Oct. 10 2022

Wafaa El-Sadr Wins American Public Health Association 2022 Award for Excellence

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, founder and global director of ICAP at Columbia Mailman School, will receive the American Public Health Association (APHA) Sedgwick Memorial Medal for Distinguished Service in Public Health for her groundbreaking work in global HIV research, treatment, and care. The award recognizes El-Sadr's partnership with global health leaders, innovators, and researchers to increase access to care and prevent the occurrence of diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and HIV.

An international expert in infectious diseases and public health, El-Sadr is also the director of Columbia World Projects; director of the Mailman School's Global Health Initiative, which mobilizes the university community to address critical challenges in global health; and co-lead of the Pandemic Response Institute with Ayman El-Mohandes, Dean of CUNY School of Public Health. For over four decades, El-Sadr has advocated for families and communities most impacted by health challenges and championed a collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to confronting the global epidemic. 

In 2013, El-Sadr was appointed University Professor, Columbia's highest academic title. She also holds the Dr. Mathilde Krim-amfAR Chair in Global Health. She is a MacArthur fellow, as well as a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the Council for Foreign Relations, and the African Academy of Sciences.

El-Sadr will receive the award on Tuesday, November 8 during APHA’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo in Boston.

Read the full announcement from APHA.