At the 2018 meeting of the American Clinical and Climatological Association (ACCA) in Sarasota, Florida, Daniel Diekema, MD, MS Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, was inducted as one of its newest members. The ACCA has existed since 1884 and was first organized by physicians and scientists to combat tuberculosis. Since then, this 250-member-body’s interests have since expanded to include epidemiology, preventive, and environmental medicine, including the impact global climate change has on human health and the spread of disease.
Members are chosen, in the ACCA’s words, “on the basis of their leadership, their excellence in their chosen field, their demonstrated high level of integrity and professionalism, and their yearning to nurture a spirit of warmth, diversity, and friendship.” It is fitting based on these criteria that Dr. Diekema was selected to join this august and select group, which has long boasted members from the University of Iowa, including Drs. François Abboud, Dale Abel, Peter Densen, Barry London, Jack Stapleton, Gary Rosenthal, and Joseph Zabner.
At this year’s meeting, current members voted to approve the nomination of Chou-Long Huang, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension. Dr. Huang will be inducted at the 2019 ACCA meeting in Point Clear, Alabama.