Rutala receives 2013 Hygieia Medal

William A. Rutala, PhD, professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases, was awarded the 2013 Hygieia Medal for his lifetime of work on health care-acquired infections.

Rutala receives 2013 Hygieia Medal click to enlarge William Rutala at a conference on infection prevention in 2011.

Jan. 8, 2014 -- William A. Rutala was awarded the 2013 Hygieia Medal for his lifetime of work on health care-acquired infections.

The medal was given by the Rudolf Schülke Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to the prevention and control of communicable diseases and awards the Hygieia Medal every two years to honor those people who have devoted their lives’ work to hygiene and microbiology.

Rutala is professor of medicine in the division of infectious diseases. He is also director of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE) and the Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health, and Safety Program.

Rutala’s research is focused on health care-acquired infections, particularly the disinfection and sterilization of medical instruments and devices. He also has interest and expertise in the role of the hospital environment in the spread of disease, hand hygiene, and emerging pathogens in health care environments.

Rutala was presented the medal in November in Hamburg, Germany.