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Editorial introductions

Editor(s): Stevens, Dennis L.; Diavatopoulos, Dimitri A.; Bhimraj, Adarsh

Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases: June 2020 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p v-vi
doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000649
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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 to 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.


Dennis L. Stevens

Dennis L. Stevens

Dr Dennis L. Stevens is an internationally-recognized authority on the pathogenesis and treatment of life-threatening toxin-mediated necrotizing soft tissue infections. He is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, USA and Director of the NIH-funded Idaho Biomedical Research Collaborative on Emerging/Reemerging Infectious Diseases at the Boise VA Medical Center.

He has published more than 160 original articles and 80 book chapters. His seminal 1989 New England Journal of Medicine report alerted physicians to the reemergence of severe group A streptococcal disease and invigorated research into its pathogenesis. His research unraveled key host-pathogen interactions that mediate this infection and provided scientific rationale for improved clinical management that includes inhibition of bacterial toxin production and/or activity. His group has investigated the roles of exotoxins in the pathogenesis of other necrotizing infections, such as those caused by Clostridium species and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Young investigators in his Center of Excellence now study the cellular and molecular mechanisms of adenovirus pathogenesis and host-pathogen interactions in diabetic wound infections.

Dr Stevens authored an invited comprehensive review on Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in December 2017. He is Chair of the Infectious Disease Society of America's (IDSA) Guidelines Committee for the Treatment of Skin and Soft Tissue Infections and received the IDSA's Society Citation in 2000 for his outstanding achievements in infectious diseases research, clinical investigation, and clinical practice. He was a key member of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's working group on severe streptococcal infections that established the consensus definition of Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome. He has contributed chapters on severe invasive infections to major medical textbooks, to the American Society for Microbiology's Manual of Clinical Microbiology, and to the electronic medical reference, UpToDate. He has also written several in-depth basic science monographs, including the NIH e-book Streptococcus pyogenes: Basic Biology to Clinical Manifestations, The Comprehensive Sourcebook of Bacterial Protein Toxins, and The Clostridia: Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis. He is editor of Netter's Infectious Diseases, of Streptococcal Infections: Clinical Aspects, Microbiology, and Molecular Pathogenesis, volume editor for Essential Atlas of Infectious Diseases for Primary Care, and section editor for Current Opinion in Infectious Disease. Internationally, he gave an invited endowed lectureship to the Royal Society of Physicians in Edinburgh, Scotland, and has been Visiting Professor at more than 30 international institutions. In 2018, Dr Stevens received a Lifetime Achievement award from the VA Society of Practioners in Infectious Diseases for his contributions to clinical medicine, basic science research and teaching.

Dimitri A. Diavatopoulos

Dimitri A. Diavatopoulos

Dimitri A. Diavatopoulos is Assistant Professor at the Radboud Center for Infectious Diseases, within the Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Dr Diavatopoulos studied Bioprocess Engineering at Wageningen University (the Netherlands), after which he obtained his PhD at Utrecht University (the Netherlands), where he started his work on Bordetella pertussis. He has held postdoctoral positions at the University of Melbourne, where he worked on the immunology of influenza-pneumococcal co-infections and at the Radboud University Medical Center.

Dr Diavatopoulos currently heads a research group focusing on understanding how immune function is (re)programmed during life, with a specific focus on the role of innate immunity during vaccination and infection. He has initiated and is Work Package leader in the PERISCOPE project, a public-private consortium aimed at accelerating the development, evaluation and registration of novel pertussis vaccines. Dr Diavatopoulos is Chair of the Vaccinology Division of the Royal Dutch Society of Microbiology (KNVM). He has co-authored 50 papers in international peer-reviewed journals on viral-bacterial infections, respiratory tract infections, innate immunity and vaccination. He has served as a project reviewer for the NHMRC (Australia), the MRC (UK) and the Institut Pasteur (France). Dr Diavatopoulos also has a part-time appointment at the National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM).

Adarsh Bhimraj

Adarsh Bhimraj

Dr Adarsh Bhimraj is head of the section of neurologic infectious diseases at Cleveland clinic, which is a dedicated service that provides year-round inpatient and outpatient consultation in neuro-ID. He was a panelist on IDSA's (Infectious Diseases Society of America) and NCS's (Neuro Critical care Society) guideline panels related to Health care associated meningitis. He is a member of the IEC (International encephalitis consortium) and is also on the program committee for the annual conference IDWeek. He has authored chapters on neurologic infections, in several books including Mandell's Infectious Diseases and Greenberg's Neurosurgery. He has given talks and been a panelist, in sessions on neurologic infections, at international conferences like IDWeek and ECCMID.

He has a passion for teaching and won the internal medicine residency teacher of the year award twice. He was an associate Program director for the Internal Medicine residency program, at Cleveland Clinic, from 2011–2015 and was the director of clinical reasoning teaching. He likes to teach medical history and reason with ‘picture puzzles’ on rounds and host ‘ID BugBowl’ the annual jeopardy styled quiz contest for trainees at IDweek. He is the principle director for the Cleveland Clinic internal medicine review course for the last 7 years, which is 31 years old.

In his leisure time he loves to read or rather dabble in philosophy, epistemology, psychology and history. He also likes to run and backpack.

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