People

The International Society for Infectious Diseases brings together a network of over 90,000 individuals from around the world who share a collective belief that infectious diseases cross all national and regional boundaries and that long-term effective solutions require international scientific exchange and cooperation.

ISID and its members are dedicated to developing partnerships and programs that facilitate the development of innovative solutions to infectious disease challenges around the globe, enabled by an effective and inclusive governance model.

  • Governance

    The Society is governed by a Council, elected by the membership. The Council is organized according to geographic regions to ensure representation from all the areas of the world. The membership, upon the recommendation of the Council, also approves the composition of the Executive Committee and its officers. The Executive Committee of the Society is charged with overall responsibility of the Society’s activities and the appointment of an Executive Director charged with the day-to-day responsibility for all Society business.

    Executive Director

    Appointed by the Executive Committee and reponsible for the day-to-day running of the Society.

    Executive Committee

    Responsible for appointing the Executive Director and overseeing all of ISID’s activities, the Executive Committee is composed of:

    • 5 Officers of the Society: President, President-Elect, Past-President, Treasurer and General Secretary, each serving a 4 year term
    • 4 Members-at-Large, each serving a 6 year term
    • 1 representative of the region hosting the next International Congress on Infectious Diseases, serving a 2 term

    Executive Committee members are elected by Council Members at biennial General Meetings of the Society held in conjunction with the Society’s International Congress on Infectious Diseases.

    Any Council member interested in serving on ISID’s Executive Committee may submit their name, CV and Statement of Interest to the Nominations Committee for consideration. The Nominations Committee draws up a short list of candidates based on nominees’ professional excellence; past and proposed future contributions to the work of the society; and ensuring balanced geographical representation.

    The Council of the International Society of Infectious Diseases

    Responsible for governing ISID, the Council consists of not more than 60 members each serving a 6 year term with one-third of Council membership being replaced at each biennial International Congress for Infectious Diseases. Membership is distributed by WHO region to ensure that all regions of the world are represented in the Society’s governing structure.

    Council members are elected by Society members at biennial General Meetings of the Society held in conjunction with the Society’s International Congress on Infectious Diseases.

    Any member in good standing may submit his or her name to the Nominations Committee for consideration for Council membership.

    Nominations should be sent to info@isid.org

    The Nominations Committee proposes candidates to fill vacancies on the Council based on a nominee’s professional excellence; past and proposed future contributions to the work of the society; and ensuring balanced geographical representation.

    The Council serves as both the legislative body of the Society and consulting body for the Executive Committee. Individual members are responsible for:

    • promoting membership of the Society
    • supporting the implementation of the Society’s goals through the dissemination of information about the Society and distributing Society materials at local and regional meetings
    • leading local and regional infectious diseases societies, and working closely and collaboratively with these groups to promote the Society and its programs.
    • maintaining the Society’s worldwide representation
    • representing the Society at scientific meetings.
    • reviewing applications for ISID grant and fellowship programs and/or abstracts submitted for presentation at ISID meetings (2-6 hours per annum).
    • participating in the Society’s various sub-committees including Research, Education and Publications; External Affairs, ProMED, Finance, Nominations, or Programs. Sub-committee meetings are usually held “virtually” by Skype/teleconference three times a year. The role of the subcommittees is evolving, and members may be invited to take on additional activities, as determined by the subcommittee chair.
    • establishing and maintaining contact with possible sources of funding for the work of the Society and its meetings such as foundations, government agencies, and the pharmaceutical industry.

    Note: Any fundraising activity on behalf of the Society must be coordinated through the ISID office in Brookline, MA, USA.

    Council members are also encouraged to:

    • attend the International Congress on Infectious Diseases and to submit abstracts to the Congress. The Society will waive the registration fee of Council members but cannot guarantee any financial help to assist with participation.
    • contribute and solicit articles and other information (including scheduled events) suitable for publication in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases

    Notes: Council members receive no compensation for their efforts on behalf of the Society.

  • Executive Committee Members

    President
    Marc Mendelson, South Africa

    Past-President
    Jonathan Cohen, UK

    Secretary
    Rana Hajjeh, Egypt

    Treasurer
    Alison Holmes, UK

    Members-at-Large
    Lindsay Grayson, Australia
    Gagandeep Kang, India
    Miguel O’Ryan, Chile
    Sally Roberts, New Zealand
    Paul Tambyah, Singapore
    Ursula Theuretzbacher, Austria

  • Council Members

    African Region

    Tayo BABALOBI
    Nigeria

    Athanase BADOLO
    Burkina Faso

    Teshorne GEBRE
    Nominations Committee
    Ethiopia
    Regional Representative for Africa, The Task Force for Global Health Inc.
    Health Care Management, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Shabir A. MADHI
    South Africa
    National Institute of Communicable Diseases
    Pediatrics ID, Vaccinology Against Respiratory Pathogens, HIV-Infected Children

    Boubacar MAIGA
    Mali

    Shaheen MEHTAR
    Education and Publications Committee South Africa
    Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, Chair of Infection Control Africa Network
    Infection Prevention and Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship. Community Based Infection Control Programs

    Papa SALIF-SOW
    Senegal

    Zegeye TESSEMA
    Ethiopia

    Chinyere UKAGA
    Nigeria

    Eastern Mediterranean Region

    Rashad ABDUL-GHANI
    Yemen

    Laith ABU-RADDAD
    Qatar

    Mohannad A.A. AL-NSOUR
    Jordan Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network
    Public Health

    Jaffar AL-TAWFIQ
    Saudi Arabia

    Fatma AMER
    Egypt

    Remy Karam AZIZ
    ProMED Committee
    Egypt
    Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University
    Genomics of Infectious Diseases, Systems Biology of Microbial Pathogens

    Mohamed RHAJAOUI
    Morocco

    Roula SAMAHA
    Lebanon

    European Region

    Aleksandra BARAC
    Serbia

    Paolo CALISTRI
    Italy

    Robert COLEBUNDERS
    Belgium

    Onder ERGONUL
    Turkey Koç University School of Medicine
    Clinical Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases
    European Region

    Robert HEYDERMAN
    UK
    University College, London
    Focus: Microbial Pathogenesis, Immunity to Mucosal Pathogens, Bacterial Meningitis, Vaccines

    Monica JUNIE
    Romania

    Hannah NOHYNEK
    Finland

    Helena MALTEZOU
    Greece

    Nicola PETROSILLO
    Italy

    Patricia SCHLAGENHAUF
    Switzerland

    Region of the Americas

    Patricio ACOSTA
    Argentina

    Celia Mercedes ALPUCHE
    Mexico National Institute of Public Health

    Maria Luisa AVILA
    ProMED Committee
    Costa Rica
    National Hospital for Children, San Jose
    Focus: Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    Gonzalo BEARMAN
    USA
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    Focus: Infection Prevention, Hospital Epidemiology

    Paul BROWN
    Research Committee
    Jamaica University of the West Indies at Mona
    Focus: Molecular Microbiology

    Ana Paulina CELI
    Ecuador
    Hospital de los Valles, Quito
    Focus: Infectious Diseases , AIDS

    Carmen DESEDA
    Puerto Rico
    University Hospital Bayamon
    Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    David HAMER
    USA
    Boston University

    Claudio LANATA
    Education and Publications Committee
    Institute of Nutrition, Lima
    Peru

    Ramanan LAXMINARAYAN
    Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP)
    Washington, DC, USA

    William POWDERLY
    USA

    Guillermo RUIZ-PALACIOS
    Mexico

    Anita SHET
    USA

    South-East Asia Region

    Sitara AJJAMPUR
    India

    Anil Kumar BHOLA
    India

    Aamer IKRAM
    Pakistan

    Sasisopin KIERTIBURANAKUL
    Thailand
    Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok
    Focus: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Clinical Disease Trials, Emerging Infections

    Neelika MALAVIGUE
    Sri Lanka
    Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayawardenapura, Sir Lanka and Academic Visitor, Nuffield Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Oxford
    Focus: Viral Immunology, Dengue

    Samir SAHA
    Bangladesh

    Guy THWAITES
    Vietnam

    Western Pacific Region

    Philippe BUCHY
    Education and Publications Committee Cambodia
    GSK
    Focus: Virology, Rabies, Dengue

    Doo Ryeon CHUNG
    South Korea

    Carta GUNAWAN
    Indonesia

    SS LEE
    Education and Publications Committee
    Hong Kong
    The Chinese University of Hong Kong
    Focus: HIV/AIDS, Infectious Disease Epidemiology

    Poh Lian LIM
    ProMED Committee
    Singapore
    Department of Infectious Diseases, Institute of Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
    Focus: Emerging Infections, Travel Medicine, HIV and General ID

    David LYE
    Singapore

    Zamberi SEKAVI
    Malaysia

  • Emerging Leaders

    In recognition of their past contributions to the field of international infectious diseases and in anticipation of their future impact on the discipline, these individuals are recognized as ISID Emerging Leaders in International Infectious Diseases.

    African Region

    Andre Bulabula
    South Africa
    Dr. Andre N.H. Bulabula, from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), graduated as a Medical Doctor at the Catholic University of Bukavu in DRC (2012) and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Epidemiology of Stellenbosch University in South Africa (2015). As a researcher he is interested in Infectious Diseases Epidemiology (HIV, TB, Ebola, Malaria, Cryptosporidiosis, etc) as well as Infection Prevention and Control, including Modelling of Infectious Diseases (RSA 2014, USA 2015) and Antimicrobial Resistance. He is also an active member of international research organisations: ICAN, ATS, ERS.

    Sean Wasserman
    South Africa
    Dr. Sean Wasserman is an infectious diseases physician, and is currently in a full time research position to undertake a PhD on the pharmacology of linezolid for drug-resistant tuberculosis. He is a lecturer in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and HIV Medicine, at the University of Cape Town where he teaches internal medicine and infectious diseases to undergraduate medical students. Dr. Wasserman is a member of the National Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group within the South African Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme, and has recently co-authored a national antibiotic prescribing guideline. His research interests broadly include infectious diseases of public health importance in sub-Saharan Africa, with a focus on HIV-associated tuberculosis and pneumocystis pneumonia, and antimicrobial stewardship.

    Eastern Mediterranean Region

    Seif Al-Abri
    Oman
    Dr. Seif Salem Al-Abri studied medicine at Sultan Qaboos University in Oman and qualified in 1993. He has done his training in Infectious diseases at the Royal Liverpool University hospital and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool, UK. He became a fellow of Royal College of Physicians in 2008.

    Dr. Al-Abri is a practising consultant in Infectious Diseases at the Royal hospital, Oman and he was the head of infectious diseases department from 2006 until 2014. He was appointed as the Director General for Disease Surveillance and Control at the Ministry of Health of Oman in September 2014.

    Dr. Al-Abri has interest in medical education and he is an accredited Royal College of Physicians educator; he is an international advisor for the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Lead Examiner for the MRCP (UK) Examination in Oman, and he is a member of the governing council of Oman Medical College. In addition, he is the chairman of the national taskforce for establishing consultants’ appraisal in Oman, he is also an associate editor to Sultan Qaboos University Medical Journal, Journal of Infection and Public Health, and Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials.

    Jaffar Al-Tawfiq
    Saudi Arabia
    Dr. Jaffar A. Al-Tawfiq, MBBS, DTM&H, FACP, MISID is a consultant of internal medicine and infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare (J.H.A.H). He completed medical school at King Faisal University School of Medicine, Saudi Arabia and an internal medicine residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana (USA). During his Infectious Diseases fellowship, Dr. Al-Tawfiq did extensive work on the pathogenesis of Haemophilus ducreyi and the mechanism of the immune response to the various genes.

    He is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine. In 1998, he completed a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (DTM&H) at London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and was awarded a diploma in TM&H by the Royal College of Physician of London.

    Dr. Al-Tawfiq is an associate editor of Journal of Infection and Public Health and an associate editor of the Journal of Epidemiology and Global Health. Current interest includes: hospital epidemiology, healthcare associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic stewardship, and emerging respiratory pathogens including MERS-CoV.

    European Region

    Eyal Leshem
    Israel
    Dr. Eyal Leshem received his medical degree from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, completed his internal medicine and infectious diseases training and went on to serve as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Currently, Dr. Leshem is an attending physician at the Sheba Medical Center and a lecturer in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Tel Aviv University, both in Israel. His main interests include viral gastroenteritis, vaccine impact and effectiveness, travel medicine and tropical diseases.

    Elizabeth Ashley
    UK
    Dr. Ashley is a newly appointed Consultant in Infectious Diseases & Microbiology in the UK. She interrupted her training along the way to work in tropical medicine, first along the Thai-Myanmar border, working for the Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, part of the Mahidol Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. Here she supervised inpatient, outpatient and antenatal care of patients attending several border and refugee camp clinics. During the six years spent there she supervised the enrollment of thousands of patients into chemotherapeutic studies of newer artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs) that were being introduced. This work formed the basis of her PhD. After leaving Thailand she spent 2 years working as the coordinator of malaria research with Epicentre/Médecins Sans Frontieres in Paris before returning to ID/Micro training with the Imperial College NHS Trust. One more interruption followed in 2011, when she left the programme to return to Thailand to work for Professor Nick White, leading the Tracking Resistance to Artemisinin Collaboration which gave an up to date picture of the status of artemisinin resistance in falciparum malaria.

    Enrique Castro-Sanchez
    UK
    Dr. Enrique Castro-Sanchez is currently combining an Early Career Research Fellowship exploring increased participation of nurses in antimicrobial stewardship decision-making and a position as Lead Research Nurse at the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London. He was awarded a PhD in Nursing at the University of Alicante (Spain) in 2015. He trained in nursing and management of nursing services in Spain, followed by an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2003.

    Region of the Americas

    Juan Pablo Torres
    Chile
    Juan Pablo Torres, MD, PhD, is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist at the University of Chile. His research is in the field of respiratory viral infection in immunocompromised and immunocompetent children and he has more than 40 ISI publications. Dr. Torres is Director of the Research Unit at Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna and Academic Director of Clínica Las Condes, in Santiago, Chile.

    Theresa J. Ochoa
    Peru
    Dr. Ochoa is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist working in Peru as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Cayetano Heredia University (UPCH) and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. She is Head of the Enteric Diseases and Nutrition Laboratory at the Tropical Medicine Institute at UPCH, and Head of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory at the Research and Development Laboratories at UPCH. Dr. Ochoa´s main area of research are (1) Lactoferrin: basic research and clinical trials; (2) Enteric pathogens and diarrhea in children: epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, physiopathology, virulence, diagnosis, treatment and prevention; (3) Neonatal sepsis: diagnosis and prevention; (4) Pneumococcus: epidemiology, antimicrobial resistance, serotypes, treatment, vaccines; and (5) Pediatric malnutrition. Her long-term objectives are to find cost-effective interventions to decrease the burden of infectious disease, and improve outcomes in pediatric populations in developing countries.

    Ruanne Barnabas
    USA
    Dr. Ruanne Barnabas is an Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health, Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, University of Washington, an Infectious Disease Physician-Scientist at the University of Washington and affiliate at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Her research focuses on innovative approaches to community-based HIV treatment and prevention in Africa. The ultimate aim of her work is to estimate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of HIV treatment and prevention interventions to inform public health policy.

    South-East Asia Region

    Ira Praharaj
    India
    Dr. Ira Praharaj is an Assistant Professor at the Wellcome Trust Research Laboratory, Christian Medical College, Vellore. As a medical professional she is now making a transition to problems of public health importance, rather than individual patient care and diagnosis. Dr. Praharaj currently works on factors affecting the immunogenicity of oral vaccines in developing country settings such as India. Her major focus is on evaluating the role of asymptomatic carriage of enteropathogens on oral vaccine response in settings, using molecular diagnostic tools.

    Rajiv Sarkar
    India
    Dr. Rajiv Sarkar is a Wellcome Trust/DBT India Alliance Early Career Fellow at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India. He is an epidemiologist and obtained his Ph.D. for studies on cryptosporidiosis in urban infants. Dr. Sarkar’s current research focuses on the epidemiology and control of soil transmitted helminths infection in an endemic southern Indian tribal community.

    Western Pacific Region

    Veasna Duong
    Cambodia
    Dr. Duong Veasna, MD, PhD is currently working at Institut Pasteur du Cambodge and his works focus mainly on arboviruses and emerging zoonoses.

    Ada Lin
    Hong Kong
    Dr. Ada Lin is a dual specialist in Infectious Disease and Public Health Medicine in Hong Kong. Her current main scope of work is on HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis. She also serves as the office bearer of the Hong Kong Society for Infectious Diseases.

  • Committees

    • Research Committee

    Oversight of ISID’s research grants, awards and fellowship programs

    Chair: Gagandeep Kang

    Council members:
    Sitara Ajjampur
    Elizabeth Ashley
    Anil Bhola
    Paul Brown
    Robert Colebunders
    Carta Gunawan
    Neelika Malavige
    Helena Maltezou
    Nicola Petrosillo
    Laith Raddad

    Executive Committee member: Rana Hajjeh
    ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
    ProMED Editor: Larry Madoff

    • Education Committee 

    Oversight of Educational Programs.

    Chair: SS Lee

    • Policy & Advocay Committee

    Chair: Marc Mendelson

    ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
    ISID Program Manager: Amy Galblum

    • Publication Committee

    Oversight of the International Journal of Infectious Diseases (IJID); A Guide to Infection Control in the Hospital.

    Chair: Paul Tambyah

    Gonzalo Bearman (Editor, A Guide to Infection Control in the Hospital, 5th and 6th Editions)
    Shaheen Mehtar

    ProMED Moderator Subject Expert: Larry Lutwick
    ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
    ISID Program Manager: Amy Galblum
    IJID Editor: Eskild Petersen

    • Emerging Leaders Program

    Chair: Alison Holmes

    Council members:
    Aleksandra Barac

    Andre Bulabula
    Sean Wasserman
    Seif Al-Abri
    Jaffar Al-Tawfiq (Council)
    Eyal Leshem
    Elizabeth Ashley
    Enrique Castro-Sanchez
    Juan Pablo Torres
    Theresa J. Ochoa
    Ruanne Barnabas
    Ira Praharaj
    Rajiv Sarkar
    Veasna Duong
    Ada Lin

    • External Affairs Committee

    Development of regional meetings and engagement; press and public relations; and collaborations with other societies.

    Chair: Miguel O’Ryan

    Council members:
    Hanna Nohynek
    Rob Heyderman

    Executive Committee members: Lindsay Grayson, Ursula Theuretzbacher
    ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
    ISID Executive Director: Chris Trimmer

    • ProMED Committee

    Oversight and development of ProMED

    Chair: Larry Madoff

    Executive Committee member: Ursula Theuretzbacher
    ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
    IJID editor-in-chief: Eskild Petersen

    • Finance Committee

    Oversight of ISID’s finances

    Chair: ISID Treasurer: Alison Holmes

    ISID President: Marc Mendelson
    President Elect: Rana Hajjeh
    ISID Executive Director: Chris Trimmer

    • Nomination & Renumeration Committee

    Oversight of Council and Executive Committee member nominations

    Chair: ISID President: Marc Mendelson

    Past-President: Jon Cohen
    President-Elect: Rana Hajjeh

    Council members:
    Teshome Gebre

    ISID Executive Director: Chris Trimmer

    ISID Working Groups

    • Guide for Infection Control Working Group
      Chairs: Gonzalo Bearman, Shaheen Mehtar 

      ISID Program and Marketing Manager: Laurence Mialot
    • Cross Society Link Working Group
      Chair: Lindsay Grayson

      ISID Executive Director: Chris Trimmer

    ICID Program Committee

    • Congress organization and scientific program development
      Chair: ISID President: Marc Mendelson

      Executive Committee members: Jon Cohen, Lindsay Grayson, Rana Hajjeh, Alison Holmes, Gagandeep Kang, Ursula Teuretzbacher, Miguel O’Ryan, Sally Roberts, Paul Tambyah
      ISID Executive Director: Chris Trimmer
      ISID Program Director: Britta Lassmann
  • ISID Staff

    Executive Director: Chris Trimmer

    Director of Emerging Disease Surveillance, Editor ProMED: Larry Madoff
    ProMED Assistant Director: Maja Carrion

    EpiCore Program Manager: Taryn Lorthe

    Program Director: Britta Lassmann
    Assistant Program Director: John W. Ramatowski
    Program and Membership Manager
    : Amy Galblum

    Development Director: Andrew Sideman
    Marketing and Communications Director: Katherine Morgan

    Conference Manager: Doris Steinbach
    Information and Technology Manager: Drew Tenenholz
    Program and Marketing Manager: Laurence Mialot
    Finance Manager: Angela Tsopelas