CII Director Receives Rush Medical College Distinguished Alumni Award

Throughout his career, Dr. Lipkin has made his mark on the medical community around the world. He is the director of the Center for Infection and Immunity and the John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. 

Dr. Lipkin is internationally recognized for the development of molecular methods for microbial surveillance and discovery. His contributions include the first use of purely molecular methods to identify an infectious agent; the implication of the West Nile virus as the cause of the encephalitis in North America in 1999; service as an intermediary between the World Health Organization and the Chinese government and co-direction of SARS research efforts in China with former Minister of Health Chen Zhu during the 2003 SARS outbreak; and taking on the role of chief scientific adviser on the Steven Soderbergh film Contagion. Dr. Lipkin currently serves on the National Institutes of Health Advisory Committee to the Director.

Rush Medical college will celebrate Dr. Lipkin’s accomplishments, as well as the achievements of all Rush Medical College alumni, at their Reunion on Oct. 4 - 5, 2013.