Khakoo Honored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Rashida A. Khakoo, M.D., professor and chief of infectious diseases at West Virginia University’s School of Medicine was recently honored with the Living the Dream Sharing of Self Award from The Martin Luther King, Jr., West Virginia Holiday Commission, West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

“I have always been inspired by the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King and I feel truly honored to receive this award,” said Dr. Khakoo

Khakoo joined the section of infectious diseases at WVU in 1976, and serves as associate chairman for the Department of Medicine and the assistant vice president for faculty development at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. Her areas of expertise include: hepatitis, influenza, tropical diseases, and HIV and AIDS.

Five nominees are chosen annually by the Martin Luther King, Jr. West Virginia Holiday Commission for displaying excellence in the following categories: advocate of peace, sharing of self (amongst the public or private sector), human and civil rights, scholarship (substantial contributions to education), and the Governor’s Living the Dream Award, which is given to a person who demonstrates all of the previous characteristics combined. Recipients of the Living the Dream awards were honored at a luncheon Saturday, Jan., 13, in the Great Hall of the West Virginia Cultural Center.

Khakoo also received the WVU Women in Science and Health Excellence Award in November 2006. The award recognizes the career achievements of women in the Health Sciences Center who demonstrate excellence in leadership, mentorship, and education or research.

“I feel grateful for having opportunities to serve with wonderful colleagues here, throughout the state, nationally and globally,” Khakoo said.

For more information about the state’s Martin Luther King Day holiday activities, call (304) 558-0162 or browse the Commission’s web site at www.wvmlkholidaycommission.org

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For more information:
Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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