Leigh B. Grossman, January 2008

Leigh B. Grossman, MD
School Of Medicine Keynote Speaker – January 10, 2008

Leigh B. Grossman, MD graduated from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1975 before completing her internship and residency in pediatrics, a three-year infectious disease fellowship and a two-year intensive care fellowship at the University of Virginia. In 1981, she joined the Pediatric faculty there and has been a Full Professor of Pediatrics since 1993 and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease since 1999. For the past four years, Dr. Grossman has also served as Vice Provost for International Affairs.

Her clinical work at the University of Virginia is devoted to the care of hospitalized children and her research is aimed at preventing hospital acquired infections in critically ill newborns and children. She developed the first Home Visit Program that has become an integral part of the Pediatric residency experience. In her 26 years at the University of Virginia, Dr. Grossman has served as a consultant and lecturer for the Pan American Health Organization in Washington, DC and Chile, for Project Hope and for the King Faisal Hospital in Saudi Arabia. Her international experience includes growing up in India, service with the Peace Corps, nine years of medical service work in Haiti, and 26 years directing the pediatric resident International Medicine Elective with sites in India, Thailand, Kenya, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Peru, Ecuador and Guatemala.

Dr. Grossman is a member of the Society for Pediatric Research, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She sits on the Infectious Disease sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics and is a liaison member of the Red Book Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has edited and authored four books: Infection Control for the Pediatric Patient, Infection Control in the Preschool and Day Care Center, Infection Control for the Healthcare Worker in Spanish and Japanese, and How to Medical Student’s Guide to Successful Residency Matching.

Her many honors for her distinguished career include the McLemore Birdsong Award, the Virginia State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award and the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award.