Physician Education: Bridging Clinical Research and Patient Care

Charles C. J. Carpenter, MD

The International Antiviral Society–USA (IAS–USA) has awarded the IAS–USA Lifetime of Leadership Award to Charles C. J. Carpenter, MD, Director of the Lifespan/Tufts/Brown Center for AIDS Research and Professor of Medicine at Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, for his outstanding impact on the fields of global health, HIV medicine, and research.


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Dr Carpenter was honored on November 8, 2012, at the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Directors Meeting in San Francisco, California. The IAS–USA Lifetime of Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have made extraordinary and lasting contributions to the field of HIV medicine through scientific and academic leadership, as well as physician education and training, to improve the treatment and care for people infected with HIV or other viral infections. The IAS–USA gratefully acknowledges the inestimable service and leadership of Dr Carpenter, who provided his clinical and research expertise as Chair of the Antiretroviral Treatment Panel of the IAS–USA from 1995 to 2000, where he authored recommendations on antiretroviral treatment, published annually in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). He is recognized as a pioneer in global-health efforts, a revered mentor to medical researchers and clinicians worldwide, and a model of uncompromising principles and extraordinary grace.

Dr Carpenter’s service and dedication are evident and far-reaching. As a member of the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine Faculty, he pioneered their Cholera Research Program at the Beliaghatta Infectious Disease Hospital in Calcutta, India, where he carried out landmark studies on the treatment of cholera in children and adults. He has served as Chairman of the American Board of Internal Medicine, Editor of the first seven editions of Cecil Essentials of Medicine, President of the Association of American Physicians, Chair of the Treatment Subcommittee of the Congressionally mandated National Academy of Science/Institute of Medicine Committee to evaluate the President’s Emergency Plan for HIV/AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and as a member of the NIH AIDS Executive Committee, the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council, and the USPHS AIDS Task Force. In 1998, Dr Carpenter was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure, Gold and Silver Star, by the Emperor of Japan for his outstanding contributions to the Japan-United States Cooperative Medical Science Program.  In 2007, he was awarded the Robert H. Williams, M.D. Distinguished Chair of Medicine Award by the Association of Professors of Medicine.  He was also the recipient of the Rosenberger Medal by Brown University in 2009.