David K. Henderson, MD

Dr. David Henderson is deputy director for clinical care and associate director for quality assurance and hospital epidemiology at the NIH Clinical Center. He first came to NIH in 1979 as the hospital epidemiologist, a position he still holds.

His research focuses on the risks of occupational infection with blood-borne infectious diseases and the threat of emerging infections to public health.

After earning his medical degree from the University of Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Dr. Henderson completed an internship and residency in internal medicine and a two-year fellowship in infectious diseases at Harbor-UCLA (University of California at Los Angeles) Medical Center. Subsequently, he was assistant professor of medicine at UCLA School of Medicine.

Dr. Henderson has received five NIH Director’s Awards. He has also merited a Public Health Service Special Recognition Award, a CC Director’s Award, two Director’s Merit Awards for Significant Achievement from the National Institute of Mental Health and two Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Distinguished Service Awards, received from former HHS secretaries, Tommy Thompson and Michael Leavitt. In 2010, to honor his career contributions to healthcare epidemiology, he was selected by the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology in America (SHEA) as the SHEA Lecturer, for the 5th International Decennial Conference on Nosocomial Infections. In 2005 he was named NIH Liaison to the DHHS Secretary’s Healthcare Infection Control Policy Advisory Committee (HICPAC).

An invited speaker internationally, Dr. Henderson also is a frequent invited consultant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed journal articles as well as dozens of book chapters. His membership in medical organizations focuses on those with involvement in infectious diseases and epidemiology. He is a member of the Rapid Communications Task Force of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and was selected as the initial Chair of the SHEA Research Committee. In 2009 he was named to the DHHS Secretary’s Steering Committee for the Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections.