Dr. Clinton White, director of the infectious disease division in the department of internal medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch, has won a prestigious award for his work in promoting global health.
White was presented the Ben Kean Medal by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene which bestows the medal every three years to a clinician or educator for clinical and educational excellence in tropical medicine.
“I’m very honored,” White said. “For me, this is an outgrowth of my father’s legacy and my desire to do something to give back, a way to be involved in helping poor countries.”
White’s nomination stated that he is a “shining example of how an outstanding clinician-investigator . . . has selflessly promoted the careers of his trainees over his own.”
Dr. David H. Walker, professor and chair of the department of pathology at UTMB said that it “was a special pleasure for me as president of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene to present this prestigious award to my deeply-valued colleague, Clinton White. He has raised the involvement of UTMB in education and research on tropical diseases to a level which makes me proud of both him and our institution.”
White joined the faculty of UTMB in 2007 and established the global health track for students. His students, his protégés, or as he calls them, his “children” and “grandchildren” are at institutions such as Harvard, Yale, UCLA, UCSF and Vanderbilt to name just a few. Others are working in South America and Africa.
White recently returned from Cusco, Peru where he helped one of his trainees establish a collaborative research center that was largely funded by private donations that White obtained.
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