Long-time SFMS member Marcus A. Conant, MD will be honored with the 16th annual Public Health Heroes Award from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health along with former president of Ireland Mary Robinson.
Dr. Conant is an honored and respected pioneer, lecturer, physician, and outspoken advocate for people with HIV and AIDS. Among the first physicians to identify AIDS in 1981, he helped create one of the largest private AIDS clinics, was a founder of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, and his work contributed to development of some of today’s top HIV medications.
In 1989 he created The Conant Foundation, a nonprofit education foundation that provides patients, their caregivers, and the community with educational tools and information regarding diagnosis, treatment, and management of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Conant and the foundation have contributed to more than two dozen clinical trials involving many of today’s leading HIV medications. He continues his strong, passionate and uncompromising demands to give hope to all people with AIDS through state-of-the-art treatment and the assurance they can live with dignity and respect.
Dr. Conant is a SFMS member since 1971, and has been a contributing author to San Francisco Medicine.
The Public Health Hero award was founded in 1996 to recognize innovative leaders who have made meaningful contributions to the protection and promotion of health. Previous award recipients have included actor Rob Reiner, co-founder of the I Am Your Child Foundation; Roe v. Wade attorney Sarah Weddington; and Dr. Paul Farmer, founding director of Partners in Health.
For information about this year’s Public Health Heroes Awards ceremony at Hotel Nikko on March 21, please visit http://www.publichealthheroes.org.