Kathleen McManus, MD, an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine’s Infectious Diseases Division, has been named a Fellow by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). Fellowship in IDSA is one of the highest honors in the field of infectious diseases. It recognizes distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession.
Dr. McManus is a physician-scientist who is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study the effects of the Affordable Care Act on low-income people living with HIV and to quantify how health policy changes impact disparities in HIV care. Her research on access to care for people with HIV and people at risk for HIV is informed by her experience providing clinical care, and her research is impacting policy at the state and national level. Since 2017, she has also provided continuous service to IDSA on various committees related to health policy, advocacy, medical student recruitment to Infectious Diseases, and mentorship and sponsorship.
“The 219 individuals chosen to receive the FIDSA designation this year are on the front lines of discovery, patient care and public health, and we are proud to honor their work and dedication,” said Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA, president of IDSA. “These ID physicians and scientists represent the passion and commitment needed to educate leaders around the globe about current and future health threats. We all benefit from their pivotal contributions to our local communities and expertise within the field of medicine. I am proud to work and learn alongside them.”
Applicants for IDSA Fellowship must be nominated by their peers and meet specified criteria that include continuing identification with the field of infectious diseases, national or regional recognition and publication of their scholarly work. Nominees are reviewed and elected by the IDSA Board of Directors. Fellows of IDSA work in many different settings, including clinical practice, teaching, research, public health and health care administration.
The IDSA is an organization of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, public health experts and other health care professionals dedicated to promoting health through excellence in infectious diseases research, education, prevention and patient care. The Society was founded in 1963 and is based in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, see www.idsociety.org.