W. Michael Scheld, MD

W. Michael Scheld, MD

W. Michael Scheld, MD is currently the Bayer-Gerald L. Mandell Professor of Infectious Diseases, Professor of Internal Medicine, Clinical Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Pfizer Initiative in International Health at the University of Virginia (UV) School of Medicine.

Dr. Scheld received his BS with honors and distinction from Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, and his MD (with election to Alpha Omega Alpha) from Cornell University Medical College.  He completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the UV Health System, Charlottesville. 

Dr. Scheld's research interests include the molecular pathogenesis and pathophysiology of bacterial infections, particularly of the central nervous system; anti-inflammatory mechanisms of adenosine receptor subtype agonists and antagonists; antimicrobial resistance; sepsis and septic shock; anthrax; and international health including HIV/AIDS in Africa.  Among his many honors and awards are election to Phi Eta Simga, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Ho-nun-de-kah Honorary Society, all at Cornell University.  He received the Connie Guion Honorary Scholarship at Cornell University Medical College as well as their "Good Physician Award".  The medical housestaff of UV selected Dr. Scheld as the "Attending of the Year Award" on three occasions, and he received a Clinical Investigator Award from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  Dr. Scheld was awarded the Young Clinical Investigator Award from the Southern Section American Federation for Clinical Research and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.  He was the recipient of the Virginia State Council for Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award in 1989 and was an Invited Lecturer at the Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).  He was the winner of the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching at UV as well as a recipient of the Department of Internal Medicine Award for Excellence in Teaching on two occasions; he was Co-Chair of the Harold C. Neu Infectious Diseases Conference in 2003 and 2004.  Dr. Scheld is a Founding Member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators at the UV School of Medicine as well as a Founding Member of the Academic Alliance for AIDS and Care and Prevention in Africa.  He is the Founder of the Virginia Infectious Diseases Society. 

Throughout his career, Dr. Scheld has chaired numerous committees, study groups, and teams in professional societies and organizations.  He has held executive positions at the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and is past president of IDSA, he was a member since 1997 of the American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty Board on Infectious Diseases as well as Chair from 2000-2004.  He was a member of the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy Program Committee for twelve years (including service as Vice-Chair and Chair), and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.  He is listed in all editions of the "Best Doctors in America" from 1992-2005, all editions of "America's Top Physicians" since 2003, and in all editions of "America's Top Doctors".

Dr. Scheld has been on the editorial boards of a number of scholarly journals, and is currently an editorial board member of Infection, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, and Medscape Infectious Disease.  He has published over 200 original articles and has contributed to over 200 review articles, book chapters, and books.  He is a frequent presenter at international conferences, meetings, symposia, and seminars.