Georgetown University Medical Center gave its highest honor — the Cura Personalis Award – to Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr, director of ICAP at Columbia Mailman School and University Professor, Epidemiology and Medicine, for her “unwavering compassion and deep dedication to collaborative, multidisciplinary approaches to confront the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.” Translated to “care of the whole person,” the award was presented to Dr. El-Sadr by Georgetown’s president Dr. John J. DeGioia.
“With this year’s recipient of the Cura Personalis Award, Georgetown Medical Center celebrates a physician-researcher who has dedicated her career to alleviating the suffering caused by HIV, tuberculosis and other global health challenges,” said DeGioia. “She has also led research programs that have furthered our understanding of effective disease prevention and management strategies. Working with governmental and non-governmental organizations to implement those findings, she has provided care for millions.”
Dr. El-Sadr, who holds the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amFAR Chair in Global Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, is an international expert in epidemiology and research on the prevention and management of HIV, tuberculosis, and other infectious diseases. She leads ICAP’s portfolio of projects in more than 30 countries; under her leadership, ICAP has become a global leader in health systems strengthening and addressing major public health challenges including maternal and child health, women’s health, and non-communicable diseases, among other health threats.
In 2008, she was named a MacArthur Foundation Fellow. She is widely published in scientific literature, and serves as a model of service and dedication for students and colleagues at Columbia and beyond.Tags: Friday Letter Submission, Publish on December 06