Janet Gilsdorf, M. D. is the Robert P. Kelch Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan, Director of the Haemophilus influenzae research laboratory, Director of the Cellular and Molecular Biology in Pediatrics Training Program, and Co-director of the Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases.

She has served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control, on the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and on the Board of Scientific Counselors of the Clinical Center of the National Institutes of Health, and currently is Associate Editor of the Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. She received the Sarah Goddard Power award from the University of Michigan in 2004, the Alumni Achievement Award from her alma mater, North Dakota State University in 2008, and the Distinguished Physician Award from the Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in 2012.

In addition to her scientific writing, she has published a number of personal essays in JAMA (Iournal of the American Medical Association), Emerging Infectious Diseases, Health Affairs and The Examined Life. In 1999 she was awarded the Journal of Internal Medicine Award for Prose.

Gilsdorf, J.R.  “Brad missed the miracle.” JAMA 274:443, 1995

Gilsdorf, J.R.  “Do you have a minute?” JAMA 275:343, 1996

Gilsdorf, J.R.  March Schedules. J. Gen. Int. Med. 13:501-502, 1998. [JGIM 1998 Creative Medical Writing Runner-up for Prose]

Gilsdorf, J.R.  “Off to the Left.” J. Gen. Int. Med. 14: 365-366, 1999. [JGIM 1999 Creative Medical Writing Award for Prose]

Gilsdorf, J.R.  “A Simple Song of Gratitude.” JAMA 285:1555-1556, 2001

Gilsdorf, J.R.  “Jet Black Eschar.” Emerg Infect Dis 8:871, 2002

Gilsdorf, J.R.  “As Drug Marketing Pays Off, My Mother Pays Up.” Health Affairs 23:208-212, 2004

Gilsdorf, J.R.  “A Long Time Ago.” JAMA 296:2777-2778, 2006

Gilsdorf, J.R. “The Disappearing Doctors.” Health Affairs 27:850-854, 2008