Shelli Farhadian, MD, PhD, instructor (infectious diseases) was named the 2019 Iva Dostanic, MD, PhD, Physician-Scientist Trainee Award honoree.
The Iva Dostanic, MD, PhD, Physician-Scientist Trainee Award and Lecture was established by the Department of Medicine to recognize a physician-scientist trainee whose passion for the science of medicine, intelligence, creativity, work ethic, and accomplishments exemplify the best of medical research and the physician scientist.
“I am so grateful to be given this award and especially grateful to the Dostanic family,” said Farhadian. “It is a privilege to play a small part in honoring Iva’s memory.”
The award was created in memory of Iva Dostanic, an exceptionally talented physician-scientist trainee at Yale School of Medicine (YSM). She was accepted into the Physician – Scientist Pathway of the Yale Internal Medicine Residency, but delayed her residency after a diagnosis of ovarian cancer. While undergoing treatment, Dostanic became a research fellow in the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, & Sleep Medicine but unfortunately, her cancer returned. Less than a week after receiving the first Iva Dostanic, MD, PhD, Physician-Scientist Trainee Award, she passed away in December 2011.
In combination with the award, honorees present at the Department of Internal Medicine’s Medical Grand Rounds, at which Farhadian discussed “Neuroinflammation During Chronic HIV Infection” on Thursday, June 6.