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Peggy Lillis Foundation honors Dr. Sherwood Gorbach for career combating C. diff infection
Date:10/17/2011

as Optimer's Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer since November 2005 and was recently promoted to Senior Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer in February 2011. In addition to serving on the faculties of Johns Hopkins, University of Illinois and UCLA, Dr. Gorbach has been at Tufts University School of Medicine since 1975 as, among other things, Professor of Medicine, Public Health and Community Health and a Professor in the School of Nutrition and Social Policy. Dr. Gorbach was also Chief of Infectious Diseases at New England Medical Center from 1975 to 1987. In 1990, he served as the President of the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society, and in 1995, he was the President of the Society of Microbial Ecology and Disease.

Dr. Gorbach received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Recognition of Exemplary Dedication and Leadership at the 3rd Congress on Anaerobic Bacteria and Infections held in Glasgow, Scotland in 2003. He was presented the Alexander Fleming Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2007 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In 2008, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Anaerobe Society of the Americas, and in 2009, he received the Tufts University Alumni Association distinguished Service Award. He has served as editor of Clinical Infectious Diseases for the past ten years. Dr. Gorbach received his M.D. at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.


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