WASHINGTON, DC--APRIL 23, 2004--John C. Sherris, M.D., Professor Emeritus, Department of Microbiology, University of Washington Medical School, Seattle, is the 2004 laureate of the ABMM/ABMLI Professional Recognition Award, presented by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). Supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Aventis Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the award recognizes a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM) or the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology (ABMLI) for outstanding contributions to the professional recognition of clinical microbiologists and/or immunologists.
Throughout a distinguished career, Sherris has been a tireless advocate for the profession of clinical microbiology. He was a driving force behind the development of standardized susceptibility testing, culminating in the standardized disk diffusion test, now known as the Kirby-Bauer or Bauer-Kirby test. His achievements are recognized internationally, through his years of service with the World Health Organization's Expert Advisory Panel on Biological Standardization and the International Collaborative Study on Antibiotic Sensitivity Testing. He also holds an honorary medical degree from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.
Another hallmark of Sherris's contributions to the profession is his leadership as an educator. As the first director of the University of Washington Hospital's clinical microbiology laboratories, Sherris, with colleagues at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, quickly moved to establish the first postdoctoral training programs in medical and public health laboratory microbiology in this country. These programs, recognized by the American College of Microbiology's Committee on Postgraduate Educational Programs, prepare clinical microbiologists and immunologists for work in laboratories, research, and industry. He has also been deeply involved in medical school teaching and curriculum devePage: 1 2 Related biology news :1
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