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AIDS After 25 Years: Lessons Learned
for Other Emerging Infections

Henry Masur, M.D.
Chief, Critical Care Medicine Department
National Institutes of Health Clinical Center


Tuesday, October 24, 2006
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Henry Masur earned his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at New York Hospital and Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following a fellowship at Cornell in the Division of Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine, he served as an instructor and assistant professor of medicine in that division from 1978 to 1982. He joined the NIH Clinical Center as assistant chief of the Critical Care Medicine Department in 1982 and was appointed chief of the department in 1989.

As a resident at New York Hospital in 1979, Dr, Masur diagnosed an otherwise healthy patient with pneumocystis pneumonia. His subsequent report was one of three that together formed the first published observations of AIDS-related conditions.

Dr. Masur has published widely on HIV-related opportunistic infections, including pneumocystis pneumonia. He has conducted extensive research on emerging infections, such as SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and the West Nile virus.

Dr. Masur currently holds several faculty appointments, serving as an attending physician in the Infectious Disease Section of Medstar-Washington Hospital Center, clinical professor of anesthesiology at University of Maryland, and clinical professor of medicine at George Washington University.

He is an active member of the Infectious Disease Society of America (Council 2001-2004, Vice President 2004-2005, President Elect 2005-2006, President 2006-2007, Past President 2007-2008). Dr. Masur has been awarded the Zucker Family Lectureship, Weill College of Medicine, Cornell University, 2003; Astute Clinician Lecture, National Institutes of Health, 2002; Kirby Lectureship, University of Washington, 2002; Taubin Memorial Lectureship, Children’s National Medical Center, 2002; International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care Hero Award (41 named internationally), 2000; and Clinical Center Director’s Award for Outstanding Departmental Management, 1998.

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