1694. Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship in South America
Session: Symposium: Global Perspectives on Antimicrobial Resistance and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs
Saturday, October 6, 2018: 8:45 AM
Room: S 305-314
Maria Virginia Villegas, MD, MSc, FIDSA, Bacterial Resistance and Hospital Epidemiology, International Center for Medical Research and Training CIDEIM, Cali, Colombia; Antimicrobial Resistance and Hospital Epidemiology, Universidad El Bosque, Bogotá, Colombia

Maria Virginia Villegas MD is currently the scientific advisor of the division of bacterial resistance and nosocomial infections, currently focusing on gram negative pathogens, as well as an adjunct professor of the Universidad El Bosque. She did her Internal Medicine training at the University del Valle (in Cali, Colombia), followed by visiting fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Miami, where she is an adjunct professor of the Latin American program. She then obtained a Master’s degree in Microbiology at the University del Valle, where her thesis was devoted to studying PCR as a diagnostic tool in TB. In 1999 she spent one and a half years as a visiting research fellow in Infectious Diseases in the United States, working on the epidemiology of multiresistant Acinetobacter at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, followed by a rotation in Dr John Quinn’s lab in Chicago, focusing on Bacterial resistance, especially ESBLs. Her current research interests are nosocomial infections and the molecular epidemiology and mechanisms of antimicrobial resistance of the gram-negative bacilli as well as implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in hospitals. She is an advisor for many hospital ID committees, which determine infection control and antibiotic policies in Colombia and has developed a successful national network of teaching hospitals studying bacterial resistance and nosocomial infections. Dr Villegas has several honor awards including named Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America given by the IDSA and the European Society of Infectious Diseases for her excellence in Infectious Diseases and related fields, the Eduardo Gotuzzo Medal Recognition Award for Scientific Merit given by the Pan-American Society of Infectious Diseases ( API ), and Medal Recognition Award for a life of dedication, commitment and contribution to knowledge and development of medical research in Colombia ( ACIN). She has published more than 90 articles and chapters.


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