804. Meet-the-Professor
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: Not Turning the Corner: What Happens When Treated Patients Don't Get Better?
Saturday, October 22, 2011: 7:30 AM
Room: 252AB

Richard Wenzel, MD, FIDSA, Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA; Medical College of Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond, VA

Richard P. Wenzel, MD, MSc, is professor and former chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA (1995-2009). From 2003-2008, he was President of MCV Physicians, the clinical practice plan for over 600 physicians, and Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs. For 8 years (1992 to 2000), he was a member of the editorial board of The New England Journal of Medicine, and, in September 2001, became the journal’s first Editor-at-Large, a position he still holds. He is the prolific author of over 500 publications, the editor of six textbooks and the lead editor of A Guide for Infection Control in the Hospital, already translated into eight languages for free distribution to health care workers in developing countries. His popular book, Stalking Microbes, was published in the summer of 2005. His medical thriller, Labyrinth of Terror, was released in October, 2010. Dr. Wenzel's research has focused on the prevention and control of hospital-acquired infections, especially bloodstream infections (BSIs) and sepsis. He is a nationally recognized expert on antibiotic resistance and its impact. Dr. Wenzel is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI), the Association of American Physicians (AAP) and a charter member of the Surgical Infections Society. He is also former president of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and former councilor of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). He has trained 50 hospital epidemiologists worldwide. From 2006-08, Dr. Wenzel was President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID). He has received numerous awards for research and teaching, including the Abbott Achievement Award for Outcomes Research, the Humboldt Research Award for Senior US Scientists, a Senior International Fellowship Fogarty Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Woodward Award from the US Navy for "vision and leadership in public health and preventive medicine" (1997) and the Bruce Award from the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) for "distinguished contribution in preventive medicine" (1999). In November 2001, the NIH announced that Dr. Wenzel was one of 10 "Great Teachers" identified in the 2001-2002 series on “Contemporary Best Teachers”. In 2002, the University of Iowa gave him the Distinguished Achievement Award for work on nosocomial infections, and in 2003 Jefferson Medical College gave him the Distinguished Alumnus Award. The ACP awarded Dr. Wenzel with a Mastership at the 2002 annual meeting. In 2004, the Medical College of Virginia Foundation honored him with the W. Robert Irby Award for Philanthropic Leadership. In 2008, he received the Laureate Award from the ACP, and The Pioneer in Medicine Award – voted by physicians in the Greater Richmond area and featured in Richmond Magazine. In March 2010, he received the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. The IDSA gave him the Edward Kass lectureship and Award in October 2010.

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