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Fred Gordin, Pioneer HIV Doctor Passes
  Dear Colleagues,
We are saddened to share the news that our colleague and friend, Fred Gordin, MD, passed away on Sunday after a four-year battle with lung cancer. Fred served as the PI of the Washington International Coordinating Center Clinical Trials Unit with sites in the ACTG and HPTN and as Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington DC. Fred played a key role in the INSIGHT network and in several studies on tuberculosis treatment. He was honored in 2012 by the Centers for Disease control with the Charles C. Shepard Science Award for achievement in the advancement of prevention and control of tuberculosis for his work on latent TB treatment. Our thoughts are with his family at this time.
Judy and Joe
Judith S. Currier, M.D., M.Sc.
ACTG Network Principal Investigator and
ACTG Executive Committee Chair
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
Professor of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Joseph J. Eron Jr., M.D.
ACTG Network Vice Chair and
Scientific Agenda Steering Committee Chair
Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases,
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
It is with great sorrow that we are letting you know that VA has lost a champion in the battle against HIV and other infectious diseases. Dr. Fred Gordin, formerly chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at the Washington, DC VA Medical Center, died at home this past Sunday after a brave battle against a long illness. He was 66. Fred Gordin, MD, passed away on Sunday after a four-year battle with lung cancer.
Dr. Gordin received his MD from Weill-Cornell School of Medicine and did his internal medicine residency at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He received his infectious diseases training at the University of California, San Francisco under Merle Sande, just as the HIV pandemic was erupting.
Over the next three decades, Dr. Gordin became a leader in the fight against AIDS. Early on in his tenure at the DC VAMC, he established a Community Program in C was a key investigator in the first VA Cooperative Studies trial of AIDS treatment, showing that zidovudine monotherapy does not prolong survival in HIV patients, as well as in the SMART and START trials, which showed that early initiation of highly active antiretroviral therapy decreases mortality.
Dr. Gordin was also a pioneer in caring for patients with tuberculosis and other mycobacterial infections, particularly those with HIV infection. Among other accomplishments, he was instrumental in establishing the CDC sponsored Tuberculosis Trials Consortium, an international clinical trials group devoted to improving TB treatment. He was a key collaborator in a TBTC trial that demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of short-course isoniazid/rifapentene for treatment of latent TB infection. He was also an internationally recognized authority on nontuberculosis mycobacteria and served on the ATS/IDSA panel that constructed guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of NTM infections.
This is only a sampling of Dr. Gordin's many scientific contributions, which also included advances in fields such as infection control and the natural history of community-acquired MRSA infections. He was Professor of Medicine at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and was an author or a co-author on over 140 scientific papers. Despite his serious illness, Dr. Gordin co-authored 3 papers published this year alone.
Dr. Gordin was more than just an academic physician. He was an astute, committed clinician and passionate champion for people living with HIV. He was also extremely devoted to VA as a venue for clinical care, teaching, and research.
Dr. Gordin leaves a remarkable legacy. His clinical and scientific contributions to the VA and Veterans will live on despite his passing. Please join me in offering heartfelt condolences to his beloved wife, Ann Willoughby; his son Jonathan, a cardiologist in Los Angeles; and his daughter Dana, a graduate student in Michigan.
David Ross, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.I.
Director, HIV, Hepatitis, and Related Conditions (HHRC) Programs (10P11I) Office of Specialty Care Services
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences
Staff Physician, Infectious Diseases Section
Washington, DC Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Veterans Health Administration
1717 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

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