19 Nov, 2021
With a great sadness I learnt today that Scott passed away. The IAS obituary says everything about him as a great scientist. I just would like to remember him as a very good friend who cared about children throughout his professional life. In 2006 we chaired together the WHO working group to develop the guidelines for antiretroviral therapy “Toward universal access”. Scott has been mentoring me in an unforgettable way !
Carlo Giaquinto on behalf of Penta
The IAS-USA is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr Scott M. Hammer on November 17, 2021. Dr Hammer has been a hero in the HIV pandemic during his 5-plus decades of work in the field of infectious diseases.
For the IAS-USA, Dr Hammer served as a pivotal contributor to all of our educational activities, including the first Antiretroviral Therapy Guidelines panel established in 1996, published in the Journal of American Medical Association every other year. Dr Hammer served as Chair of the ARV Guidelines in 2006 and 2008.
Most importantly, we remember Dr Hammer as a brilliant scientist, compassionate physician, extraordinary, generous, and caring friend, and one of the most humble individuals that anyone in our field has had the honor to work with.
Dr Hammer was presented with the IAS-USA Lifetime of Leadership Award in 2019. Although it is with a profound sense of loss at his passing, Dr Hammer’s example inspires us to redouble our efforts to advance the IAS-USA mission. He will be missed, but the legacy of all of his contributions and kindness will endure in the hearts and minds of all of us.