Infectious Diseases Awards

Emory's Division of Infectious Diseases has a proud tradition of recognition for our faculty's accomplishments. 

Tami Fisk International Travel Award

The Tami Fisk International Travel Award

This endowment enabled the creation of the Tami Fisk International Travel award to support to Infectious Diseases fellows interested in performing research in developing nations focused in areas clinical care and/or health education.

Applicants may submit:

  1. A letter of request outlining their international research work and
  2. A letter of supporting from their research mentor to our Division Director, Monica M. Farley, MD.

The deadline for submission is May 15 of each year. The winner will be announced during the annual Infectious Diseases Fellow Graduation Dinner in June.

Previous award winners

About Tamara "Tami" Fisk, MD

Tami FiskTami continues to be an inspiration to the Division of Infectious Diseases and to all those who knew her. Tami knew she wanted to work overseas as a doctor from the time she was 10, and never lost sight of that goal. She grew up in Denver, but fulfilled her childhood dream to help those less fortunate on the other side of the world. She worked to improve the lives of patients in Zambia, China, and Thailand as well as in the United States. Dr. Fisk graduated medical school summa cum laude at Emory and completed a Med/Peds residency at the Rochester Medical Center in NY. Dr. Fisk returned to the US in 1998 for an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Emory. A few months later, she was diagnosed with melanoma. Despite undergoing multiple chemotherapy regimens, Tami continued her training and research. After only a few months, she went into remission and remained so for several years. Fisk spent half of each year in Thailand researching emerging infectious diseases, including AIDS, febrile illness, as well as SARS during the outbreak. She spent the other half in year in Atlanta as an assistant professor at the Emory School of Medicine. 

Unfortunately, the cancer returned and eventually took her from us. Even as she suffered in illness, Tami continued to reach out to help and heal those around her. Read Tami's poem.

Tami's Work Continues to Inspire Many

Tami's work in Thailand studying febrile illnesses lead to the discovery of a new organism, Bartonella tamiae, named in honor of her. This work was published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. The Fisk Family and MSI Professional Services have developed the Dr. Tami Fisk Scholarship for medically-trained individuals exploring and/or beginning medical service in China. The CMDA, an organization that Tami had worked with for several years, established the Tami Fisk Mission Travel Grant Fund to fund travel grants for individuals beginning medical service in East Asia.  In 2005, the Emory Division of Infectious Diseases established The Emory University School of Medicine Tami Fisk Global Health Fund in recognition of Tami's international research ideals.

Make a Gift

To make a gift to the Tami Fisk Global Health Fund, please call 404-727-3127 or visit and select "other" under Select Gift Direction(s) and type Tami Fisk Global Health Fund in the box provided.

Paul Beeson, MD - Faculty Recognition Award

When Dr. Paul B. Beeson arrived at Emory University in 1942, Infectious Diseases was just emerging as a recognized specialty; blood transfusions were a new procedure, and penicillin was not yet readily available. Few faculty were engaged in full-time research, and The National Institutes of Health (NIH) was mainly focused on war-related treatments.

As the Chairman of the Emory University's Department of Medicine from 1946 to 1952, Dr. Beeson revolutionized Emory University School of Medicine Department of Medicine with his high standards of medical education, patient care and focus on research. He was a pioneer establishing Emory are the research, teaching, and clinical institution we know of today.

In recognition of Dr. Beeson's contributions as an expert in infectious diseases whose research contributed to novel insights into the causes of high and persistent fevers and transfusion associated hepatitis, an influential medical editor, and as an administrator to Emory University, School of Medicine, and the Department of Medicine, the Division of Infectious Diseases established the Paul B. Beeson, MD - Faculty Recognition Award in 2006. I

The award is given annually to a faculty member of the Division of Infectious Diseases whose influence and reputation are outstanding, nationally and internationally, in education, service, and/or scholarship.

Previous winners

Jonas A. Shulman Teaching Award

Jack SchulmanDr. Jack Shulman was recruited to Emory by Dr. J. Willis Hurst, and he quickly developed a reputation as an excellent clinician and teacher. He became Division Director in 1971, and in 1975, he became an assistant dean in Emory's School of Medicine. In 1991, Dr. Shulman became the associate dean of students in the School of Medicine. His works as dean led to Dr. Shulman being award the Thomas Jefferson Award and the Evangeline Papageorge Teaching Award. His dedication to medical education and training have been the model that all members of our division strive to follow.

The Jonas A. Shulman Teaching Award is award by the fellows of Infectious Diseases to the member of the Division of Infectious Diseases faculty who exemplifies the ideals of Dr. Shulman and demonstrates consummate skills as a clinician educator.

Award Winners

Marshall Lyon Anandi Sheth
2011 - Marshall Lyon 2014 - Anandi Sheth

Clifford Gunthel
2015 - Cliff Gunthel

2016 - Rachel Friedman-Moraco

Zimmer Mentorship Award

Previous Award Winners

Monica Farley Aneesh Mehta
2011 - Monica Farley  2014 - Aneesh Mehta
Vince Marconi Russel Kempker
2015 - Vince Marconi 2016 - Russel Kempker