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Portrait of Henry Masur
Henry Masur, MD

Chief, Critical Care Medicine Department


Critical Care Medicine


AB, Dartmouth College
MD, Cornell University Medical College


Email: hmasur@cc.nih.gov
Phone: 301-496-9320

Portrait of Henry Masur
Henry Masur, MD

Chief, Critical Care Medicine Department


Critical Care Medicine


AB, Dartmouth College
MD, Cornell University Medical College


Email: hmasur@cc.nih.gov
Phone: 301-496-9320


Dr. Henry Masur is well known for his expertise in the management of HIV and its comorbidities, and for his expertise in ICU-related infections. His department has published many pivotal studies related to sepsis, the safety of the blood supply, microbial diagnostics, emerging infections, and pulmonary immunology.


Dr. 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 Diseases and Internal Medicine, he served as an Instructor and Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Diseases Division at Cornell from 1978 to 1982.

He was recruited to NIH to jointly found a new department of critical care medicine and an HIV/AIDS program with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He became Chief of the Critical Care Medicine Department in 1989. The Critical Care Medicine Department manages the NIH-Clinical Center’s only medical-surgical ICU, emphasizing multidisciplinary care. The department also manages respiratory therapy and the code team.

During the past 30 years, the department has attained national and international acclaim for its leadership in areas of sepsis, emerging infections, HIV/AIDS, lung biology and sickle cell disease. Its senior staff includes national leaders in professional societies and national clinical care guidelines.

The department has developed a highly competitive, highly sought training program in critical care medicine which permits candidates to train in pulmonary medicine, infectious diseases, or cardiology as a second subspecialty. Its fellowship alumni have leadership positions at academic medical centers across the U.S., as well as leadership roles in professional societies.

Dr. Masur is the founding editor of the NIH-CDC-IDSA Guidelines for Management of Opportunistic Infections in Adults and Adolescents with HIV Infections, Co-Editor of the textbook AIDS Therapy, and is Past President, Infectious Diseases Society of America. He was one of the initial co-chairs of the Infectious Disease Society of America-American Association for Study of Liver Disease Guideline on Hepatitis C. He is the chair of the IDSA Sepsis Task Force.

He leads the District of Columbia Partnership for AIDS Progress, a unique collaboration between NIH and the DC government which aims to create an urban model for decreasing the impact of HIV/AIDS on underserved populations. The program includes the largest urban cohort study of HIV/AIDS in the U.S., and did the first U.S. trials of interferon free therapy of HCV. The program has expanded its focus to new approaches to opioid use disorder with funding from the NIH HEAL Program.

Dr. Masur holds appointments at the University of Maryland and the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Journal Articles

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) POSITION STATEMENT: Why IDSA Did Not Endorse the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines IDSA Sepsis Task Force . Clin Infect Dis. 2018 May 2;66(10):1631-1635. doi: 10.1093/cid/cix99

Kattakuzhy S, Gross C, Emmanuel B, Teferi G, Jenkins V, Silk R, Akoth E, Thomas A, Ahmed C, Espinosa M, Price A, Rosenthal E, Tang L, Wilson E, Bentzen S, Masur H, Kottilil S; and the ASCEND Providers. Expansion of Treatment for Hepatitis C Virus Infection by Task Shifting to Community-Based Nonspecialist Providers: A Nonrandomized Clinical Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2017;167:311-318.

Chertow DS, Palmore TN, Masur H. Critical Care Medicine After the 2014-2015 Ebola Outbreak: Are We Ready If It Happens Again? Crit Care Med. 2016 Mar;44(3):457-9.

Meissner EG, Kohli A, Virtaneva K, Sturdevant D, Martens C, Porcella SF, McHutchison JG, Masur H, Kottilil S. Achieving sustained virologic response after interferon-free hepatitis C virus treatment correlates with hepatic interferon gene expression changes independent of cirrhosis. J Viral Hepat. 2016 Jul;23(7):496-505.

Kohli A, Kattakuzhy S, Sidharthan S, Nelson A, McLaughlin M, Seamon C, Wilson E, Meissner EG, Sims Z, Silk R, Gross C, Akoth E, Tang L, Price A, Jolley TA, Emmanuel B, Proschan M, Teferi G, Chavez J, Abbott S, Osinusi A, Mo H, Polis MA, Masur H, Kottilil S. Four-Week Direct-Acting Antiviral Regimens in Noncirrhotic Patients With Hepatitis C Virus Genotype 1 Infection: An Open-Label, Nonrandomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2015 Dec 15;163(12):899-907.

Wilson EM, Kattakuzhy S, Sidharthan S, Sims Z, Tang L, McLaughlin M, Price A, Nelson A, Silk R, Gross C, Akoth E, Mo H, Subramanian GM, Pang PS, McHutchison JG, Osinusi A, Masur H, Kohli A, Kottilil S. Successful Retreatment of Chronic HCV Genotype-1 Infection With Ledipasvir and Sofosbuvir After Initial Short Course Therapy With Direct-Acting Antiviral Regimens. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Feb 1;62(3):280-288.

Osinusi A, Townsend K, Kohli A, Nelson A, Seamon C, Meissner EG, Bon D, Silk R, Gross C, Price A, Sajadi M, Sidharthan S, Sims Z, Herrmann E, Hogan J, Teferi G, Talwani R, Proschan M, Jenkins V, Kleiner DE, Wood BJ, Subramanian GM, Pang PS, McHutchison JG, Polis MA, Fauci AS, Masur H, Kottilil S. Virologic response following combined ledipasvir and sofosbuvir administration in patients with HCV genotype 1 and HIV co-infection. JAMA. 2015 Mar 24-31;313(12):1232-9.


  • IDSA Edward Kass Lecture, 2018
  • Institute of Human Virology-University of Maryland Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
  • John Phillips Award, American College of Physicians, 2010
  • Feder lectureship, Weill Cornell Medical College, 2008
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2002-2008
    • Council 2001-2004
    • President 2006-2007
  • 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
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation
  • Association of American Physicians

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