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AKRON, Ohio – Dr. Thomas File, chair of the Infectious Diseases Division at Summa Health, has been selected as recipient of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases’ (NFID) 2017 “John P. Utz Leadership Award.” The honor will be presented to Dr. File at the Foundation’s annual awards dinner May 18 in Bethesda, MD.
According to the NFID, Dr. File is receiving the award “in recognition of his outstanding leadership efforts, including serving as NFID president from 2012-14, during which time he successfully strengthened the organization and expanded its visibility and effectiveness.” The Foundation went on to say that Dr. File is a “national leader in infectious diseases and exceptional teacher, clinician and clinical scientist.” The award is named in honor of the late Dr. John P. Utz, one of NFID’s founders.
Dr. File, who earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan, joined Summa Health in 1979 as chief of the Infectious Disease Service for Akron City Hospital. During his 40-year career, Dr. has received numerous other awards and honors, including the “Outstanding Faculty Research Award” from the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), the “Watanakunakorn Clinician Award” from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the “Dr. Fass Award” from The Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. File completed his internship and residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus and earned a fellowship in infectious diseases from OSU’s College of Medicine.
A resident of Bath Township, Dr. File is also a professor of Internal Medicine and Master Teacher and Chair of the Infectious Disease Section at NEOMED. He and his wife, Dr. Mary Elizabeth File, a Summa Health ophthalmologist, have two adult children.