ROBERT A. WEINSTEIN, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, who has trained more than 100 infectious diseases fellows and mentees, is the recipient of IDSA’s 2012 Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award. Named to honor the memory of a former IDSA president who was renowned for nurturing the careers of others, this award recognizes individuals who have served as exemplary mentors, and who have been exceptional in guiding the professional growth of infectious diseases professionals.
Dr. Weinstein is chairman of medicine for the Cook County Health and Hospitals System; chief operating officer for the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center for Prevention, Control, and Research of Infectious Diseases; and the C. Anderson Hedberg, MD, Professor of Internal Medicine at Rush Medical College.
His research focuses on the epidemiology and control of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial-resistant organisms. He has also conducted a significant amount of research in evaluation of rapid diagnostic methods, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, and outcomes in HIV and AIDS. Dr. Weinstein is known for identifying key problems in infectious diseases, intensive care units, and healthcare delivery systems often before they are recognized by others.
Dr. Weinstein has served on the Board of Directors and the Annual Meeting Program Committee for IDSA and, for more than a decade, has served as the healthcare epidemiology section editor for Clinical Infectious Diseases. He is a founding member and past president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), who is credited with giving the society its distinctive type-mark.
In addition, he has served on and chaired the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee and serves on the CDC Board of Scientific Counselors, as well as having served on the National Quality Forum. He was also on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization’s member review and advisory committees, and served on National Institutes of Health member workshops and advisory committees.
Dr. Weinstein has done ground-breaking and seminal work in many areas of infectious diseases, HIV epidemiology, and infection prevention. His global influence has led to the reduction of healthcare-associated infections in other countries, as well as the United States.
Dr. Weinstein received his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He completed his house staff training at Barnes Hospital and then went to the CDC as an Epidemic Intelligence Services officer, before beginning his infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Chicago. He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed papers, 50 book chapters, two books, and numerous digital materials.
Dr. Weinstein has received numerous teaching awards, including the SHEA Lectureship Award in 2005, the SHEA Mentor Scholar Award in 2008, a resident teaching award named in his honor, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the CDC in 2010. “He continues to be the highlight of any program where he is the speaker and his teaching and speaking skills are obvious to everyone,” a colleague said.
For his impact on many trainees in the field of infectious diseases, by direct teaching at his institution, as well as by teaching at national and international venues, IDSA is proud to present Dr. Weinstein with the 2012 Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award.
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