Issam I. Raad, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA

SHEA was pleased to present the 2015 SHEA Mentor Scholar Award to Issam I. Raad, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, at IDWeek 2015 in recognition of his distinguished record in mentoring fellows and junior faculty over the last two decades, most of whom have assumed leadership positions as heads of infection control and prevention programs. As the Gerald P. Bodey Sr. Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control, and Employee Health at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Dr. Raad is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of healthcare-related infections and infections in cancer.

Following his appointment as department chair in 2005, Dr. Raad worked diligently to expand the program, including expanding the fellowship program to include Baylor College of Medicine in 2008. During his time as chair, he has made significant improvements that have made the department’s combined fellowship program one of the best infectious diseases fellowship programs in immunocompromised cancer patients worldwide, with a special emphasis on infection prevention. Dr. Raad has received numerous awards and honors for his creative research and compassionate care. These include the Society of Critical Care Medicine Sepsis Award (2009), presented to Dr. Raad and his team for reducing the risk of catheter-related septicemia in critically ill patients through the development of novel antimicrobial catheters; the Ben Qurrah Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievements in Medicine (2008) from the Houston chapter of the Arab American Medical Association, with a commendation from U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; and the American Lebanese
Medical Association Outstanding Physician Scientist Award (2007).

Dr. Raad has received the MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Otis W. and Pearl L. Walters Faculty Achievement Award in Clinical Research (2006) and the Order of Cedars Medal, Lebanon’s highest award for outstanding scientific achievement (2005). In 2004, he received the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association’s Outstanding Inventor Award for developing technologies to prevent vascular catheter-related infections and advancing medical care around the world. A 1998 recipient of the SHEA Young Investigator Award, he has also served on the editorial board of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology for
18 years.

Dr. Raad is the author of over 370 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, including several environmental, non-medical microbiology papers, and more than 30 book chapters, Dr. Raad also served as an advisory reviewer of the 1995 congressional report on antibiotic-resistant bacteria and as president of the Worldwide Institute of Medical Education. He has co-authored several editions of IDSA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on intravascular device-related infections as well as neutropenia and fever. Dr. Raad is an outstanding teacher who takes great delight in mentoring students, medical residents, and fellows, especially in infection prevention. He has been highly involved in didactic course work as well as a large series of lectures and conferences given to medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.