601. Interactive Panelist
Session: Interactive Session: Thorny Issues in Infection Control
Friday, October 4, 2013: 8:30 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: Esplanade Ballroom 301-310
Andreas Widmer, MD, MS, FIDSA, FSHEA, Infectious Diseases, University of Basel Hospitals and Clinics, Basel, Switzerland

Andreas F. Widmer, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine, is head of the Division of Hospital Epidemiology at the University Hospital Basel, Switzerland. He completed his training in internal medicine and infectious diseases in Switzerland. He compoleted a fellowship in hospital epidemiology (Chair: Richard P. Wenzel, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa, USA. In 1992, he received a master’s degree from the University of Iowa in epidemiology. He holds a Board in Internal Medicine (1990) and Infectious Diseases (1999). The new specialty “Board in Infectious Diseases” was created during his appointment as secretary for the Infectious Diseases Society of Switzerland from 1997 - 1999. In 1993, he was elected as head of the new division of Hospital Epidemiology at the University Hospital Basel. From 1997 – 2000 he was president of the Swiss Society for Hospital Epidemiology and Hygiene. He is member of the 1. and 2. Challenge in patient safety, a program of the WHO. As part of the group, he wrote the guidelines for surgical hand antisepsis, and collaborated in the WHO guidelines to prevent surgical site infections. His interests are focused on implant-associated infections, catheter-associated infections, infection control on multiresistant pathogens, hand disinfection, and sterilization. He received awards for outbreak investigations from the Infectious Diseases Society of Switzerland in 1992 and 1997, and from the Swiss Society for Hospital Epidemiology in 1999. He was associate editor of the Journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology and the Swiss Bulletin for Hospital Epidemiology. He is board member of the European Study group on nosocomial infections (ESGNI of ESCMID).

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