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The IDSA Society Awards celebrate the impactful accomplishments of your fellow IDSA members for their incredible work that can be seen locally and around the globe. Members are nominated by their peers and awarded by the Society Awards committee and Board of Directors each year. Help us recognize stellar clinicians, preeminent teachers, and influential researchers by nominating your colleague today!

Nominations are due by Monday, June 20, 2022. Award recipients will be presented at IDWeek 2022.


How to Submit a Nomination

Fill in a nomination form— The online form includes a space for a statement from the Primary nominator summarizing the seminal contributions, quality and impact of the nominee’s work (350-word limit).

Submit a seconding nomination statement— Nominations require at least one seconding statement of support from an active IDSA member. 1-3 supporting statements can be submitted though the online nomination form (250-word limit).

Upload supporting documents - All nominations require a current copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. A copy of the award nominee’s NIH Biosketch is required for lifetime achievement awards, optional for all other awards.



Award nominees, primary nominators, and at least one secondary nominator must be active members of IDSA in good standing.

Members currently serving on the IDSA Board of Directors or the IDSA Society Awards Committee are not eligible to be nominated.

Past Alexander Fleming Award Winners are not eligible to receive other Society Awards.

Individuals who have previously won a particular award are not eligible to win that award again. They may, however, be nominated in a different award category. View past awards winners.

Self-nominations are not permitted.


2021 IDSA Society Award Winners 

Last year, we recognized members’ outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic, specifically in two award categories -- the Society Citation and the Clinical Practice Innovation Award.


Alexander Fleming Award

The Alexander Fleming Award for lifetime achievement is granted to an IDSA member or fellow in recognition of a career that reflects major contributions to the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge about infectious diseases.

View the 2021 Alexander Fleming Award Winner & Past Recipients

D.A. Henderson Award

The D.A. Henderson Award for Outstanding contributions to Public Health will recognize a lifetime of achievement in public health. Dr. Henderson’s role in leading the successful eradication of smallpox will stand forever as a shining example of the profound impact that infectious disease physicians and scientists can have in preventing disease and relieving human suffering. By naming this award in his honor we hope to inspire others to become champions for public health throughout the world.

View the 2021 D.A. Henderson Award Winner & Past Recipients

Watanakunakorn Clinician Award

Named to honor the memory of Dr. Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, this award is given annually to an IDSA member or fellow in recognition of outstanding achievement in the clinical practice of infectious diseases.

View the 2021 Watanakunakorn Clinician Award Winner & Past Recipients

Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award

Named to honor the late past-president Walter E. Stamm, MD, FIDSA, this award was created to recognize individuals who have served as exemplary mentors and is presented to an IDSA member or fellow who has been exceptional in guiding professional growth of infectious diseases professionals.

View the 2021 Walter E. Stamm Mentor Award Winner & Past Recipients

Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement

The Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement recognizes outstanding achievement in an area of infectious diseases by an individual member or fellow of IDSA who is 45 or younger (on December 31 of the year preceding the IDWeek at which the award is given). The award is based on overall achievement, not usually a single study.

View the 2021 Oswald Avery Award for Early Achievement Winner & Past Recipients

Clinical Practice Innovation Award

The Clinical Practice Innovation Award will be awarded to members who devote the majority of their time to patient care and who have significantly advanced the clinical practice of infectious diseases within the last five years. This may be accomplished through innovation in clinical practice design or management, or advocacy on the behalf of IDSA that fosters change to better recognize the value of infectious diseases practice.

View the 2021 Clinical Practice Innovation Award Winner & Past Recipients

Society Citation Award


The Society Citation is a discretionary award given in recognition of exemplary contribution to IDSA, and outstanding discovery in the field of infectious diseases, or a lifetime of outstanding achievement. More than one award may be given each year.

View the 2021 Society Citation Award Winners & Past Recipients

Clinical Teacher Award

The Clinical Teacher Award honors a career involved in teaching clinical infectious diseases to fellows, residents, or medical students and recognizes excellence as a clinician and motivation to teach the next generation.

View the 2021 Clinical Teacher Award Winner & Past Recipients

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