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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University April 4, 2005 | Vol. 34 No. 28
John Bartlett Honored by National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

By David March
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Physician-scientist John G. Bartlett, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the School of Medicine and an internationally renowned authority on AIDS and other infectious diseases, received the prestigious 2005 Maxwell Finland Award for scientific achievement from the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases at a ceremony held March 31 at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, Va.

Former President Bill Clinton was honored at the event, receiving the 2005 Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter Award for "humanitarianism contributions to the health of humankind" from former presidents Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter.

"This is a tremendous honor for John Bartlett and a fitting tribute to his quarter century of truly groundbreaking work at Hopkins," says Edward D. Miller, dean of the medical faculty and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine. "The spread of infectious diseases, such as HIV and Ebola virus, has been effectively challenged by medical leaders of his caliber, and our continued efforts depend upon others following his lead."

Bartlett, who also is the Stanhope Baynes Jones Professor of Medicine, has for 25 years led the School of Medicine's worldwide efforts to understand, pre- vent and treat AIDS. He was the first to direct clinical trials in Baltimore of new treatments that prevent HIV from replicating, and he pioneered the development of dedicated inpatient and outpatient medical care for HIV-infected patients. Bartlett co-chaired the national committee that drafted the first and all subsequent treatment guidelines for HIV-infected patients. He counsels numerous medical societies and health ministries around the world on infectious diseases in general and on AIDS specifically.

"John Bartlett is literally an infectious diseases doctor's greatest resource for information, and he is constantly called upon for his expertise," says Thomas Quinn, a professor of medicine and deputy director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Hopkins.

Bartlett's major research interests have dealt with anaerobic infections, pathogenic mechanisms of Bacteroides fragilis, anaerobic pulmonary infections and Clostridium difficile-associated colitis. Since joining Hopkins in 1980, he has focused on HIV/AIDS, managed care of patients with HIV infection and, most recently, bioterrorism. He has authored 470 articles, 282 book chapters and 61 editions of 14 books.

Bartlett received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth and his medical degree at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y. He completed his training in internal medicine at the Brigham Hospital in Boston and the University of Alabama and received his fellowship training in infectious diseases at UCLA, where, in 1970, he joined the faculty. He later moved to the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine and served as associate chief of staff for research at the Boston VA Hospital.


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