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Shah Receives Dr. David Glasser Memorial Award for TB Control in Maryland
On Wednesday, April 25, Dr. Maunank Shah, Johns Hopkins Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases, was honored with the Dr. David Glasser Memorial Tuberculosis Control Award. This award is presented by the Maryland State Department of Health in recognition of significant contributions to tuberculosis prevention and control in the state.
The award was established in 1996 to honor Dr. David Glasser, a champion of Directly Observed Therapy for TB control. Dr. Glasser served as Director of the Bureau of Disease Control at the Baltimore City Health Department at a time when the city had the highest TB rate per capita in the nation. His public health leadership and political prowess are credited with a steady 20-year decline in Baltimore's TB rate. When other cities' TB rates were increasing or remaining stable Baltimore's rates fell from 35.6 cases/100,000 residents to 9.2/100,000 during a 20-year period.1
The David Glasser Memorial Award is particularly fitting for Dr. Shah. He is Medical Director for the Baltimore City Tuberculosis Program and the developer of miDOT, a video-based application that allows TB therapy administration to be observed outside the walls of the TB clinic. Instead of burdensome daily visits to the clinic, patients use their smartphone camera to record themselves taking medication, and upload the video to a secure server. Clinic personnel then access the video to approve the treatment course or provide further instructions. miDOT is an application developed for the emocha Mobile Health platform.
Dr. Shah's work builds upon the achievements of Dr. Glasser, and has garnered him a spot among distinguished TB researchers who are previous recipients of the award, including George W. Comstock and Shah's mentor, Richard Chaisson.
Dr. David Glasser Webpage. Center for Tuberculosis Control and Prevention, Maryland Department of Health. https://phpa.health.maryland.gov/OIDPCS/CTBCP/Pages/Dr-David-Glasser.aspx Accessed 2018-04-27.