598a. Progression of Clinical Research: A Personal Experience
Session: Named Lecture: Maxwell Finland Lecture
Thursday, October 18, 2012: 3:45 PM
Room: Ballroom 20 ABCD
George H. McCracken Jr., MD, FIDSA, Pediatrics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX

George H. McCracken, Jr., MD
George H. McCracken, Jr., MD, is Professor of Pediatrics, The George McCracken Distinguished Professor of Pediatric Infectious Disease at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He received his undergraduate education at Williams College and medical degree from Cornell University Medical College followed by an internship in Medicine and a Residency in Pediatrics at the New York Hospital.
With 514 peer-reviewed manuscripts and editorials and 70 book chapters to his credit, Dr. McCracken has made significant contributions to the scientific literature. His research interests include the clinical pharmacology of antimicrobial agents in infants and children and animal and clinical studies of the molecular pathophysiology and treatment of bacterial meningitis and of lower respiratory tract infections. In addition, he has made more than 300 presentations to peer-reviewed national conferences (PAS, ICAAC, IDSA, etc), and has held the honor of Visiting Professor and Honorary Lecturer at numerous national and international universities. He has been Chief Editor of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal since 1982 when he and Dr. John Nelson started the journal.
Since 1968, Dr. McCracken has trained 100 fellows (5 currently) in pediatric infectious diseases, of which 80% are engaged in active research and training at university-affiliated medical centers and children’s hospitals worldwide. In addition, from 1992 to 2008 he raised more than $4.56 million for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society to sponsor 58 two-year fellowship training awards.
Dr. McCracken has received many honors and awards during his career, including the, Bristol Award for Distinguished Achievements in Infectious Diseases from IDSA and the Hoechst-Roussel Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Antimicrobial Chemotherapy from the American Society for Microbiology. In 1998, the American Society for Microbiology established the Annual George H. McCracken Infectious Disease Fellow Award in recognition of his contributions to the ICAAC and to the ASM. In 2001, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award for lifetime achievements in research and training from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. In April 2003, he received the Bicentennial Medal from his alma mater, Williams College, for distinguished accomplishments in pediatric medicine. In October 2003 he received the Mentor Award from IDSA for recognition of a lifetime of service as a mentor for infectious disease professionals. In March 2004 he received the Maxwell Finland Award for scientific achievements from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. In October 2004 he was the first recipient of the Lifetime Contribution to Education in Infectious Disease from the Section on Infectious Disease of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In October 2005 he received the Sumner J. Yaffe Lifetime Achievement Award in Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics. In May 2006 he received the Cornell Univ Weil Medical Center Alumnus Award of Distinction and in 2008 the Kellogg Alumnus Award for Distinguished Lifetime Achievements from Williams College. In 2008 he received an Honorary Doctorate of Medicine, University of Athens, Athens, Greece

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