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2019 Awards and Recognition
Richard P Shannon Trainee Award
Jessica Meisner, MD, MSHP was selected as the 2019 Richard P Shannon Trainee Award for Outstanding Leadership in Quality & Safety in the Department of Medicine. This annual award recognizes a resident or fellow from the Department of Medicine for outstanding leadership and dedication to continuous quality improvement and patient safety efforts within the residency program and department.
Dr. Meisner completed her undergraduate work at the University of Southern California earning dual Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Biological Sciences (2007). She subsequently completed a Master of Science degree in Biohazardous Threat Agents and Emerging Infectious Diseases from Georgetown University (2008). Additionally, she completed an internship at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency under the Department of Defense in the Biological Threat Reduction Program (2008). In 2009, she was selected to serve as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academies with the Committee for International Security and Arms Control. Dr. Meisner graduated from Drexel University College of Medicine in 2013, receiving The Dr. Elias Abrutyn Award for excellence in Infectious Diseases. She went on to complete an internal medicine training program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she was in the HIV primary care and global health tracks (2016). During her internal medicine residency she also completed a Certificate in Global Health Delivery at the Harvard School of Public Health (2014). In 2016, Dr. Meisner achieved certification in HIV medicine through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. Dr. Meisner completed an Infectious Diseases (ID) fellowship training program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (2016-2018). During fellowship she was selected by the Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety to serve as a Fellow and was also nominated as an Associate Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. In September 2019, Dr. Meisner will be appointed to the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical School as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographical Medicine.
The Outstanding Infectious Diseases Clinical Fellow Award
This award, voted by the faculty, recognizes the most outstanding ID fellow pursuing an academic clinical career.
Peter Liu, MD received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California (2009). As a senior he was the recipient of the Milo Don Appleman Award, a highly competitive honor given to a student each year who is determined to be the most outstanding graduate pursuing a career in health sciences as determined by faculty and lab directors. In 2013, he obtained his Medical Degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. During his time as a medical student, Peter was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honors society (2012) and was nominated into the Gold Humanism Honor Society (2012). After three years of regular volunteer work at Delivering Equal Access to Care Clinic (DEAC) at Wake Forest University, a student-run clinic which focuses on providing primary care to under-served populations, Peter was selected to serve as their Operations Director. Dr. Liu completed his internship in (2014) and residency (2017) in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia (UVA). In 2015, he was nominated into the UVA chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society and selected to be a chief resident (2016-2017). Dr. Liu is completing his Infectious Diseases fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) in June (2017-2019). In August 2019, he will join the faculty of the ID Division as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine.
The Robert Austrian Outstanding Infectious Diseases Research Fellow Award
This award, voted by the faculty, recognizes the most outstanding ID fellow pursuing a career as an independent investigator.
Matthew Ziegler, MD research focuses on the prediction and prevention of healthcare-associated infection in patients with hematologic malignancy. He has been extremely productive during his fellowship in Infectious Diseases, during which time he enrolled in the MSCE program and rapidly completed his thesis project. He has also implemented several quality improvement projects on our hematology-oncology units, presenting his findings at the Richard P. Shannon Lecture in Quality and Safety. He was the recipient of the Jonathan Freeman Scholarship from the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), finalist in the 2018 SHEA Epi-Competition, and recipient of multiple fellow from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (ISDA). Dr. Ziegler will soon be expanding his research program, investigating the role of the patient and environmental microbiome in the transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms.
The Infectious Diseases Faculty Teaching Award
This award, voted on by the ID fellows, recognizes the ID faculty member who most exemplifies commitment to, and excellence in, teaching.
Janet Hines, MD earned her M.D. at the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1990. After she completed her Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in 1993, she was appointed as Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as the Director of the Emergency Fast Track. She completed an Infectious Diseases (ID) fellowship in the Department of Medicine in 1997. She also completed a fellowship in Clinical Microbiology through the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in 1997. Upon completing ID fellowship, Dr. Hines became an Instructor in Medicine in the ID Division. Then in 1998, she was appointed to Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in the Standing Faculty-Clinician-Educator. She quickly established herself as an outstanding clinician and educator and was reappointed in 2001. Then in July of 2004, Dr. Hines changed faculty tracks and was appointed to Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Academic Clinician track assuming an administrative role serving as the Medical Director of the MacGregor Infectious Diseases Clinic at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP). In 2009, Dr. Hines was promoted to Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine.
The Harvey M. Friedman Infectious Diseases Faculty Mentoring Award
This award, named after Dr. Harvey Friedman, former Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 1990-2012, recognizes dedication and excellence in mentoring of Infectious Diseases trainees.
Pablo Tebas, MD is Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Director and PI of the AIDS clinical trial unit (ACTU) of the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the founding members of the HIV Reservoirs and Viral Eradication (Cure) Transformative Science Group (TSG) of the AIDS clinical trial group. His clinical interest focuses on the treatment of HIV infection and associated infections like hepatitis C. He also has a particular interest in the clinical manifestations and treatment of atypical mycobacterial infections. Dr. Tebas attends on the general infectious disease service of the hospital of University of Pennsylvania every year.
2018 Awards and Recognitions
Helen C. Koenig, MD, MPH received the Harvey M. Friedman Infectious Diseases Faculty Mentoring Award. This award named after Dr. Harvey Friedman, former Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 1990-2012, recognizes dedication and excellence in mentoring of Infectious Diseases Trainees.
Brendan J. Kelly, MD, MSCE received the Harvey M. Friedman Infectious Diseases Faculty Mentoring Award. This award named after Dr. Harvey Friedman, former Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 1990-2012, recognizes dedication and excellence in mentoring of Infectious Diseases Trainees.
Kathleen Murphy, MD received the Outstanding Infectious Diseases Clinical Fellow Award. This award, voted on by the ID faculty, recognizes the most outstanding ID fellow pursuing an academic clinical career.
William R. Short, MD, MPH recipient of the Infectious Diseases Faculty Teaching Award. This award, voted on by the ID Fellows, recognizes the ID faculty member who most exemplifies commitment to, and excellence in, teaching.
Leslie Stewart, MD received the Outstanding Infectious Diseases Clinical Fellow Award. This award, voted on by the ID faculty, recognizes the most outstanding ID fellow pursuing an academic clinical career.
Jessie Torgersen MD, MHS received the Robert Austrian Outstanding Infectious Diseases Research Fellow Award. This award, voted by the faculty, recognizes the most outstanding ID fellow pursuing a career as an independent investigator.
Drew Weissman, MD, PhD celebration of Innovation, sponsored by the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI): Deal of the Year Award.
Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE received University of Pennsylvania Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award.
Rahul M. Kohli, MD, PhD elected to The American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).
Vincent Lo Re, MD, MSCE appointed to Scientific Program Chair, International Conference on Pharmacoepidemiology & Therapeutic Risk Management.
Pablo Tebas, MD clinical Research Forum’s Top 10 Clinical Research Achievements Award in recognition of Pablo and his team’s work on the anti-Zika virus vaccine.
Mindy G. Schuster, MD, MSCE elected to Academy of Master Clinicians.
2016 Awards and Recognitions
Division chief, Ebbing Lautenbach, MD, MPH, MSCE, has received the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America's 2016 Senior Scholarship Award, recognizing the work of an investigator/practitioner including breadth and quality of contributions to infection prevention/healthcare epidemiology.
Vincent Lo Re III, MD, MSCE, FIDSA, was honored with the 2016 HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) Research Award for his significant contributions to the field of HIV medicine. The award was presented as part of IDWeek 2016 in New Orleans, and recognizes researchers who have made outstanding contributions to HIV medicine in clinical or basic research early in their careers.