Beginning his training in cardiology, Dr. John Bartlett's career took a different turn while working in a fever ward during his military service in Vietnam. Around that time, he was working exclusively with lung infections when his mentor, Dr. Sherwood Gorbach suggested that the major research in lungs was exhausted and he should "go to the gut".
Over the next few years, Dr. Bartlett went to Tufts University to research the cause of antibiotic associated colitis. During that period, Bartlett developed the diagnostic test for detecting the cytopathic toxic which lead to the path of an effective treatment for the infectious disease nicknamed C.diff.
Following his impressive work at Tufts, Bartlett was recruited by Dr. Victor McKusick to head the Johns Hopkins division of Infectious Diseases. By 1983, he had started an AIDS program Hopkins with the mission to provide information and resources for both researchers and patients.
In 1998, Bartlett joined forces with Dr. D.A. Henderson to co-found the Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies.
To date, he is the co-author of over thirty guidelines on infectious diseases for physicians that are published in easy-to-carry pocket-sized editions. These impressive publications have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Chinese, and have been used throughout Africa, Latin America, and North America.
In 2005, Bartlett was awarded the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement.
A legend in modern day microbial-warfare, Dr. John Bartlett has been a witness to the discovery and defeat of the world's most sinister viral infections. A pioneer in the research of HIV/AIDS, C-DIFF, and antimicrobial resistance, Dr. Bartlett was Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins for 26 years.
Dr. DA Henderson has been a major player in the fight against infectious diseases since the 1950s. In 1966, he was appointed to lead the World Health Organization's Global Smallpox Eradication Campaign. Subsequently, he served as dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and following 9/11/01, he become chair of a national advisory council on public health preparedness against attacks of bioterrorism.