Fitzpatrick Honored for Excellence in HIV/AIDS Prevention, Treatment

Fitzpatrick is director of the AIDS Education Training Center at Howard University and an associate professor and attending physician in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital.

WASHINGTON – Dr. Lisa Fitzpatrick of Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital is this year’s recipient of the District of Columbia Hospital Association’s Grass Roots Award.

Fitzpatrick, an infectious disease specialist and medical epidemiologist, is being honored for her untiring work to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS and her volunteer efforts to educate the area’s medically underserved residents on how to better protect their health.

“I’m honored to be recognized for my activities in the community,” Fitzpatrick said.  “Serving the people who get overlooked or who aren’t able to get quality health care is the reason I am in public health.”

Fitzpatrick will receive her award Wednesday, Oct. 19, at the hospital association’s 33rd annual banquet at the Washington Hilton.

Fitzpatrick is director of the AIDS Education Training Center at Howard University and an associate professor and attending physician in the Department of Medicine at Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital.

She is also director of the Care Center, a collaborative project between Howard’s Department of Medicine and United Medical Center in Southeast Washington that provides the infectious disease treatment component for the medical center. 

When not serving patients, Fitzpatrick volunteers at health fairs, town hall meetings, church events and other public events where she talks about a variety of health issues, including HIV/AIDS, heart disease, wellness, nutrition, obesity and preventable chronic health conditions.

Before coming to Washington in 2008, Fitzpatrick worked for 10 years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where she led research studies and field investigations in infectious disease.

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