Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Physician Receives Prestigious Teaching Award

July 11, 2007

HOUSTON - Daniel M. Musher, M.D., Infectious Disease Section chief at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) and professor of Medicine-Infectious Disease at Baylor College of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2007 Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Clinical Teacher Award from the Infectious Disease Society of America. 

The IDSA and the IDSA Education & Research Foundation offer awards to individuals to honor outstanding achievement in the field of infectious diseases. Society Awards have been bestowed upon pioneers in the study of HIV/AIDS, inspiring and supportive teachers, those who paved the way for life-saving vaccines, those committed to serving the needs of communities most susceptible to but least equipped to deal with infectious diseases, and many others who have made a great impact on the field of infectious diseases. IDSA Society Award recipients have varying interests but are alike in their passion for their work and dedication to making a difference, whether through direct patient care or basic research.

An Air Force veteran, Musher graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, received his medical degree from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and did his clinical training at Bellevue Hospital and Tufts-New England Medical Center. Musher has held his current position at the MEDVAMC since 1971, where he teaches by seeing and discussing patients with medical students and residents, as well as by giving formal lectures.  He has been voted outstanding faculty by medical students, by the graduating class, and by the residents. Baylor College of Medicine has recognized him with many teaching awards including the Barbara and Corbin J Robertson Presidential Award for Excellence in Education in 2003, the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teaching Award in 2003, the Baylor Alumni Distinguished Faculty Award in 2007, and election to the Baylor Hall of Fame for Excellence in Teaching.

A national expert in respiratory and gastrointestinal infections, he is a frequent author of review articles for prestigious medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine. Musher holds a VA Merit Review grant for study of immunization to protect veterans against pneumococcal pneumonia.

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