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Editor(s): Bassetti, Matteo; Niederman, Michael S.

Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases: April 2016 - Volume 29 - Issue 2 - p v
doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000260
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Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases was launched in 1988. It is part of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of infectious diseases is divided into 11 sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Section Editors for this issue.


Matteo Bassetti

Matteo Bassetti

Matteo Bassetti is Head of the Infectious Diseases Division of the Santa Maria Misericordia University Hospital, Udine, Italy. He is also Professor of Infectious Diseases at School of Medicine of the University of Udine. Dr Bassetti studied at the University of Genoa School of Medicine, Italy, and continued his medical education at the Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA, with an Infectious Diseases fellowship. He also completed a PhD in Solid Organ Transplantation and Infectious Diseases at the University of Genoa School of Medicine.

Dr Bassetti is the Secretary of the Infectious Diseases Group of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and Vice-Chair of the Critically Ill Study Group of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID). Dr Bassetti is also Co-Chair of the Intra-abdominal Infections Study Group and Secretary of the Bone, Skin and Soft Tissue Infections of the International Society of Chemotherapy (ISC). Dr Bassetti is a member of many professional societies, including the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and ESCMID. He is the Vice-President of Italian Society of Anti-infective Therapy (SITA). He serves on the editorial board of several journals including Intensive Care Medicine (Associate-Section Editor), Italian Journal of Medicine (Section Editor), Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance, Reviews in Medical Microbiology, Journal of Chemotherapy, Infectious Disease, Scientific Reports and is a reviewer for various international journals. He has been principal investigator for many trials on antibiotics and antifungal agents. Dr Bassetti has authored or co-authored over 250 papers published in international peer-reviewed journals with more than 4500 citations (Hindex 35).

Michael S. Niederman

Michael S. Niederman

Michael S. Niederman is Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, USA. He obtained his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine, USA, and then completed his training in internal medicine at Northwestern University School of Medicine, USA, before undertaking a pulmonary and critical care fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine, USA.

His interests lie in respiratory tract infections, and include mechanisms of airway colonization, the management of community- and hospital-acquired pneumonia, the role of guidelines for pneumonia, and the impact of antibiotic resistance on the management and outcomes of respiratory tract infections. He has published over 350 peer reviewed or review articles, and has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally. Dr Niederman served as co-chairman of the committees that created the American Thoracic Society 1993 and 2001 guidelines for the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia and the 1996 and 2005 committees that wrote guidelines for the treatment of nosocomial pneumonia. He was a member of the American Thoracic Society/Infectious Diseases Society of America committee that published guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia in 2007. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Pulmonary Medicine, and has served on the editorial boards of The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, Critical Care, Intensive Care Medicine and Chest.

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