Sigma Theta Tau –one of the largest nursing organizations in the world — inducted Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP, as an honorary member. Dr. El-Sadr, who is also professor of Epidemiology and the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair of Global Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, is an internationally recognized leader in prevention and care of people living with HIV. Dr. El-Sadr was selected for her global influence in HIV/AIDS, for furthering the course of health care, and for her commitment to the ideals of nursing. With 135,000 members from more than 90 countries, Sigma Theta Tau was the first organization to fund nursing research in the U.S.
[Photo: Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr]
As the director of ICAP, established in 2003, Dr. El-Sadr, has played a prominent role in the historic and global scale-up of HIV prevention and treatment. Under Dr. El-Sadr’s leadership, ICAP has partnered with ministries of health in over 21 countries to support programs, build capacity, train health care workers, and conduct research that advances their national HIV response and strengthens health systems more broadly. She also leads the Mailman School’s Global Health Initiative, working to foster interdisciplinary collaborations on key global health issues across the School, is a University Professor and professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. Dr. El-Sadr maintains a practice at Harlem Hospital where she has provided care to patients with HIV for several decades.