CCID Spectrum
Volume 1, Number 3 July 2006

Awards/Honors



Photo: Richard Carmona, Pamela Ching, Helena Mishoe
U.S. Surgeon General Vice Admiral (VADM) Richard Carmona and CAPT Helena O. Mishoe, chief professional officer for the scientist category of Commissioned Officers in the USPHS, present the Derek Dunn Award to CAPT Pamela Ching, senior research epidemiologist in the Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD, proposed).
Ching receives Scientist Officer of the Year Award

Pamela Ching, RD/LD, MS, SD, was awarded the Derek Dunn Memorial Scientist Officer of the Year Award by the Scientist Professional Advisory Committee (SciPAC) for the Commissioned Corps. Ching, a Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), is a senior research epidemiologist in the Health Services Research and Evaluation Branch, Immunization Services Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD, proposed).

The award recognizes the career achievement of a senior-level Commissioned Officer in the scientist category for the USPHS. Ching received a plaque from Surgeon General Richard Carmona at the U.S. Public Health Service Professional Conference sponsored by the Commissioned Officers Association of the USPHS, Inc., May 1–4 in Denver, Colorado.

The award was named to honor the memory of CAPT Derek Dunn, who was the chief professional officer (CPO) for the scientist category of Commissioned Corps Officers in the USPHS during the 1990s. For more information about the Derek Dunn Award, go to http://usphs-scientist.org/activities.htm, and to read about CAPT Ching's career achievements and volunteer activities to benefit her community, go to http://usphs-scientist.org/awards/2006.htm.



Photo: Ron Valdiserri and Julie Scofield
Ron Valdiserri is congratulated by NASTAD Executive Director Julie Scofield.
NASTAD honors Ron Valdiserri

Ronald O. Valdiserri, MD, MPH, was recently honored for his service, dedication, and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS by the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD). The nonprofit organization presented the award to Dr. Valdiserri at its 15th annual meeting. NASTAD represents the nation's chief state health agency staff who have programmatic responsibility for administering HIV/AIDS health care, prevention, education, and supportive service programs funded by state and federal governments. Valdiserri has been deputy director of the National Center for HIV, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHSTP) since 1996 and stepped up to serve as the center's acting director from August 2005 through January 2006. The center is now known as the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP, proposed).



Wenger and Burkholder honored by Rotary in India

Congratulations to Epidemiologist Jay Wenger and Medical Officer Brent Burkholder, MD, in the Global Immunization Division, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (proposed), for being named Paul Harris Fellows. In a ceremony on May 26 at the National Polio Surveillance Project, New Delhi, India, senior Rotarians from India honored the services and leadership of Wenger and Burkholder in polio eradication by awarding them the prestigious Rotary recognition. The award was announced by Wenger's supervisor, Hamid S. Jafari, MD, GID/NCIRD (proposed).



Ultrafiltration technique wins Shepard award

A method of sampling large volumes of drinking water for the presence of waterborne pathogens has won the 2006 Charles C. Shepard Science Award for Laboratory and Methods. This "ultrafiltration" technique was found to be capable of simultaneously recovering viral, bacterial, and parasitic microbes with average recovery efficiencies of 49%–93%, thereby enabling investigators to perform sensitive detection of these microbes using culture, molecular, and microscopic assays. The technique was described in the November 2005 edition of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology in an article entitled "Development of a rapid method for simultaneously recovering microbes in drinking water using ultrafiltration with sodium polyphosphate and surfactants." The authors are V.R. Hill, A.L. Polaczyk, D. Hahn, N. Jothikumar, T.L. Cromeans, J.M. Roberts, and J.E. Amburgey, in the Division of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (proposed).

The Charles C. Shepard Science Award ceremony was held June 14, 2006, in the Tom Harkin Global Communications Center (Building 19), Roybal Campus. The annual ceremony honors scientists at CDC/ATSDR who have made important research contributions to public health.

The keynote speaker was Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, who spoke on "The 100,000 Lives Campaign: Lessons from a National Mobilization." The 100,000 Lives Campaign aims to improve patient care and prevent avoidable deaths in hospitals around the country. The campaign says that about 2 million patients suffer hospital-acquired infections each year and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that as many as 98,000 people die each year in U.S. hospitals due to medical injuries.

Dr. Berwick is president and chief executive officer of the not-for-profit Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Boston. Founded in 1991, IHI is a catalyst for change, cultivating innovative concepts for improving patient care and implementing programs for putting those ideas into action.

Berwick is clinical professor of pediatrics and health care policy at the Harvard Medical School and professor of health policy and management at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is also an associate in pediatrics at Boston's Children's Hospital and a consultant in pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital.



Feldman and Kile win 2006 James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award

The James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award was presented this year to two former EIS Officers—Katherine Feldman and James Kile—who made significant contributions to veterinary public health through their investigations of outbreaks of pneumonic tularemia, tickborne relapsing fever, West Nile virus, monkeypox, and avian influenza. The award was announced during the 55th Annual EIS Conference, April 24–28, 2006.

The Steele Award is given to a current or former EIS Officer who has made outstanding contributions to the field of veterinary public health (VPH). The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the investigation, control, or prevention of zoonotic diseases or other animal-related human health problems. Nominees need not be veterinarians.

Dr. Peter Schantz, who chaired the James H. Steele award committee, described the awards in the following remarks delivered at the presentation April 28 during the 2006 EIS Conference:

"The James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award was created 8 years ago to honor a man who has had an important impact on the history of CDC, the EIS, and public health. Working with Alex Langmuir, Jim Steele recruited veterinarians into the EIS and helped establish a nationwide network of state public health veterinarians. Through Jim's leadership, veterinarians were integrated into the nation's public health and prevention services in a way that continues to serve the system well. Jim celebrated his 93rd birthday earlier this month and attended this conference on Monday but was unable to remain throughout the week.

"The Steele award recognizes outstanding contributions of current or recent former EIS Officers in the investigation, control, or prevention of zoonotic diseases or other animal-related human health problems. The award consists of a permanent plaque to be displayed at CDC on which the names of successive winners are engraved and an individual plaque for each recipient. The award committee members—Nina Marano, Jennifer McQuiston, Stephanie Ostrowski, Hugh Mainzer, and Peter Schantz—based their judgments on the following criteria:

  • quality of the scientific or programmatic activities described,
  • magnitude of contribution of the individual nominee,
  • impact on public health,
  • originality and creativity.

"There were seven nominees for the award: Alicia Anderson, John Dunn, Zandra Duprey, Katherine Feldman, James Kile, John Painter, and Sally Slavinski. Because of the extraordinary accomplishments of the nominees this year the committee chose to recognize two winners this year: Katherine Feldman and James Kile.

"Dr. Katherine A. Feldman served as an EIS Officer from July 2000 through June 2002 with the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases in Fort Collins, Colorado. During this period and subsequently she carried out numerous epidemiologic investigations and other accomplishments of significant public health importance:

"She served as principal investigator in a landmark epidemiological study of primary pneumonic tularemia, in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts. This outbreak was only the second pneumonic tularemia outbreak in the United States, and came at a time of heightened concern about the possible use of tularemia as a bioweapon. Through a rapid implementation of surveillance and active case detection, case enrollment, and control selection, she completed a case-control study that showed that mowing lawn or cutting brush was associated with illness. This was the first time such an association had been described and provided for implementation of public health recommendations issued by the state health department to prevent further cases of this severe illness with a high untreated case-fatality rate.

"Other outstanding achievements of Dr. Feldman during her tenure as an EIS Officer included epidemiologic investigation of West Nile virus infection in New York City and Tickborne Relapsing Fever in Nevada. In the fall of 2000, Feldman responded to an Epi-Aid to assist in the sero-epidemiological investigation of an outbreak of West Nile Virus infection in New York City. She also assisted the United Kingdom Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Food in the investigation and control of a national epidemic of foot and mouth disease and investigated an outbreak of plague in Mongolia. In October 2001, Feldman responded to an Epi-Aid to conduct emergency room surveillance in New York City for possible bioterrorism events as part of the emergency response to the World Trade Center attacks of September 11. This investigation required work under adverse circumstances and was important to national security in demonstrating that bioterrorism was not directly linked with the September 11 attack.

"The other recipient of the 2006 Steele Award is Dr. James C. Kile, who is the first veterinarian of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to be selected as an EIS Officer at CDC.

"During his tenure as an EIS Officer, Dr. Kile assisted in West Nile virus (WNV) investigations in Louisiana and was the lead for studies of the seroprevalence of WNV in dogs and cats, and in farm animals. Kile's investigations helped to clarify the public health significance of WNV in dogs, cats, and other animals including whether humans could get the disease from infected pets. They don't and the study helped to calm concerns regarding the potential for humans to contract WNV directly from their pets.

"In May 2003, when monkeypox virus was identified in the United States for the first time, arriving in a shipment of exotic mammals from Africa for the pet trade, Kile served as the lead EIS officer for epidemiologic investigations in one of the affected states. Results from Dr. Kile's study suggested that direct contact with the animal may not be required for human infection, that not all infected people present with a rash, and that a novel test (serologic IgM capture ELISA) may be used to identify positive cases. Information from these studies was used to effect policy change regarding importation of certain species of exotic mammals into the United States.

"In August 2003, when the worst power outage in United States history occurred in the Midwest and Northeast, affecting some 50 million people, Kile lead a CDC team sent to three states to assess the public health and emergency response efforts and to coordinate surveillance and epidemiologic investigations.

"In February 2004, the Department of Veterinary Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Malaysia and the United States Embassy Malaysia & Singapore requested from CDC a review of their surveillance systems for the detection of, and response readiness to, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). At the time, Malaysia was surrounded by countries with Influenza A strain H5N1, which had killed millions of poultry in Asian countries and infected and killed humans. While the HPAI outbreak in poultry continues to expand to other countries, and while these countries continue to struggle with eradication and control efforts, as of this writing Malaysia has contained its HPAI outbreak and is reported free of the disease."



Gustavo Dayan wins Iain Hardy Memorial Award

The Iain Hardy Memorial Award for 2006 was presented to Gustavo Dayan, MD, National Immunization Program, now known as the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (proposed). The award, which was announced during the 55th Annual EIS Conference, April 24–28, 2006, recognizes a current EIS officer or alumnus/a within 5 years of having completed Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) training who has made an outstanding contribution to the control of vaccine-preventable diseases. Current EIS officers and EIS alumni/ae within 5 years of graduating from the EIS program are eligible.

Dr. Dayan was cited for the following activities:

  • Investigated a large measles outbreak in Zambia in August–September 2000 and highlighted deficiencies in the vaccination program and supplemental immunization activities (SIAs). Designed a cost-effectiveness analysis to assess different measles vaccination strategies in Zambia including SIAs.
  • Assessed vaccination coverage levels among children living close to the border with Venezuela where a measles outbreak had been detected. Organized vaccination activities.
  • Created a methodology to evaluate poliovirus circulation in the Americas as a Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) consultant, February–March 2001. Field tested the new methodology in Ecuador in April 2001. Study included environmental sampling to detect circulation of genetically drifted vaccine poliovirus.
  • Assisted the Kyrgyz Republic government to control a rubella outbreak in May 2001, implemented a rubella and congenital rubella surveillance system, and designed a rubella seroprevalence study.
  • Assessed burden of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis, Argentina, August 2001, and collaborated to document the decrease of meningitis after the introduction of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine in Argentina.
  • Conducted the first vaccination coverage survey in Buenos Aires in March 2002—a challenge because conducted during an economic crisis. Assessed delay in age-appropriate vaccination using survival analysis—a technique rarely applied to vaccination coverage surveys.
  • Conducted a rubella, measles, and varicella seroprevalence study in Argentina, June–July 2002.
  • Investigated a measles outbreak, Pennsylvania, April 2003. Coordinated an EpiAid guiding an EIS officer to investigate the outbreak and conduct a vaccine effectiveness study.
  • Investigated a measles outbreak of about 800 cases in the Marshall Islands, August 2003.
  • Assessed the economic impact on the public health structure of containing a measles case in Iowa, February 2004.
  • Assessed missed opportunities for rubella, hepatitis B, syphilis, and HIV prenatal/perinatal disease prevention in Puerto Rico, April 2003–January 2004.
  • Was lead investigator of a clinical trial to study immunogenicity of the WHO inactivated polio vaccine, Puerto Rico, June 2003–September 2004.
  • Measles surveillance reviews, Mexico, June 2004.
  • Designed, developed, and implemented a congenital rubella surveillance system (CRS), Tunisia, August–September 2004.
  • Evaluated the Reach Every District (RED) strategy, Madagascar, August 2005, in conjunction with WHO officers.

In other EIS awards, Andrea Sharma won the J. Virgil Peavy Memorial Award for her research and paper "Positive association between pregnancy weight gain and childhood overweight is strongest among underweight mothers—United States, 19962003."

Mark Gershman won the Donald C. Mackel Memorial Award for his research and paper "Delayed onset Pseudomonas fluorescens group bloodstream infections after exposure to contaminated heparin flush—Michigan and South Dakota, 2005."

Kevin Cain won the Paul C. Shnitker award.



Photo: Rima Khabbaz and Dennis Juranek
Dr. Rima Khabbaz presents the DHHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service to Dennis Juranek, Division of Parasitic Diseases, "for extraordinary and sustained leadership and vision in formulating critical public health policy and bioterrorism preparedness to prevent waterborne diseases in the United States."
2006 NCID Awards

The 2006 NCID Awards Ceremony was held May 1 in Building 19 on the Roybal Campus. After Rima Khabbaz, MD, director of NCID and now director of the National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (NCPDCID, proposed), welcomed the attendees she presented the DHHS Secretary's Award for Distinguished Service to Dennis Juranek, DPD, for his leadership in the prevention of waterborne diseases in the United States and the formulation of public health policy and bioterrorism preparedness. Also receiving the award was the Anthrax Vaccine Research Program Interim Analysis Team from the Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases, now the Division of Foodborne, Bacterial, and Mycotic Diseases in the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED, proposed).

Peter Drotman, MD, MPH, and Debbie Deppe, MPA, presented the NCID Honor Awards.

  • Public Health Administrative Support: Vivica White, OD (managing the NCID ORISE Program); Joseph Foster, OGC (negotiating a cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security); Public Health Administrative Team, DPD (commitment above and beyond assigned duties)
  • Photo: Rima Khabbaz and Jennifer Morcone
    Dr. Khabbaz and Jennifer Morcone
    Communication Services: Jennifer Morcone, OD (raising media interest in and public awareness of the mission of the CDC Quarantine Stations); Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal Office, OD (substantial contributions to global biomedical literature)
  • Contributions to Health, Safety, and Worksite Wellness: Anne Whitney, DBMD; GeoSentinel Network, DGMQ (detecting and characterizing illnesses in travelers and defining health risks) Facilities Planning and Management Services: Donald Powell, DVRD; Anti-Infectives Building 17 Move Team, DHQP
  • Global Health Achievement: Jona Consentino, DPD (managing domestic and international travel for the division); Daniele Lantagne, DBMD (evaluating and improving the CDC Safe Water System); President's Malaria Initiative Group, DPD (rapid scale-up of the President's Malaria Initiative)
  • Information Services: Anatoly Frolov, DPD (software allowing sample surveys in difficult environments using only handheld PDAs); QARS/MOATS Development and Implementation Team, DGMQ (development of systems to track infectious diseases recorded by Quarantine Stations [QARS] and agreements with hospitals to provide care for ill travelers [MOATS])
  • Photo: Rima Khabbaz and Col. Timothy Thomson
    Col. Timothy Thomson, 910 Airlift Wing Commander, Youngstown Air Reserve Base, Youngstown, Ohio, accepted from Dr. Khabbaz the Partners in Public Health Group Award on behalf of the U.S. Air Force Aerial Spray Flight Team.
    Partners in Public Health: Sharon Rolando, Association of Public Health Laboratories (collaboration and partnership with CDC in working to reduce the foodborne and diarrheal disease burden in the United States and globally); U.S. Air Force Aerial Spray Flight Team (containing the threat of mosquitoes and minimizing their impact on those working and living without electrical power following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita)
  • Excellence in Innovation Award: Yellow Book Publication Group, DGMQ (for the new public-private partnership among CDC, the CDC Foundation, and Elsevier Inc., to improve the quality and increase the distribution of CDC's Yellow Book)
  • Customer Service Award: Ann Barber, DPD (coordinated information to prevent malaria in international travelers); Michelle Russell, DGMQ; San Antonio Katrina and Rita CDC Response Team
  • Contributions to Employee Motivation and Development: Martha Remis, DGMQ (leadership during the CDC Quarantine Station expansion); Donald Spatz, DGMQ (for volunteer activities to benefit the community)
Photo: Rima Khabbaz with Donald Spatz, Marty Remis
Donald Spatz and Marty Remis each accept their awards from Dr. Khabbaz
  • William C. Watson, Jr., Medal of Excellence: Bala Swaminathan, DBMD (for enhancing surveillance and investigations with molecular methods and innovative networks)
  • Photo: Rima Khabbaz and Yecai Liu
    Dr. Khabbaz and Yecai Liu
    Public Health Protection Research: Patricia Fields, DBMD (enhancing the National Salmonella Surveillance System); Safe Water System Research Team, DBMD (research into measures to protect the health of populations in developing countries)
  • Public Health Statistical Research and Service: Yecai Liu, DGMQ (data projects to improve the health of U.S.-bound immigrants, refugees, and migrants); National Healthcare Safety Network Patient Safety Component Team, DHQP
  • James Virgil Peavy Work Force Development Award: Miami Quarantine Station—Surge Capacity Training, DGMQ
  • Photo: Rima Khabbaz and Maggie La Guins
    Dr. Khabbaz and Maggie La Guins
    Excellence in Business Systems and Services: Maggie La Guins, OD; Tracy Badsgard, DVBID; Parasitic Diseases Branch Administrative Team, DPD Excellence in Systems for Program Operations: Darlene Brady, Mycotic Diseases Branch; Christie Reed, DGMQ; Tabletop Exercises Planning Team, DGMQ
  • Silo Busters: Collaborative Success: Measles Outbreak Response Team for Refugees from Nairobi, Kenya, DGMQ (protecting the health of 3,000 Somali and Ethiopian refugees and the public during outbreak)
  • Health Equity Award: Robert Holman, DVRD (for statistical analysis and surveillance of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and viral and rickettsial diseases)
  • Public Health Epidemiology and Research: Clifford McDonald, DHQP; Pandemic Emergency Preparedness Group, BPRP (new epidemic strain of Clostridium difficile)
  • Photo: Robert Tauxe (right) and two colleagues
    Rob Tauxe (right) celebrates his winning the Joseph E. McDade Citation for Lifetime Scientific Achievement with two colleagues at the reception following the Recognition Awards ceremony.
    Joseph E. McDade Citation for Lifetime Scientific Achievement: Robert V. (Rob) Tauxe, MD, chief of the Foodborne and Diarrheal Branch, Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases (the 1980s Salmonella Enteritidis infections; the 1990s Latin American cholera epidemic, which led to CDC's Safe Water System Program, now in 19 countries; new approaches to surveillance and investigation of foodborne infections; "a champion for field epidemiology."

Nakano Citation Winners

  • Demma LJ, Traeger MS, Nicholson WL, Paddock CD, Blau DM, Eremeeva ME, Dasch GA, Levin ML, Singleton J Jr, Zaki SR, Cheek JE, Swerdlow DL, McQuiston JH. Rocky Mountain spotted fever from an unexpected tick vector in Arizona. N Engl J Med 2005;353:587-94.
  • de Rochars MB, Kanjilal S, Direny AN, Radday J, Lafontant JG, Mathieu E, Rheingans RD, Haddix AC, Streit TG, Beach MJ, Addiss DG, Lammie PJ. The Leogane, Haiti demonstration project: decreased microfilaremia and program costs after three years of mass drug administration. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2005;73:888-94.
  • Fischer M, Bhatnagar J, Guarner J, Reagan S, Hacker JK, Van Meter SH, Poukens V, Whiteman DB, Iton A, Cheung M, Dassey DE, Shieh WJ, Zaki SR. Fatal toxic shock syndrome associated with Clostridium sordellii after medical abortion. N Engl J Med 2005;353:2352-60.
  • Fridkin SK, Hageman JC, Morrison M, Sanza LT, Como-Sabetti K, Jernigan JA, Harriman K, Harrison LH, Lynfield R, Farley MM. Active Bacterial Core Surveillance Program of the Emerging Infections Program Network. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus disease in three communities. N Engl J Med 2005;352:1436-44.
  • Hennessy TW, Singleton RJ, Bulkow LR, Bruden DL, Hurlburt DA, Parks D, Moore M, Parkinson AJ, Schuchat A, Butler JC. Impact of heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on invasive disease, antimicrobial resistance and colonization in Alaska Natives: progress towards elimination of a health disparity. Vaccine 2005;23:5464-73.
  • Hill VR, Polaczyk AL, Hahn D, Narayanan J, Cromeans TL, Roberts JM, Amburgey JE. Development of a rapid method for simultaneous recovery of diverse microbes in drinking water by ultrafiltration with sodium polyphosphate and surfactants. Appl Environ Microbiol 2005;71:6878-84.
  • Hunsperger E, Roehrig JT. Characterization of West Nile viral replication and maturation in peripheral neurons in culture. J Neurovirol 2005;11:11-22.
  • Luby SP, Agboatwalla M, Feikin DR, Painter J, Billheimer W, Altaf A, Hoekstra RM. Effect of handwashing on child health: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 005;366:225-33.
  • Mast EE, Hwang LY, Seto DS, Nolte FS, Nainan OV, Wurtzel H, Alter MJ. Risk factors for perinatal transmission of hepatitis C virus (HCV) and the natural history of HCV infection acquired in infancy. J Infect Dis 2005;192:1880-9.
  • McDonald LC, Killgore GE, Thompson A, Owens RC Jr, Kazakova SV, Sambol SP, Johnson S, Gerding DN. An epidemic, toxin gene-variant strain of Clostridium difficile. N Engl J Med 2005;353:2433-41.
  • Srinivasan A, Burton EC, Kuehnert MJ, Rupprecht C, Sutker WL, Ksiazek TG, Paddock CD, Guarner J, Shieh WJ, Goldsmith C, Hanlon CA, Zoretic J, Fischbach B, Niezgoda M, El-Feky WH, Orciari L, Sanchez EQ, Likos A, Klintmalm GB, Cardo D, LeDuc J, Chamberland ME, Jernigan DB, Zaki SR: Rabies in Transplant Recipients Investigation Team. Transmission of rabies virus from an organ donor to four transplant recipients. N Engl J Med 2005;352:1103-11.
  • Tumpey TM, Basler CF, Aguilar PV, Zeng H. Solorzano A, Swayne DE, Cox NJ, Katz JM, Taubenberger JK, Palese P, Garcia-Sastre A. Characterization of the reconstructed 1918 Spanish infuenza pandemic virus. Science 2005;310:77-80.
  • Warny M, Pépin J, Fang A, Killgore G, Thompson A, Brazier J, Frost E, McDonald LC. Toxin production by an emerging strain of Clostridium difficile associated with outbreaks of severe disease in North America and Europe. Lancet 2005;366:1079-84.

NCID Commissioned Corps Awards

  • Distinguished Service Medal
  • Harold Margolis

  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • Scott Dowell

  • Outstanding Service Medal
  • Nancy Rosenstein

  • Commendation Medal
  • Alicia Fry
    William Greim
    Daniel O'Leary
    Alexander Rowe
    Tracee Treadwell

  • Achievement Medal
  • Henry Baggett III
    Edwarda Lee
    Laura Podewils
    Arjun Srinivasan
    Rebecca Sunenshine
    Kirk Winger

  • PHS Citation
  • Stephen Benoit
    Edward Wozniak

  • Outstanding Unit Citation
  • Avian Influenza A Response Team
    Larry Anderson
    Paul Arguin
    William Atkinson
    David Bell
    Niranjan Bhat
    Willie Bower
    Carolyn Bridges
    Jay Butler
    Marty Cetron
    Mary Chamberland
    Steve Cochi
    Mitch Cohen
    Lisa Delaney
    Scott Dowell
    Aaron Fleischauer
    Keiji Fukuda
    Gale Galland
    Scott Harper
    James Hughes
    Duane Kilgus
    Mehran Massoudi
    Steve Ostroff
    Anne Schuchat
    Ben Schwartz
    Mark Simmerman
    Patricia Simone
    Arjuin Srinivasan
    Ray Strikas
    Tim Uyeki
    Melinda Wharton
    Deborah Yeskey

  • Unit Commendation
  • Rat Bite Fever Investigation Team
    Marc Fischer
    Sarah Reagan-Steiner

  • Animal Technical Advisory Panel (ATAP)
  • Glenda Galland
    Gregory Langham
    Allison Williams

  • Anthrax Laboratory Exposure Investigation Team
  • Richard Ehrenberg
    Marc Fischer
    Sarah Reagan-Steiner
    Nancy Rosenstein
    Robbin Weyant


    DSTDP Colleagues Receive Awards

    At the recent National STD Prevention Conference in Jacksonville, Florida, two Division of STD Prevention (DSTDP) colleagues received important awards.

    Photo: Sevgi Aral
    Aral
    DSTDP's associate director for science (ADS), Sevgi Aral, PhD, received the Thomas Parran Award. This award is presented annually to a member of the American STD Association for long and distinguished contributions in the field of STD research and prevention. Dr. Aral is the first woman since 1973 and the first sitting CDC employee to be honored with this award.

    As the ADS for DSTDP, Dr. Aral is responsible for the oversight and direction of all of the division's scientific activities including intramural and extramural research programs and science-program interactions. She is a mentor for both trainees and colleagues, advising on social science perspectives for bridging the gap between clinical epidemiology and behavior.

    Aral's research focuses on risk and preventive behaviors, gender differences, societal characteristics that influence STD and HIV rates, contextual issues, and effects of distinct types of sexual mixing on STD spread. Her research has been in both domestic and international settings, and her writings have included cross-cultural comparative analyses.

    In addition to her post at CDC, Aral currently serves as a clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and is the associate editor of the scientific journals, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Sexually Transmitted Infections.

    In her Thomas Parran lecture, "Social and Behavioral Determinants of STD 2006: Scientific and Technical Advances, Demography and the Global Political Economy," Aral, referencing poet Robert Frost, shared some thoughts that occurred to her as she reflected on things that are happening currently in science, technology, demography, and the global political economy. Her talk was a wide-ranging, thought-provoking survey of current thinking and implications for STDs.

    Photo: Susan DeLisle
    DeLisle
    DSTDP's chief, Program and Training Branch (proposed), Susan DeLisle, RN, MPH, APRN, received the Jack N. Spencer Award. This award honors an individual for a career of exceptional contributions to excellence in STD prevention characterized by outstanding commitment to science-based programs, continuous innovation, and profound commitment to helping people. The award was presented by its namesake, longtime CDC employee Jack N. Spencer.

    DeLisle started her STD and reproductive health-related career in 1983 as a training specialist at the Center for Health Training in Seattle, Washington. Before coming to CDC in 1996, she also served as the director of the Region 10 Infertility Prevention Project.

    DeLisle joined CDC and DSTDP in 1996 as the national coordinator for Infertility Prevention Activities. In 1999, she became the chief of the Program Development and Support Branch (currently Program and Training Branch (PTB, proposed), where she oversees the nation's STD programs. DeLisle also served as DSTDP's acting deputy director between March 2004 and July 2005.

    DeLisle contributes to the field directly and indirectly by guiding, supporting, and encouraging others to develop and implement science-based programs and participate in continuous innovation. For example, DeLisle played a role in the incorporation of Rapid Situational Assessments into outbreak response and the use of nuclear acid amplification tests by infertility prevention programs. She also continuously encourages prevention programs to use local epidemiologic and behavioral data in program planning and was instrumental in the development of the first STD HEDIS measure for annual chlamydia screening of young, sexually active women.

    In accepting the Jack Spencer Award, DeLisle shared her perspective that as we talk about public health, "it's important to remember that the 'public' is made up of people." She reminded us that every suspect, associate, core transmitter, and case is a person who needs our commitment, passion, and expertise.

    Regrettably for DSTDP, Susan's commitment and passion will soon be directed to her new role with CDC's Portfolio Management Project.



    Photo: Michael S. Friedman
    Friedman
    NCHHSTP Director's Recognition Award—June 2006

    Michael S. Friedman, MD, of the Global AIDS Program (GAP), is the recipient of the NCHHSTP Director's Recognition Award for June. NCHHSTP is the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (proposed).

    Dr. Friedman is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service who has been with the NCHHSTP Global AIDS Program in India since June 2004. He is assigned to the U.S. Consulate General in Chennai in Tamil Nadu State where he provides oversight and technical support to the GAP India program in South India. In this challenging position, Friedman provides supervisory support to U.S. Government technical and administrative staff located in two offices, collaborates with grantees to develop scopes of work and budgets and establish reporting requirements, and oversees the implementation of GAP activities.

    The GAP India program was begun 5 years ago in Tamil Nadu (pop. 65 million). However, during the past year, in addition to intensifying the program within Tamil Nadu State, Friedman has taken the lead in the successful expansion of GAP India activities into the neighboring state of Andhra Pradesh (pop. 80 million). In this role, he has carefully and conscientiously developed collaborative partnerships with government leaders, nongovernmental organizations, faith-based organizations, the private sector, and others to develop and implement innovative initiatives to provide critically needed support in the districts hardest hit by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

    Among his accomplishments during the past year, Friedman has overseen the development of a comprehensive HIV education and empowerment training program for 3 million rural women. He also created a community HIV care and prevention pilot project operating in 20 governmental primary health centers (each PHS serves a population of 40,000), with a network of 10–15 privately funded medical colleges. These activities have been achieved through careful consultation with partners and leveraging of funds from other sources (including government of India funding, Global Fund, etc.). Friedman has earned the respect of his partners and other U.S. Government staff (including the Chennai Consul General, USAID, etc.) for his technical knowledge and his ability to address challenges diplomatically and in a culturally sensitive manner.

    The citation on the NCHHSTP website for this award says that Friedman is a critical member of the GAP India team, working tirelessly, both independently and collaboratively, to ensure that programs are competently executed and technically sound. Furthermore, his vision and thoughtful planning are critical to the successful implementation of the GAP India program.



    Former GAP Kenya director wins Atlanta federal employee all star award

    At the 2006 Atlanta Federal Employee of Year Award ceremony held on May 3, an All Star award went to Kevin DeCock, MD, who recently left CDC to join the World Health Organization (WHO). DeCock, the former director of the CDC Global AIDS Program in Kenya, was nominated in the Outstanding Supervisor category.

    Throughout his 20-year career, DeCock has shown visionary leadership and dedication to improving the lives of people with HIV/AIDS. He established Project Retro-CI to address HIV/AIDS in Côte d'Ivoire and served as its director from 19881993. In 1997, he returned to Atlanta to serve as director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Surveillance, and Epidemiology, with responsibility for all domestic HIV/AIDS surveillance and research at CDC. In 2000, DeCock was appointed director of CDC GAP Kenya, a position he held until his retirement from CDC in 2006. DeCock now serves as WHO's director of the Department of HIV/AIDS. In his new role, DeCock oversees all of WHO's work related to HIV/AIDS, focusing on initiatives to assist developing countries in scaling up their HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, care, and support programs.