Title: Professor of Medicine
Company: University of California, San Diego
Location: San Diego, California, United States
Robert Schooley, Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in field of medical education.
Compelled to help others and share his knowledge of virology with the world, Dr. Schooley has worked as a professor of medicine for the University of California, San Diego since 2005. Prior to this position, he has been a professor of medicine from 1990 to 2005 as well as head of the Division of Infectious Diseases from 1990 to 2004, both for the University of Colorado. Dr. Schooley served as the associate professor of medicine and an instructor for Harvard Medical School from 1979 to 1990. Furthermore, he has been associated with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. Dr. Schooley held the positions of medical officer, chief clinical associate and clinical associate, all for the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease.
In preparation for his noteworthy career, Dr. Schooley earned a Bachelor of Science from Washington and Lee University in 1970. He obtained a Doctor of Medicine from Johns Hopkins University in 1974, completed an internship for The Johns Hopkins Hospital from 1974 to 1975 as well as a residency from 1975 to 1976. Dr. Schooley is an expert in virology and has a diploma from the American Board of International Medicine. Knowing he wanted to be a physician since he was nine years old, he grew interested in studying infectious diseases while in medical school. He saw this to be a good opportunity to care for sick patients, administer drugs that would have an immediate and profound effect on patients’ recoveries and have an impact both domestically and internationally. His pediatrician, Bill Chrittenden, had been someone whom Dr. Schooley greatly admired, inspiring his interest in medicine. He spends his time with organizations related to his career, holding membership with groups including, but not limited to, the scientific advisory board of Monogram Bioscience, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.
Understanding that infectious diseases are the main killer of people in resource-limited settings, Dr. Schooley desired to help combat this unfortunate reality. He has established clinical research units focused on understanding how to treat HIV infection in regions of South America, Africa and Asia. He then followed this accomplishment by establishing collaborations on medical education with a number of sub-Saharan African medical schools. Dr. Schooley considers these accomplishments to be the highlight of his career. In the next five years, he would like to help establish bacteriophage therapeutics as an approach that is widely used and available in mainstream medicine. Dr. Schooley has contributed to numerous creative works, serving as the editor-in-chief of Clinical Infectious Diseases since 2002 and a member of the editorial board for the “Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes” since 1988. He is a member of editorial boards for Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Biotherapy and Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory of Immunology and contributes to professional journals as well as lectures in the field.
Recognized for his success, Dr. Schooley has been the recipient of multiple accolades, including an award from the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 2009 and the Bonfils-Stanton Award for Science and Medicine in 1997. He has been a Clinical and Research Fellow of the Infectious Disease Unit for the Massachusetts General Hospital from 1979 to 1981 and a research fellow in medicine for Harvard Medical School from 1979 to 1981. Dr. Schooley attributes his success to his mentors. He is especially grateful for Michael Field, a gastroneurologist who encouraged Dr. Schooley to involve himself in the field of medicine and the pursuit of helping others. Additionally, he appreciates Keith Shillington, a chemistry professor who taught him about science and how to rigorous as a scholar as well as introduced him to new art and music. Dr. Schooley has been recognized in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the West and Who’s Who in the World.
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