Ayesha Mirza, MD, has been recognized for her years of dedication to the study and advancement of child health, especially as it relates to HIV and AIDS.
Mirza, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine – Jacksonville, is among the newest members of the American Pediatric Society. The APS advances child health by promoting research, recognizing achievement, and fostering overall excellence in pediatrics through scholarship, education and other means.
The APS notified Mirza of her election this month.
“Congratulations to Dr. Mirza. It needs to be noted she was elected to the APS on her first attempt. Many individuals have had to apply more than once,” said Mobeen Rathore, MD, professor of pediatrics at UFCOMJ, who has mentored Mirza and nominated her for APS membership.
Mirza is medical director of the UF Center for HIV/AIDS Research, Education and Service (UF CARES) and associate director of the pediatric residency program at UFCOMJ. UF CARES provides comprehensive care and support for infants, children and adults in North Florida infected with or exposed to HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Mirza’s research and scholarly activity in pediatrics has largely focused on HIV/AIDS, as she’s served as an investigator on multiple studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. That work has spawned more than 20 oral and poster presentations, 18 publications, 28 extension publications and seven textbook chapters. These totals include writings that were authored by trainees under her mentorship.
Mirza has lectured locally, across the country and even internationally. She most recently served as a faculty member of a successful HIV/AIDS course that’s the only one of its kind in the nation dedicated to educating providers on pediatric HIV/AIDS.
Her research and scholarly activities have also focused on other clinical topics such as immunizations and infectious diseases. Mirza has served as a reviewer for several scholarly journals and has evaluated funding proposals for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Mirza is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. She also holds a certificate of knowledge in tropical medicine and traveler’s health. Among her many professional affiliations, Mirza is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society.
She now joins six other UFCOMJ faculty as an APS member. They are Randell Alexander, MD, PhD; Thomas Chiu, MD; Jeffrey Goldhagen, MD; Mark Hudak, MD; Rathore; and Joseph Tepas III, MD.
“Dr. Mirza's election occurred only after an arduous process of nomination and peer review, and represents one of the highest honors in our specialty,” said Hudak, UF professor and chair of pediatrics.
“There are only 50 new members selected from across the entire nation this year – all of whom have an enviable record of contribution,” Hudak said. “Dr. Mirza is in illustrious company.”
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