IAS mourns the death of Scott Hammer of Columbia, NY

Scott Hammer Death Columbia, NY – Passed Away: COLUMBIA, NY., – Dr Scott Hammer, a former IAS Governing Council member and Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, has died. Dr Scott Hammer passed away on November 17, 2021. Details surrounding his death were unknown at the time of this report.

Dr Hammer was a well-known HIV researcher and physician who held the Harold C. Neu Professorship of Infectious Diseases (In Medicine). Dr Hammr earned a BA in 1968 from Columbia College and an MD in 1972 from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He played a vital role in the evolution of the current HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy) paradigm, which has saved millions of lives.

Dr Hammer was the Director of The Columbia-Rockefeller Center for AIDS Research. His primary research interests include the development of improved therapies for people living with HIV, as well as an HIV vaccine to prevent HIV infection. He directs clinical research projects in these areas at Columbia University Medical Center and works closely with colleagues in New York City and around the world.

Tributes are flooding in for Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology on social media, honoring his life’s work.

“to hear about the passing of Dr Scott Hammer. I was so thankful for his guidance early in my career. He was an incredible person and an amazing mentor.”

“WHO mourns the loss of sr Scott Hammer — a giant in HIV and the WHO first HIV drug resistance ResNet chair. Condolences to his family. IN MEMORIAM: Dr Scott M. Hammer – IAS-USA”

“Scott Hammer, our former division chief, a giant in the world of HIV and ID, a mentor and father figure to many of us, has passed away. His life and contributions should be and will be, celebrated. Sad day. I’ll miss him.”

“Terribly sad news, condolences to his family, loved ones, colleagues & friends. Among many other contributions, Scott Hammer was among the first researchers to engage the community to discuss the ethical implications …”

Scott Hammer’s family will release more information about his death. This is Scott Hammer’s obituary.

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