Executive Committee

Executive Committee Members

Paul Ananth Tambyah
Paul Ananth Tambyah

Paul Ananth Tambyah, Singapore

President

Paul Anantharajah Tambyah is currently Professor of Medicine at the National University of Singapore and Senior Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician at the National University Hospital. He is also Research Director in the Division of Infectious Diseases of the National University Health System. After graduating from the National University of Singapore, he did his postgraduate training at the University of Wisconsin under Dr. Dennis Maki and since returning to Singapore in 1999 he has held a number of academic, professional and advisory appointments including Assistant Dean of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is immediate past president of the Society of Infectious Diseases (Singapore) and Secretary-General of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection.

Professor Tambyah is the chair of the Publications and Education Committee and serves on the Finance Committee.

Alison Holmes
Alison Holmes

Alison Holmes, United Kingdom

Past-President

Alison has a longstanding clinical and research career in global infectious diseases, with particular interests in antibiotic use, antimicrobial resistance (AMR), epidemiology and public health within healthcare and has served on the Executive Committee of the ISID, chairing the Education and the Publications Committee and introducing the Emerging Leaders initiative. She is a Professor of Infectious Diseases at Imperial College, a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Medical Sciences and a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator.

She leads a large multidisciplinary research group and network, with strong international collaborations. She is Director of the NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI) and AMR and the Centre of Antimicrobial Optimisation at Imperial College. In the National Health Service, she is an Associate Medical Director leading a multi-professional service and a senior ID consultant. In addition to her work in infectious diseases, she has served as medical advisor to VSO, UK and has been involved in refugee health, and in health and human rights. She served as an expert member of the Governmental Advisory Committee on AMR and HCAI for nine years and she now chairs the Technical Advisory Group for the Fleming Fund. She sits on a variety of WHO expert groups and committees and sits on or chairs numerous national and international scientific advisory boards, funding panels and editorial boards.

Alison spent much of her life overseas. She attended Cambridge University as an undergraduate and then went to St George’s Medical school London. She worked in communicable diseases and tropical medicine in Oxford, gained her DTM&H from London, and was awarded an ID fellowship to spend at Boston University, where her research was conducted in the Maxwell Finland Laboratories and where she gained an MPH in International Health from Harvard School of Public Health.

Professor Holmes serves on the Finance Committee, and on the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Sally Roberts
Sally Roberts

Sally Roberts, New Zealand

President-Elect & Treasurer

Dr. Sally Roberts is a graduate of the University of Auckland, School of Medicine. She is a clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases physician at Auckland City Hospital and is the Clinical Head of Microbiology at LabPlus, Auckland District Health Board. Since August 2011, she has been the National Clinical Lead for the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission Infection Prevention and Control Program. She has been on a number of New Zealand’s Ministry of Health working groups.

Her main interests include the diagnosis of infectious diseases; prevention of healthcare-associated infections; and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Roberts is the chair of the Finance Committee and serves on the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Jaffar Al-Tawfiq
Jaffar Al-Tawfiq

Jaffar Al-Tawfiq, Saudi Arabia

Dr. Jaffar Al-Tawfiq is the Director of Accreditation & Infection Control at Johns Hopkins Aramco Healthcare Dhahran, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. He is an Associate Professor Jaffar Al-Tawfiq is a Consultant of Internal Medicine & Infectious Diseases and the Director of Accreditation and Infection Control at JHAH. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Al-Tawfiq has received several accomplishment awards locally and internationally. He is recognized as a world leader in coronaviruses and is a top global expert in infection control. Dr. Al-Tawfiq is a scientist and researcher, and his current interests include hospital epidemiology, healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic stewardship, and emerging respiratory pathogens including MERS-CoV and COVID-19. He is also renowned as a researcher in mass gatherings.

Gonzalo Bearman
Gonzalo Bearman

Gonzalo Bearman, United States

Gonzalo Bearman is Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Richard P. Wenzel Professor of Internal Medicine (Tenure) with a focus on clinical infectious diseases, public health and healthcare epidemiology at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. He is a graduate of Colgate University (BA), SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MD) and Columbia University (MPH). He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and was Chief Resident, both at SUNY at Buffalo. He then completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and a residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, both at Cornell University. Dr. Bearman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Since 2003, Dr. Bearman is an attending physician/consultant in Infectious Diseases Service at VCU Medical Center. Dr. Bearman served as the Clerkship Director of the VCU M3 Internal Medicine Clerkship (2005 – 2011) and was the 4th year Acting Internship (AI) Director. Dr. Bearman lectures in the M1 Population Medicine Class and M2 Medical Microbiology. He is the course director for both Contemporary Issues and Controversies in Public Health seminar in the VCU Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine and an M4 Elective on Medicine in Literature. Since 2005, Dr. Bearman has worked on the VCU Global Health Program through the Honduras Medical Relief Brigade, a medical relief effort bringing medical and public health assistance to rural Honduran communities.

In 2013, Dr. Bearman launched the Medical Literary Messenger, an online magazine for humanities and medicine, where he serves as the Editor in Chief. He serves as a section editor for Current Infectious Diseases Reports and as Editor in Chief of Current Treatment Options in Infectious Diseases. From 2013-2015, Dr. Bearman was the Chair of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s (SHEA) Guidelines Committee. His areas of research focus on the epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections. Dr. Bearman has 180+ peer-reviewed publications in Annals of Internal Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, Archives of Medical Research, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Journal of Clinical Microbiology, Current Infectious Diseases Reports, American Journal of Infection Control, BioMedCentral Infectious Diseases, Infections in Medicine, Journal of Rural and Remote Medicine, Journal of Hospital Infection and Journal of Infection and JAMA.

Dr. Bearman is recognized multiple years in Richmond Magazine as a Best Doctor in Richmond (Infectious Diseases). In 2019, Dr. Bearman was awarded the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Barry Farr Award for the most influential publication in infection prevention and hospital epidemiology. In 2020, Dr. Bearman received the Medical Society of Virginia Salute to Service Award for his work in healthcare epidemiology and patient safety. In March 2021, Dr. Bearman was named inaugural editor of Antimicrobial Stewardship and Healthcare Epidemiology, an open access journal of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, published by Cambridge University Press.

Robert Heyderman
Robert Heyderman

Robert Heyderman, United Kingdom

Rob Heyderman is a clinician scientist with skills and experience that bridge clinical practice, disease prevention and the fundamental understanding of the mechanisms of infectious disease. He directed the highly successful Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Programme for over 8 years, transforming the Programme into a centre of excellence led by Malawian & international scientists, pursuing internationally-leading science, research training & improving the health of people in sub-Saharan Africa.

Rob established a Mucosal Pathogens Research Group at the UCL, which pursues epidemiological, clinical and basic laboratory research in UK and Africa to address the microbial and immunological basis of severe infection caused by mucosal pathogens and their prevention through vaccination; the regulation of inflammation; and the diagnosis & management of meningitis and sepsis. He has recently launched the NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens (MPRU), which is an interdisciplinary translational programme that brings together internationally recognised UK and African investigators to tackle limitations in the long-term effectiveness of existing vaccines to prevent meningitis, pneumonia and sepsis though new approaches to interrupting mucosal pathogen carriage/transmission.

Dr. Heyderman is the chair of the Emerging Leaders Program and serves on the Finance Committee.

Neelika Malavige
Neelika Malavige

Neelika Malavige, Sri Lanka

Professor Neelika Malavige graduated from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, and carried out her doctoral studies at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford, which was funded through a Commonwealth Scholarship. She returned to Sri Lanka to take up an academic position at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka in 2008 and has been affiliated to University of Oxford as an academic visitor since then.  She was elected as the Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in London in 2015 and the Royal College of Pathologists in 2015.

Neelika has done extensive research related to dengue, particularly focusing on factors that lead to severe dengue, identification of biomarkers and mediators of vascular leak in dengue. Her group has identified several mediators that cause vascular leak and she has headed several clinical trials to determine efficacy of treatment for dengue. She has been the Director of the Centre for Dengue Research at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura since 2012 and has published extensively on dengue, for which she has won many awards.

Professor Malavige serves on the Publications and Education Committee, and on the External Affairs, Policy and Advocacy Committee.

Helena Maltezou
Helena Maltezou

Helena Maltezou, Greece

Dr. Maltezou is the Director of the Directorate for Research, Studies, and Documentation at the National Public Health Organization in Athens, Greece. Dr. Maltezou has a solid background in paediatrics, infectious diseases, and public health, including the supervision and development of policy-relevant research in the field of vaccine-preventable diseases, health-care associated infections, infection control and emerging infectious diseases among others. Dr Maltezou received her medical diploma at University of Crete, Greece, her post-doctoral fellowship at University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, her training in pediatrics at P. and A. Kyriakou Children Hospital, Athens, Greece, and her training in infectious diseases at University of Aix-Marseille in Marseille, France. Milestones of her research career include the study of Q fever in children, occupational vaccinations of healthcare personnel, and influenza vaccination of pregnant women.

Dr. Maltezou has acquired research, clinical and teaching experience in leading institutions in the United States, France, Italy, China and Greece, as indicated by more than 210 articles published in prestigious journals with over 8,300 citations, the edition of the English-language book Tropical and Emerging Infectious Diseases, and a history of collaborations with prestigious academic institutions in Greece and abroad. She is the recipient of the 2001 European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases Award. In 2016 Dr. Maltezou was honored with the academic title of Guest Professor by Xi’an Daxing Hospital, Shaanxi Traditional Chinese Medicine University in Xi’an, China and The Fourth Hospital of Yulin, Yulin, China, in 2017 with the academic title of Honorary Professor, The First Affiliated Hospital of Xi’an Medical University, Xi’an, China, and in 2018 with the academic title of Guest Professor by Shenmu Hospital, Shenmu, China. In addition, in 2019 Dr. Maltezou was granted the title of Visiting Professor by the University of Catania, Catania, Italy.

Connie Walyaro
Connie Walyaro

Connie Walyaro, Kenya

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