PIDS Recognizes Dr. John S. Bradley with 2020 Distinguished Physician Award

John S. Bradley, MD, a dedicated pediatric infectious diseases physician, scientist, and educator for nearly 40 years, is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). The annual award recognizes a pediatrician who has an extensive and distinguished career in pediatric infectious diseases marked by significant accomplishments and contributions in infectious diseases, including those as a clinician, educator and/or investigator. The honor was presented during the recent virtual PIDS Business Meeting held in conjunction with IDWeek, the premier scientific meeting for infectious diseases professionals.

A Distinguished Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine, Dr. Bradley is also the medical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. He has improved the treatment of children nationally and globally by advancing the testing and approval of anti-infective agents for children, designing and leading numerous studies of these drugs, and developing guidelines for their use through his service on committees, working groups, and task forces. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy, a widely used resource on the use of anti-infectives in children. His work has shaped how practicing clinicians and pediatricians treat pneumonia, intra-abdominal infections, and many other conditions.

“PIDS is delighted to recognize Dr. Bradley with this prestigious award for his extensive contributions to the field of pediatric infectious diseases throughout his career, which have improved the treatment of infections in children around the world,” said PIDS President Kristina Bryant, MD, FPIDS.

Devoted to patients and clinical service, Dr. Bradley is also an enthusiastic mentor to students, residents, fellows, and faculty, and has received several teaching awards throughout his career. He has authored more than 260 peer-reviewed publications and 31 book chapters, and he is editor-in-chief of Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy, a widely used resource on the use of anti-infectives in children. Dr. Bradley earned his medical degree from the University of California-Davis, followed by a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at Kaiser Foundation Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at Stanford University Medical Center.


The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) membership encompasses leaders across the global scientific and public health spectrum, including clinical care, advocacy, academics, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. From fellowship training to continuing medical education, research, regulatory issues and guideline development, PIDS members are the core professionals advocating for the improved health of children with infectious diseases both nationally and around the world, participating in critical public health and medical professional advisory committees that determine the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, immunization practices in children, and the education of pediatricians. For more information, visit

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