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Merle A. Sande Lecture

This lectureship was established to honor Merle A. Sande former chief of medicine at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and vice-chair of the Department of Medicine at UCSF.

During his 15-year tenure at SFGH, Sande created a humane and cost-effective treatment program, including the first in-patient unit in the world dedicated to the care of patients with AIDS. Early during the AIDS epidemic, he and his colleagues established and articulated the principles of infection control, now known as “universal precautions.”

Research findings generated at SFGH provided the base and structure for many of the clinical trials that have shaped the therapy for this disease. Sande co-edited the first textbook on AIDS treatment. He was also instrumental in bringing together the State of California, the City and County of San Francisco, UCSF, SFGH, and (at the time) The J. David Gladstone Foundation to build and fund the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology.

Sande served as president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America. While in San Francisco, he began an association with Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, carrying out a study on AIDS in Uganda sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 1996, he became chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of Utah. In 2001, Sande co-founded and co-directed the Academic Alliance for AIDS Care and Prevention in Africa, a public-private partnership of faculty from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and faculty from several medical institutions in North America.

These efforts led to the creation of the Infectious Diseases Institute, with funding from Pfizer Inc. This state-of-the-art center for HIV care, prevention, research, and training has become a regional center of excellence in east Africa. In 2005, Sande returned to his native Washington state as professor of medicine at the University of Washington. In November 2007, he died after a valiant 2-year struggle against multiple myeloma/plasma cell leukemia.

The Merle A. Sande Lecture highlights outstanding work in the field of AIDS and HIV infection. The lecture was established by Sande’s friends and colleagues in medicine, research, academia, and industry on the occasion of his departure from San Francisco.

With Sande’s passing, the event was renamed the Merle A. Sande Memorial Lecture.

Previous Merle Sande lecturers
Robert Gallo, MD
David Ho, MD
Rafi Ahmed, PhD
Keith McAdam, MD
Thomas Quinn, MD
Anthony Fauci, MD
Beatrice Hahn, MD
Robert Grant, MD, MPH
Robert Siliciano, MD, PhD
Bruce D. Walker, MD
Alex Coutinho, MD, MPH, MS
Louis J. Picker, MD