Khakoo Honored by Governor Manchin

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – When Rashida Khakoo, M.D. received an envelope in the mail from the State of West Virginia, she assumed it was a follow-up letter from the West Virginia Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Commission. Khakoo received a “Living the Dream” award from the Commission in January.

Instead, the letter was from Governor Joe Manchin III naming her a recipient of the Governor’s 2007 Civil Rights Day Award. The West Virginia Human Rights Commission held a luncheon for all recipients of the award today in Charleston, W.Va.

“Today is a perfect example of how community leaders and activists can help build better towns and cities,” Manchin said at today’s ceremony. “West Virginians are truly blessed with so many citizens who strive everyday to make the Mountain State a better place to work, live and raise a family.”

Dr. Khakoo has demonstrated ongoing commitment to medical education and health care for decades. In 1964, she began her medical career in Uganda at Makerere University Medical School, which was the only medical school in the country. There, she treated many patients with tropical diseases and tuberculosis.

Khakoo joined the section of infectious diseases at West Virginia University in 1976, and currently serves as associate chairman for the WVU Department of Medicine and the assistant vice president for faculty development at the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center.

Her special interests include antimicrobial therapy, hepatitis, parasitic diseases, influenza, and hospital epidemiology. “We can prevent many [infectious diseases] but not all,” said Khakoo, “We have to try to prevent as many as we can and it’s exciting for me to try.”

In 2005, Khakoo was elected a master of the American College of Physicians (ACP), which is one of the highest and most selective honors offered by the College. James E. Brick, M.D., professor and chairman of the WVU Department of Medicine said, “Master status is only conferred upon a very few for their work in these areas, and no one cares more about medical education in this country than Dr. Rashida Khakoo.”

For more information on the Governor’s Civil Rights Day Award, visit the West Virginia Human Rights Commission website - http://www.wvf.state.wv.us/wvhrc/.

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Steve Bovino, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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