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Pitt Medicine Prof Awarded for Career Achievement in Research

PITTSBURGH, May 11, 2011 - Michael J. Fine, M.D., M.Sc., has received the 2011 John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research at the annual meeting of the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), the leading national organization of general internal medicine physicians working in U.S. academic medical centers. The award recognizes the career achievement of a senior SGIM member whose innovative research has changed the way generalists care for patients, conduct research or educate students.

Dr. Fine is the director of the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) and professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the past 24 years, he has conducted original research that has informed virtually all areas of the clinical management of community-acquired pneumonia, a common and costly illness. According to the VA, Dr. Fine’s work has transformed how generalists and pulmonary and infectious disease specialists manage pneumonia and has shaped national and international quality and efficiency standards for this illness.

As director of CHERP, Dr. Fine has advanced the field of health disparities research by developing a widely used conceptual framework for disparities research and making substantial contributions to the empiric medical literature in this field. His sustained body of research is notable for its focus, creativity, excellence and impact, according to the SGIM in its recognition of Dr. Fine

The award is named for the late John M. Eisenberg, M.D., M.B.A., because of his exemplary role as a researcher, mentor and advocate for research in general internal medicine.

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