Infectious Diseases Society of America Honors Mariana Castanaheira and Rodrigo Mendes

Mariana Castanheira and Rodrigo Mendes, both of JMI Laboratories of North Liberty, Iowa, have been named a Fellow by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society. Fellowship in IDSA is one of the highest honors in the field of infectious diseases. It recognizes distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world who have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession.

“Mariana Castanheira and Rodrigo Mendes were chosen to receive the FIDSA designation this year are committed to blazing trails in the field of infectious diseases, and IDSA is proud to honor them,” said Daniel P. McQuillen, MD, FIDSA, president of IDSA. “There has never been a more pivotal and important time for the field of infectious diseases. These ID physicians and scientists are on the front lines of research and clinical care and represent the passion and commitment needed to educate and protect us from dangerous illness. We all benefit as a result of their vital contributions and expertise within the field of medicine. I am proud to call them my colleagues and work alongside them.”

Applicants for IDSA Fellowship must be nominated by their peers and meet specified criteria that include continuing identification with the field of infectious diseases, national or regional recognition and publication of their scholarly work. Nominees are reviewed and elected by the IDSA Board of Directors. Fellows of IDSA work in many different settings, including clinical practice, teaching, research, public health and health care administration.

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is an organization of over 12,000 physicians, scientists, public health experts and other health care professionals dedicated to promoting health through excellence in infectious diseases research, education, prevention and patient care. The Society was founded in 1963 and is based in Arlington, VA. For more information, see

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