Alumni Spotlight

Read about our alumni accomplishments.

ID fellow alumnae, Judith A. Aberg, MD, appointed Dean of System Operations for Clinical Sciences at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Judith Aberg, MD, the Dr. George Baehr Professor of Clinical Medicine, has been appointed Dean of System Operations for Clinical Sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. An internationally renowned infectious disease and clinical trials expert and thought leader, Dr. Aberg will continue to serve as Chief of Mount Sinai’s Division of Infectious Diseases upon assuming the deanship.

Judith Aberg, MD

Dr. Aberg, is an infectious diseases alumnae (1994-1996) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Prior to joining Mount Sinai, Dr. Aberg was Director of Infectious Diseases and Immunology and the Jeffrey Bergstein Professor of Medicine at New York University School of Medicine and the Director of Virology at Bellevue Hospital Center, positions she had held since joining the NYU faculty in 2004.  Previously, she served as Assistant Professor and Co-Director of the AIDS Clinical Trial Unit at the University of California, San Francisco and later as Associate Professor and Director of HIV Services at Washington University.

As Dean of System Operations for Clinical Sciences, Dr. Aberg will collaborate with other deans, chairs, and directors to introduce and integrate clinical and translational research across the Mount Sinai Health System. This will include undertaking strategic decision-making for research; pursuing infrastructure enhancements for the conduct of clinical research; collaborating on health disparities research; seeking extramural grant funding to facilitate ongoing translational and population health research; and growing novel programs in areas previously untapped for research participation. Read more…

Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., MD, becomes 21st president of Michigan State University

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. President of Michigan State University

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., ID fellow ‘84, recently stepped down as the 5th president of Stony Brook University on July 31, 2019, to officially begin his presidency at Michigan State University, one of the largest universities in the U. S. Under his direction, Stony Brook became one of the nation’s top universities for social mobility and led the university’s expansion into the growing field of artificial intelligence. During his 10 year tenure, Stony Brook received the sixth-largest donation to a public university ever recorded.

A Harvard-educated physician and native of Seattle, Dr. Stanley received his medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital. He completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis, where he later became a professor in the Departments of Medicine and Molecular Microbiology. Before going to Stony Brook, he was the vice chancellor for research at Washington University.

In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Stanley is a renowned medical researcher and was one of the nation’s highest recipients of support from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research focusing on enhanced defense against emerging infectious diseases. He is an expert in the biological mechanisms that cells employ when responding to infectious agents such as parasites, bacteria and viruses — a process commonly called the inflammatory response. He served as Director of the NIH -funded Midwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research.

Powderly honored with Distinguished Graduate Award by University College Dublin (UCD) Medical Graduates Association

William G. Powderly, MD, ID fellow ’87, the J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine & Co-director, Infectious Diseases Division, received the UCD Medical Graduates Association (MGA) Distinguished Graduate Award at their MGA Reunion 2019.

The UCD MGA Distinguished Graduate Awards are awarded to outstanding graduates of the UCD School of Medicine, who are nominated by their alumni in recognition of their lifelong achievements to medical education, research and/or clinical practice.

The citation for Dr. Powderly was shared by his classmate, Professor Tim McDonnell, consultant in respiratory medicine, St. Vincent’s Private Hospital. Professor McDonnell reflected on Dr. Powderly’s commitment to research, particularly HIV related clinical research, his tenure as Dean of Medicine of UCD and his friendship with his classmates since medical school. The award was presented by Professor Fionnuala McAuliffe, President of UCD Medical Graduates Association. Dr. Powderly graduated with the Class of 1979.

Kavita Bhavan receives Clinical Excellence Award for S-OPAT Program


Dr. Kavita Bhavan receives the Clinical Excellence Program Development Award.  Led by Dr. Bhavan, the Parkland Memorial Hospital Self-Administered Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (S-OPAT) Program was designed to allow uninsured patients who cannot access traditional outpatient intravenous antibiotic delivery services the ability to complete treatment for complex infections in the comfort of their own homes. (December 19, 2018.



Corrado A. Cancedda, MD, PhD, WUSM ID Fellow 2004-2007, will guide Botswana-UPENN’s strategy in sub-Saharan Africa

Corrado Cancedda, MD, PhD, assoicate professor of infectious diseases at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, recently assumed the role of Director and Strategic Adviser for Academic Partnerships in Global Health at the Botswana-University of Pennsylvania Partnership (BUP). Dr. Cancedda is a seasoned global health professional and was chosen following an extensive international search. Based in Gaborone, Dr. Cancedda will spearhead an exciting new phase of BUP’s development representing BUP and Penn in concert with their partners in Botswana.

Dr. Cancedda has an extensive background in global health leading teams throughout sub-Saharan Africa. He served for four years as Partners In Health’s (PIH) Director of Training and Medical Education in Rwanda. In this role, he was one of the chief architects of the Human Resources for Health Program (HRH), an innovative health professional training initiative that successfully built the health workforce in Rwanda through coordination among 22 participating US academic institutions. Dr. Cancedda has also served as Executive Director of the PIH Ebola Response in Sierra Leone, and most recently as the principle investigator of the Resilient and Responsive Health System Initiative (RRHS) in Liberia. The RRHS seeks to support Liberian and US academic institutions during the implementation of the Health Workforce Program; a health professional training initiative inspired by the HRH Program in Rwanda. In support of these many activities, Dr. Cancedda has built an impressive record of securing grant funds as well as philanthropic contributions.

Prior ID Fellow, Dr. Judy Aberg, Honored by the IDSA Foundation, Women in ID

You may have heard her name, but now you’ll know her story

Jeff Henderson, MD, PhD, ID fellow ’05, named co-director of new graduate program in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences

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Jeffrey Henderson, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and molecular microbiology was recently named co-director of the the new Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology (BBSB) Graduate Program in the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Henderson did his infectious diseases fellowship here, at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Henderson will co-direct with Daved H. Fremont, PhD., professor of pathology and immunology, biochemistry and molecular biophysics
and molecular microbiology.

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Gerome Escota, MD, ID fellow ’13 selected Clerkship Director in Medicine

Gerome V. Escota, M.D. has been selected as the next Clerkship Director in Medicine. He will provide the professional, administrative and educational leadership for the third-year clerkship and sub-internship. See full story.

Jennie H. Kwon, ID fellow ’16 elected Board of Trustees Member American Ostoepathic Association

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Jennie Kwon named National Academy of Medicine fellow. HORIZONTAL environmental portrait. IF IN LAB, with PPE. BUT WE DEFINITELY ALSO NEED PHOTOS OF HER WITHOUT GOGGLES (so you will need to take some photos out of lab). We will need headshots of her to announce the honor — but we also would like other options as well.

Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI, assistant professor, ID fellow ’16, has been elected to serve as the chair of the Bureau of Emerging Leaders and the New Physician in Practice member of the AOA Board of Trustees. Dr. Kwon is an assistant professor of medicine and a board certified internist and infectious diseases specialist at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She is also an associate hospital epidemiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. Dr. Kwon is the 2016-2018 National Academy of Medicine (formally the Institute of Medicine) Anniversary Fellow in Osteopathic Medicine and is actively working with the academy’s expert committees to research important questions relevant to public health and health policy.

In the clinical setting, Dr. Kwon provides in-and out-patient care to patients with solid organ and bone marrow transplant related infections. Dr. Kwon performs clinical and translational research in multidrug-resistant organisms and the impact of antimicrobials on the fecal microbiome. Her research has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Kwon has been an active member of the American Osteopathic Association since starting medical school, and is committed to advancing public health and the osteopathic profession. Her experiences as a clinician, scientist, and leader have prepared her to advance the philosophy, science, and practice of osteopathic medicine.

Recently, Jennie also received other national positions. She was selected member of the SHEA Research Network Review Committee for a three year term. SHEA fosters opportunities to conduct, sponsor, and promote high-quality research through the leadership of the SHEA Research Committee and the collaborative infrastructure provided by the SHEA Research Network (SRN). As a community of researchers, the committee and SRN work to highlight priority topics and address challenges in the elimination of HAIs.

Jennie was also appointed to a 1 year term on the IDSA’s Research Committee Advisory Group. This committee serves to make recommendations to promote research and new advancements in infectious diseases. Members also monitor developments and make recommendations related to federal support for biomedical research and make recommendations on activities/issues under its purview that involve federal legislation and regulation.

Steven J. Lawrence, MD, associate professor and former fellow 2004, receives Infectious Diseases Teacher of the Year Award

Steven J. Lawrence, associate professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, was honored at the annual senior lunch celebrating the graduating Internal Medicine residents on May 23, 2017. The residents and chiefs selected Dr. Lawrence as the Infectious Diseases Teacher of the Year Award in the category of infectious diseases consults and infectious diseases subspecialty clinics.

Anucha Apisarnthanarak, MD, ID fellow ’03, is inducted in Hall of Fame, Royal College of Physicians in Thailand

Former fellow, Anucha Apisarnthanarak, MD, was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Royal College of Physicians of Thailand (RCPT) at their 2017 annual conference hosted April 30 – May in Bangkok,Thailand. The Royal College of Physicians of Thailand (RCPT)” is a national organization of internal medicine physicians endorsed by the Medical Council of Thailand. RCPT is an international society that includes physicians from all specialties such as neurology, cardiology, hematology, nephrology, etc and it the largest medical-specialty organization in Thailand. The award is based on three tracts, academic, teaching and service and is a career achievement award that recognizes the outstanding achievements of its members. Dr. Apisarnthanarak ‘s award is on the academic track and based on life time academic contributions as well as global recognition.

Somnuek Sungkanuparph, M.D., former ID fellow ’05, receives Reseach Award of the Royal College of Physicians in Thailand

The Royal College of Physicians of Thailand (RCPT)” is a national organization of internal medicine physicians endorsed by the Medical Council of Thailand. RCPT is the largest medical-specialty organization in Thailand. Each year RCPT has selected four internists in Thailand who have most distinguished publication of research and honored with the Research Award. Professor Somnuek Sungkanuparph has received the “Research Award 2017 of the Royal College of Physicians of Thailand” for his research in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Dr. Somuek completed a three year infectious diseases fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine 2002 – 2005. He is now Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. We congratulate Ken!

Jeffrey Henderson, MD, PhD, ID fellow ’05, receives Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Jeffrey Henderson with student nominator, Anne Robinson, who presented the award.
Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr./WUSTL Photos

Jeff Henderson, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, ID fellow 2002,  was among the faculty who received an Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award.  This prestigious award is offered to only seven faculty mentors, with nominations received from departments across both campuses at Washington University.

Mary Horgan, MD, ID fellow 1994, elected 142nd President of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

Mary Horgan, M.D, has recently been elected as President Designate of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.  Dr. Horgan will become the 142nd President of RCPI at their Annual Stated Meeting in October 2017 and will serve a three-year term.

horgan_mary“Mary has made an enormous contribution to the College since she first became involved in 1999,” according to Dr Diarmuid O’Shea, Registrar, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. “Within the College, Mary has a strong track record in supporting medical training initiatives, and while serving as Associate Dean of Basic Specialist Training, took a lead role in the development and training of postgraduate doctors. She is a member of our Council and is currently Director of Development and Planning”.

Originally from Kerry, Professor Horgan graduated from UCD in 1986 (MD), MRCPI in 1988 and FRCPI in 1997. Dr. Horgan trained in the infectious diseases fellowship program in St. Louis, MO at Washington University School of Medicine 1990 – 1994. After completing her ID fellowship, she became faculty of the ID division through 1997, when she returned to Ireland.She currently serves on the Board of the Health Products Regulatory Authority and the Mercy University Hospital and on the Governing Body of UCC. She is formerly a Board Member of the Irish Blood Transfusion Service and was previous Chair of the Council of Deans of Medical Schools. She is a Consultant Physician in Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine at Cork University Hospital and Dean of the University College Cork School of Medicine.

Dr. O’Shea believes that in her new role as President Designate, Mary will bring great energy and passion to the role of President when she takes up the post in October 2017.

It is also a new era for RCPI with the election of the first female President Designate in their 360 year history.

William G. Powderly, ID fellow alumnus 1993, is Named IDSA President

Pledging to continue the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)’s commitment to improving the health of all people, communities and society, William G. Powderly, MD, FIDSA, assumes the reins as the new president of IDSA. He will be joined by dedicated, experienced board members as well as new additions who bring expertise in areas ranging from diagnostics and HIV to compensation, pediatrics and guidelines development.

Currently co-director of the Washington University School of Medicine’s Division of Infectious Diseases, St. Louis, Dr. Powderly has a special interest in HIV care and brings a global perspective to IDSA, having attended medical school and residency training in Dublin and having spent 8 years as Dean of the Medical School at University College Dublin in Ireland. He also is director of the Institute for Public Health at Washington University and is an attending physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

Dr. Powderly was the inaugural chair of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and was a founding member of the St. Louis Infectious Diseases Society. He is interested in: advancing care in HIV, focusing on long-term complications and antiretroviral therapy; fungal infections, especially cryptococcosis; and the translation of clinical advances to public health and public policy.

Kavita Bhavan, MD, Fellow 2009 is honored with the 2016 Gage Award

June 30, 2016
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America’s Essential Hospitals has selected Dr. Kavita Bhavan’s submission, “Patient Engagement in Self-Care: OPAT at Parkland Hospital”, the winning recipient of the 2016 Gage Award in the category innovation and excellence.  The strategic priorities of America’s Essential Hospitals include identifying and disseminating evidence-based best practices that raise care quality for all, especially vulnerable people, and communicating members’ quality leadership. The 2016 Gage Awards program honors the outstanding work of members of America’s Essential Hospitals.

Through the Gage Awards, America’s Essential Hospitals recognizes the learning necessary for members to successfully carry out improvement projects, spreads best practices and innovative programs to other organizations, and supports research, policy, and advocacy work by sharing stories of member success with a broad audience.

The 2016 Gage Awards were presented at a luncheon June 16, 2016, during VITAL2016, the association’s annual conference. San Francisco General Hospital and Boston Medical Center received honorable mentions.

Hitoshi Honda MD, PhD, ID fellow ’10, member spotlight for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)

June 1, 2016

Hitoshi Honda MD, PhD is an infectious diseases consultant and a hospital epidemiologist at the Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center, Tokyo, Japan.

He received his MD and PhD from the Kitasato University School of Medicine, Japan in 2000. He completed the internal medicine residency at University of Hawaii in 2007 and then completed an infectious diseases fellowship and healthcare epidemiology fellowship under the tutelage of Drs. David Warren and Victoria Fraser at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

After completing his fellowship in 2010, Dr. Honda moved back to his native country of Japan to help initiate an infectious disease consultation service while also working to advance infection control and hospital epidemiology. His clinical research has focused on the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections. He is also interested in antimicrobial stewardship and behavioral modification among healthcare workers, as exemplified in influenza vaccination protocol and hand hygiene practice.

One of Dr. Honda’s goals is to develop collaborative relationships in the area of healthcare epidemiology between Japan, the United States, and other Asian countries. He helped organize a joint workshop for antimicrobial stewardship in Japan, endorsed by both SHEA and the Japanese Society for Infection Prevention and Control (JSIPC) in February 2016.

He received the SHEA Jonathan Freeman Scholarship in 2010, and was selected to be the SHEA International Ambassador in 2012. He also received the SHEA International Award at IDWeek 2013. He currently serves as a member of the SHEA External Affairs Committee.