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Institute of Human Virology's Shyam Kottilil to Receive National Award from American College of Physicians

December 11, 2018 | Nora Samaranayake

Shyam Kottilil, MBBS, PhD, FACP

Dr. Kottilil is Recognized for His Research in Viral Infections

The American College of Physicians announced that Shyam Kottilil, MBBS, PhD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Division of Clinical Care and Research at the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) of the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, was awarded the American College of Physicians (ACP) Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Award #1 from the Rosenthal Family Foundation.

The award will be presented at ACP’s Convocation Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

“Dr. Kottilil has been a leader in identifying effective anti HCV drugs, and in demonstrating how they should be used in patients with different stages of liver diseases, said Robert Gallo, MD, The Homer & Martha Gudelsky Distinguished Professor in Medicine and Co-Founder and Director, Institute of Human Virology, University of Maryland School of Medicine. “He has led to the advancement of the field by expanding treatment of hepatitis C in much needed marginalized patient populations that others were reluctant to focus on. Dr. Kottilil’s effort in escalating care in resource-limited settings aimed at global elimination of HCV is commendable, and he is a terrific candidate to receive this award.”

The award is given to “that physician-scientist, clinician, or scientific group whose recent innovative work is making a notable contribution to improve clinical care in the field of internal medicine.”

Dr. Kottilil is also the Scientific Director for the clinical arm of the District of Columbia Partnership for AIDS Progress, a collaboration with IHV, now in its eighth year as a collaboration between the U.S. National Institutes of Health(NIH) and the District of Columbia Department of Health.

“Dr. Kottilil is an innovative and accomplished physician-scientist that is so deserving of this prestigious award.  His ground-breaking clinical research has improved the lives of so many people both here in the United States and internationally.  We are delighted that Dr. Kottilil has received this well-earned recognition,” said Stephen Davis, MBBS, the Dr. Theodore E. Woodward Chair and Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Vice President of Clinical Translational Science, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Dr. Kottilil’s specific interests include pathogenesis of chronic viral infections and translational research to eradicating infections through immune modulation or directly acting antiviral agents. Dr. Kottilil has conducted investigator initiated studies that contributed to the licensing and the widespread adoption of directly acting agents for hepatitis C. He was the principal investigator for studies he designed that demonstrated the success of these drugs in inner-city populations that were highly affected. Dr. Kottilil also studied the optimal duration of therapy in different clinical settings, and he recently published a landmark study demonstrating that HCV treatment with the new agents could be effectively administered by non-specialists. Dr. Kottilil was a member of the initial IDSA/AASLD HCV Guideline Committee. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and he is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

“Dr. Kottilil’s research is critical in helping to eradicate viral infections such as hepatitis C. This award appropriately recognizes his path-breaking and important research that will change so many lives,” said E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine.

About the Institute of Human Virology

Formed in 1996 as a partnership between the State of Maryland, the City of Baltimore, the University System of Maryland and the University of Maryland Medical System, IHV is an institute of the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is home to some of the most globally-recognized and world-renowned experts in all of virology. The IHV combines the disciplines of basic research, epidemiology and clinical research in a concerted effort to speed the discovery of diagnostics and therapeutics for a wide variety of chronic and deadly viral and immune disorders - most notably, HIV the virus that causes AIDS. For more information, www.ihv.org and follow us on Twitter @IHVmaryland.

About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research. With an operating budget of more than $1 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically-based care for more than 1.2 million patients each year. The School has over 2,500 students, residents, and fellows, and more than $530 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total workforce of nearly 7,000 individuals. The combined School and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact more than $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th highest among public medical schools in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit medschool.umaryland.edu/

About the American College of Physicians

The American College of Physicians is the largest medical specialty organization in the United States with members in more than 145 countries worldwide. ACP membership includes 154,000 internal medicine physicians (internists), related subspecialists, and medical students. Internal medicine physicians are specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness. Follow ACP on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Contact

Department of Anesthesiology
(410) 328-6120 (phone)
(410) 328-5531 (fax)
newsletter@som.umaryland.edu

Institute of Human Virology
Nora Samaranayake
Director of Marketing and Public Relations
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nsamaranayake@ihv.umaryland.edu

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