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Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Public Health

IDSA, SHEA and PIDS are pleased to announce the first awardees of the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public health (LEAP) Fellowship. Currently in its inaugural year, the LEAP Fellowship is a $100,000 training award competitively granted to four promising young infectious diseases physicians. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this fellowship aims to foster the next generation of Infectious Diseases leaders in public health, hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship, giving them the hands-on experience they’ll need to lead and collaborate across these disciplines of healthcare.


Congratulations to the 2018 - 2019 Awardees:

Dana Pepe, MD, Yale School of Medicine
LEAP Fellowship Project: Expanding Utilization of Targeted Assessment for Prevention (TAP) Strategy in Connecticut

Gabriella Andujar Vazquez, MD, Tufts Medical Center 
LEAP Fellowship Project: Enhanced Support for Long Term Care Facilities Participating in a Massachusetts Department of Public Health Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiative

Jennifer Blumenthal, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital 
LEAP Fellowship Project: Assessing and Optimizing the Utility of the Massachusetts Statewide Antibiogram

Milner Staub, MD, Vanderbilt University
LEAP Fellowship Project: An Assessment of Outpatient Antimicrobial Prescription Across Tennessee Based on Practice Location, Specialty and Provider

LEAP Fellows and SHEA Leadership at 2019 SHEA Spring Meeting


The LEAP Fellowship commenced on July 1, 2018 and will last one year. The Fellowship is for early career infectious diseases physicians - those in their second or third year of fellowship or up to two years post fellowship.


LEAP Fellowship Hiatus for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

The Fellowship will not be opening for applications or training Fellows for the 2019-2020 academic year. We apologize to all whose plans or expectations may be frustrated by this announcement, it was not a decision made lightly. It is our hope that the program will be back up and running in time for recruitment for the 2020-2021 academic year. Please look out for a program update regarding the timeline for new applications in the Fall/Winter of 2019.

For more information, contact Michele Wagner, at:  

Societal Leadership Weighs In

IDSA : “I am proud that we have partnered with SHEA and PIDS along with the CDC who is sponsoring LEAP so that infectious disease fellows or early career clinical ID physicians may gain experience and tools to foster collaboration between academic institutions and public health departments. With antimicrobial resistance a more pressing concern then ever, we wish the awardees success during their fellowship and look to their future for inspired leadership in stewardship, epidemiology and public health.” – Paul Auwaerter, MBA, MD, FIDSA, President of IDSA

SHEA: “The ability to effectively share knowledge and experience among professionals in public health, infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship and to form fruitful collaborative partnerships is critical in improving patient care and reducing antimicrobial resistance. By offering research support and professional opportunities, the Leadership in Epidemiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship, and Public health (LEAP) Fellowship will help to train future leaders in healthcare epidemiology. We are extremely excited to join IDSA and PIDS in awarding these inaugural LEAP Fellowships,” – Keith Kaye, MD, MPH, president of SHEA

PIDS: “The LEAP fellowships recognize outstanding young ID physicians who are poised to become leaders in public health, hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) is excited to be a part of the inaugural LEAP fellowship awards, and would like to congratulate the four awardees. This is an area of great importance to the future of ID and to the health of our nation.”– Paul W. Spearman, MD, FPIDS

For more information on the LEAP Fellowship, please contact, Michele Wagner, MPH, LEAP Fellowship Project Manager at For more information from CDC, please contact Karima Hunter, Project Manager at

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