Posted by Christina Jedra March 28, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Massachusetts Medical Society:
Melrose resident Alfred DeMaria Jr., M.D., Medical Director for the Bureau of Infectious Disease of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has been honored by the Massachusetts Medical Society as the 2013 recipient of its Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service. The award, one of the most prestigious presented by the Society, honors a physician who has provided exceptional care and dedication to the medical needs of his or her patients and the general public. He will receive the honor May 10 at the Society’s annual meeting in Boston.
In nominating him for the award, his colleagues noted that “Dr. DeMaria has become the face of public health in Massachusetts, and it is his lifelong devotion to the cause of social justice through public health that has defined him. His knowledge about infectious diseases has benefitted not only the citizens of Massachusetts but also the nation through his involvement with the Centers for Disease Control where he served on multiple advisory committees. For his outstanding leadership, advocacy, and service to his patients, his profession, and his community, Dr. DeMaria has been selected to receive the Special Award for Excellence in Medical Service.”
A summa cum laude graduate of Boston University with a bachelor’s degree, Dr. DeMaria received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Following work at Boston City Hospital and in private practice, he joined the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 1989 as Director of the Bureau of Communicable Disease Control and became Medical Director of the Bureau of Infectious Disease in 2009. Since 1990 he has been State Epidemiologist. He is board certified in internal medicine with a sub-specialty in infectious disease.
Among his activities with many professional organizations, Dr. DeMaria has been a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society since 1989 and has served multiple terms on its Committee on Public Health and its Committee on Preparedness. He has also served on the board of the Massachusetts Public Health Association and is currently Secretary of the Public Health Museum in Massachusetts, a member of the executive board and infectious disease chair of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists, and President of the Northeast Branch of the American Society for Microbiology. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
He is a Lecturer in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a widely published author of medical and scientific journal articles on various aspects of infectious disease, epidemiology, and infection control.
The award from the medical society is the latest among many honors Dr. DeMaria has received for his work in public health over the years. Among them are the 1999 Kenneth Kaplan Infectious Diseases Clinician Award from the Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society, the 2001 Paul Revere Award from the Massachusetts Public Health Association, the 2005 Curtis M. Hilliard Award from the Massachusetts Health Officers Association, the 2007 Special Individual Achievement Award from the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction, and the 2011 Gail Douglas Award for Public Health Practice from the Boston University School of Public Health.