Department of Medicine

Infectious Diseases

Division News

Caine first woman and first African American to receive Watanabe Life Sciences Champion Award

(L-R) Kara K Wools-Kaloustian, M.D. (Chief, IU Infectious Disease Division), Virginia A. Caine, M.D. (Honoree and Director of the Marion County Health Department), and David J. Johnson (President & CEO, BioCrossroads).

BioCrossroads Board of Directors named Marion County Public Health Department Director Virginia A. Caine, M.D., the 2017 recipient of the August M. Watanabe Life Sciences Champion of the year Award, at the Indiana Life Sciences Summit held on October 10, 2017. Dr. Caine is the first African American and the first woman to receive this prestigious award.

BioCrossroads presents the Watanabe Award, named in tribute to their late Chairman August Watanabe, annually to an individual or organization that has made or enabled unique achievements in the development of Indiana’s life sciences and healthcare research, clinical, educational or economic advancement.

Dr. Caine was given the honor for her vision and energy focused on making Marion County one of the healthiest communities in the country, with significant attention to underserved populations. She joins an impressive list of previous Watanabe Life Sciences Champion awardees.


Fife awarded Public Health Hero Award

Matthew Gutwein, President & CEO, Health & Hospital Corporation; Dr. Kenneth Fife; Dr. Virginia Caine, Director, Marion County Health Department; and Dr. Kara Wools-Kaloustian, Chief, IU Division of Infectious Disease.

Each year the Marion County Public Health Department awards the Public Health Hero award to an individual who has had an immense impact in the field of public health.

This year, the award was presented to Kenneth H. Fife, M.D., PhD, professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Indiana University School of Medicine. For over 30 years, Dr. Fife has been a valued partner with the public health community on dozens of project. He has chaired and acts as an advisory for several health issues that range from H1N1, Biowatch, Ebola, Zika and other infectious diseases.

The health department has greatly benefited from his technical expertise related to emerging infectious diseases.