William J. Steinbach, MD, professor in the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and director of the Duke Pediatric Immunocompromised Host Program, was one of nine faculty in the School of Medicine to be awarded a distinguished professorship.
Distinguished professorships recognize both exceptional achievement and the potential for future achievement. They are awarded to our most distinguished faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in advancing science and improving human health. Dr. Steinbach was awarded the Samuel L. Katz Professorship in Pediatrics.
Dr. Steinbach is a basic, translational, and clinical researcher recognized for improving the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of immunocompromised patients with invasive fungal infections. His laboratory research has altered the paradigm of molecular signaling surrounding fungal pathogenesis through phosphoproteomic studies controlling virulence. He also founded and co-chairs the biennial Advances Against Aspergillosis international meeting. His epidemiologic studies are the basis for the current clinical understanding of pediatric invasive fungal infections. He founded and directs the International Pediatric Fungal Network, a 55-site, NIH-funded multi-national consortium coordinating both diagnostic and therapeutic studies that serve as the foundation for new international guidelines. He has co-edited four infectious diseases textbooks.