November 2, 2012 –On October 19, Dr. Bill Rutala delivered the SHEA Lectureship at the ID Week meeting in San Diego, California. The title of the presentation was "Safer Healthcare Environments for Infection Prevention." Rutala is a professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and serves as director of the Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program for the UNC Health Care System. He is also director and co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the UNC School of Medicine and a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve.
Inaugurated this year, ID Week is the first-ever combined meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America , the HIV Medicine Association, and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. ID Week aims to be the annual scientific meeting for infectious diseases professionals, featuring the latest science and bench-to-bedside approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases, including HIV, across the lifespan.
The SHEA Lectureship award is given annually to recognize the career contributions of a senior investigator in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control.
Certified in infectious control, Rutala is an advisor to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Federal Trade Commission. He has more than 500 publications in the fields of infectious diseases, infection control, disinfection, sterilization and medical waste.
Rutala will deliver his SHEA lecture at the Friday Morning Infectious Diseases Conference on Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m. in 1131 Bioinformatics.