David Henderson, MD, FSHEA, FIDSA, FACP is the incoming President of SHEA.  He worked as Deputy Director for Clinical Care at the NIH Clinical Center for the past 25 years until he retired January 3, 2020. He came to NIH in 1979 as the Clinical Center’s first hospital epidemiologist, a role he held for 35 years.

Dr Henderson earned his undergraduate degree from Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana and his medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Henderson completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Henderson’s primary research interests are in the occupational risks for, and prevention of, transmission of bloodborne pathogens in the healthcare setting, as well as in the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated transmission of multidrug resistant organisms. In 2015, Dr. Henderson provided executive leadership for a team that provided care for patients who were infected with, or had been exposed to, Ebola Virus Disease.  He was awarded the SHEA Lectureship for the 2010 Decennial Conference on Nosocomial Infections.  Dr. Henderson, with three colleagues, was selected in 2013 as the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America – ‘Federal Employee of the Year’ – by the Partnership for Public Service. In 2018 he received an Alumni Achievement Award from Hanover College and in 2019 he received the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from the University of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine.  In 2019 he received the Alvan Feinstein Award from the American College of Physicians for his career contributions to clinical epidemiology.