The John P. Utz Leadership Award honors individuals who exemplify and support NFID leadership goals, through service to NFID and/or the field of infectious diseases.

Grace M. Lee, MD, MPH, of Stanford Medicine Children’s Health and Stanford University School of Medicine, will receive the 2024 John P. Utz Leadership Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership as chair of the US Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Grace Lee served during the turbulent times of COVID-19, marked by meetings, which were frequent, numerous, and at times challenging,” said NFID President Patricia (Patsy) A. Stinchfield, RN, MS, CPNP in nominating Lee. “She has been center-stage on difficult vaccine decisions and led conversations with an inclusive, patient, yet decisive, tone. She was the perfect person for the times, and we are all indebted to her.” Lee oversees the Center for Pediatric and Maternal Value at Stanford Children’swhich seeks to improve quality, safety, patient experience, and health equity across the organization. She has served on Institute of Medicine committees that reviewed priorities in the National Vaccine Plan and evaluated ethical and scientific issues in studying the safety of approved drugs. She has also participated on the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee on vaccine research and development for pandemic and seasonal influenza and is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. Lee continues to manage and treat young patients with infectious diseases.