President of the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa
Marc Mendelson studied medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, London and specialized in infectious diseases at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where he attained his PhD in cytomegalovirus latency. Marc undertook post-doctoral studies at The Rockefeller University, New York, working on the interaction between Mycobacterium tuberculosis and dendritic cells, before transferring his research to Cape Town. He is now Professor of Infectious Diseases and head of the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine at Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, and director of the Cape Town GeoSentinel Travel Surveillance Network Site. He is past-president of the Infectious Diseases Society of Southern Africa, and the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa.
His main field of interest lies in national and international policy relating to antimicrobial resistance (AMR). He is the chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on AMR; South African lead for the Global Health Security Agenda Prevent-1 AMR Working Group; director of the South African National Antibiotic Stewardship Training Centre, and a member of the scientific advisory committee of the Global Antibiotic Research & Development Programme (GARDP). Marc is also a technical advisor to WHO on a variety of AMR-related projects.
Prof. Mendelson is the chair of the ProMED Committee and serves on the Nominations & Remuneration and ICID Program Committees.