NFID Announces 2014 Award Recipients

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The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) annually presents the Maxwell Finland Award and the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award to recognize individuals for their outstanding achievement in humanitarian service, public education, legislative contributions, clinical and/or research activities, and training future leaders in the field of infectious diseases.

Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions to humanitarian service and the health of society.

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) recently announced Dr. Richard L. Guerrant as recipient of the 2014 Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement and Dr. David A. Walton as the 2014 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award recipient. Both awards will be presented at the 2014 NFID awards dinner on the evening of Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, VA.

Richard L. Guerrant, MD is an internationally renowned expert in infectious diseases and global health. He graduated from Davidson and the University of Virginia, School of Medicine and founded the Nation’s first Trans-University Center for Global Health in 2001. Following an internship and residency at Harvard’s Boston City Hospital and a fellowship at NIH, Dr. Guerrant worked in the Congo, Bangladesh, Brazil, and South Africa.

Dr. Guerrant is currently leading a $30 million project focusing on “Malnutrition as an Enteric Disease.” The project is supported by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has authored 550 scientific and clinical articles, reviews, and major textbook chapters.

“Dr. Guerrant has developed innovative approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of common gastrointestinal illnesses that have relevance to these problems both in the US and abroad. His extraordinary mentorship of major leaders is among Dr. Guerrant’s huge national and international contributions to human health,” stated William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD, Professor of Internal Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health at University of Virginia Health System.

David A. Walton, MD, MPH is a leading expert in community-based care of AIDS/HIV, tuberculosis, and non-communicable disease in resource poor settings. He entered Harvard Medical School in 1998, after receiving his BA from Augustana College. Dr. Walton began his residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Dr. Walton first traveled to Haiti following his first year at Harvard as a research assistant to Paul Farmer, MD, PhD and the Partners in Health organization. Since 2008, Dr. Walton has worked with others to accomplish many humanitarian and public education activities including the renovation and staffing of a small clinic in Lascohabas; construction and staffing of a 100-bed hospital in Lacolline; worked as an emergency first responder following the earthquake; and oversaw the construction and staffing of a state-of-the-art 300 bed teaching hospital that will employ 800 Haitians. He is an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

“Dr. Walton possesses a rare blend of clinical acumen, academic achievement, and great gifts as a teacher. In his roles as clinician, researcher, and manager, Dr. Walton has consistently displayed ingenuity, tenacity and a deep commitment to the health and well-being of the poor and sick,” said Paul E. Farmer, MD, PhD, Chair, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Co-Founder, Partners In Health.

For additional information, or to purchase tickets to the dinner, contact awards(at)nfid(dot)org or visit

About the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1973 and dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the causes, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases. Visit for additional information.

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