Jeffry Band, M.D., a former investigator for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and head of its special pathogens branch, is recognized for helping solve the mystery of the Legionnaire’s disease outbreak of 1978.
He currently serves as division head of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at Beaumont Hospital – Royal Oak, a position he’s held since 1983. In 1981, Band also earned a commendation medal for his groundbreaking work in identifying toxic shock syndrome in menstruating women.
"The process of problem-solving and becoming a medical detective was a natural to me," Band, a native Detroiter who earned his medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School, told Crain’s Detroit Business in 2013.
Band also serves as director of the prevention and control of health care-associated infections for Beaumont Health System and professor of medicine at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
He specializes in the clinical care of patients with infectious diseases and tropical medicine. His research interests include defining methods to reduce health care associated infections.
Dr. Band is an advisor to the Ministry of Health of Canada, serves on the Committee on Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers Health for the American Society of Travel Medicine and Hygiene and is a fellow and former board member of the American College of Physicians for Michigan. Dr. Band has served in leadership positions in the Infectious Diseases Society of America, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, International Society of Travel Medicine, American Society for Microbiology and the Michigan State Medical Society.