section, 2008
  • NIH Global Infectious Disease Training Program Study Section, 2008
  • Chair, Committee on Education, American Society of Tropical Medicine Hygiene, 2005-present
  • Councilor, American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers' Health


Molly Hughes, MD, PhD

  • ASTMH Young Investigator's Award


Janine Jagger, MPH, PhD

  • MacArthur Fellow, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, 2002
  • Eminent Scholar, Commonwealth of Virginia, University of Virginia; Becton Dickinson
  • Professorship in Health Care Worker Safety, endowed professorship, 1996
  • Henderson Inventor of the Year Award, University of Virginia Patent Foundation, 1996
  • Inventor Award, 1988, Intellectual Property Owners, Inc., Washington, D.C (for retractable needles to reduce the risk of needlestick injuries in health care workers)
  • Editorial Board, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 1991- present
  • Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award


Barbara J. Mann, PhD

  • Department of Medicine's Outstanding Mentor Award, 2008
  • University of Virginia Inventor of the Year 2003
  • Bailey K. Ashford Medal of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene for distinguished work in Tropical Medicine 2001
  • Editorial Board of Infection and Immunity
  • Scientific Program Committee for American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene


Amy J. Mathers, MD

  • National Institute of Health Fellowship Grant and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Grant, Humboldt State University
  • Maine Medical Center Mentored Research Grant, Award, Portland, Maine
  • "Above and Beyond" Resident Award, Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine
  • Special Citation for High Caliber Abstracts by Fellow-in-Training -Infectious Diseases Society of America 45th Annual Meeting
  • Best Poster 2009 Infectious Diseases Research Day - University of Virginia
  • "Outstanding Clinical Fellow Award." - Department of Medicine, University of Virginia


Christopher C. Moore, MD

  • 43rd Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting, Special Citation for Fellows-in-Training (2005): A2A Adenosine Receptor Agonists Modify Inflammatory Responses in an E. coli Peritonitis Murine Septic Shock Model
  • 45th ICCAC Program Committee Award (2005) in the area of Therapy and Prevention of Microbial Diseases.  It recognizes the outstanding presentation of the abstract, "Treatment with Eukaryotic Translation Initiation Factor 5A (eIF5A1) Small Interfering RNA (siRNA) in an Experimental Murine Septic Shock Model Increases Survival
  • 44th Infectious Diseases Society of America Annual Meeting, Special Citation for Fellows-in-Training (2006): Treatment of Mice with Eukaryotic Translation Initiation Factor 5A (eIF5A1) Small Interfering RNA (siRNA) During Endotoxemia Increases Survival and Reduces Pro-Inflammatory Cytokine Expression


Richard D. Pearson, MD

  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • University of Virginia Alumni Association Distinguished Professor Award, 1993
  • School of Medicine, Dean's Teaching Award, 1994
  • Raven Society, University of Virginia, 1995
  • University of Virginia Henderson Co-Inventor of the Year Award, 1996
  • Academy of Distinguished Educators, University of Virginia School of Medicine, 2003
  • President of American Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2002-2004
  • Humanism in Medicine Award, 2004 (AAMC-OSR, UVA School of Medicine)
  • Harrison Distinguished Teaching Professorship, 2008
  • Co-Director, Intensive Update Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 2003-2005,2007-2008


W. Michael Scheld, MD

  • Paul Beeson Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, 2010
  • Associate Editor, Infectious Diseases, Cecil Medicine, 24th edition  2009-2011
  • Robert S. Fass Award from the Ohio State University School of Medicine, 2008
  • Department of Internal Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2000
  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Virginia, 2000
  • Chair, American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board in Infectious Diseases (2000- 2004)
  • Council, Infectious Diseases Society of America (1997-2000 )
  • Vice president (1999-2000), President-elect (2001-2002), President (2003-2004); National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
  • Vice-president (2000-2001); President-elect (2001-2002); President (2002-2003); Past-president (2003-2004); Infectious Diseases Society of America


Costi D. Sifri, MD

  • Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education, Department of Medicine, 2009
  • Department of Medicine Clinical Excellence Award, 2008
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician-Scientist Early Career Award, 2007-2012
  • Editorial Board: Virulence
  • Maxwell Finland Award for Excellence in Infectious Disease Research, The Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society and Massachusetts General Hospital, 2003
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Physician Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, 1999-2002


Gregory Clarke Townsend, MD

  • Clinical Excellence Award, University of Virginia Internal Medicine 2000
  • School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003


Brian Wispelwey, MD

  • School of Medicine Excellence in Teaching Award, 2004
  • Basic Sciences Teaching Award, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004
  • James L. Tullis Outstanding Alumnus Award, New  England Deaconess/Harvard Medical School
  • University of Virginia Dean's Award for Clinical Excellence
  • Harrison Award for Overall Teaching Excellence in the Health System
  • AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award
  • Best Doctors in America, 1998-present
  • Attending of the Year, UVA, 1989, 1991, 1992, 2002
  • David C. Harrison Distinguished Educator, 2005
  • All University Teaching Award, 2008