Dr. John A. Shepherd
Receives Gluck Humanitarian Award
John A. Shepherd, PhD, an Associate Professor of Radiology at UCSF, has been awarded the Dr. Oscar S. Gluck ISCD Humanitarian Award from the International Society For Clinical Densitometry in March 2013.
The Gluck ISCD Humanitarian Award is presented to an ISCD member with a history of contributing to the alleviation of human suffering, protection of life, outstanding service to the community, or the promotion of health in underserved populations – with no expectation of compensation.
Dr. Shepherd contributes his time as a capacity building expert in developing nations to promote the use of Dual X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) in studies that are important and supported by the host nation. Examples include monitoring bone and body composition in infants exposed to HIV drugs via the mother’s milk, malnutrition in infants, childhood obesity, childhood malnutrition, and calcium and vitamin D deficiency in adults and children. He trains local personnel and helps them develop their site operating procedures, while providing statistical study designs, data analyses, and manuscript preparations. In the past several years, he has made visits to establish DXA sites in the following countries: Guatemala, Jamaica, Zimbabwe, India, Syria, Egypt (Cairo Children's hospital), Kuwait, China (Nanning), South Africa (Soweto) and Chile.
Dr. Shepherd is the director of the Breast and Bone Density Group at the Deparment of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to do research at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden at the end of this year.