Neil Fishman, MD

Neil O. Fishman, MD, is Director of Infection Control and the Antimicrobial Management Program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the guest co-editor of the ICHE's dedicated issue on Antimicrobial Stewardship (April 2012). He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the SHEA Education & Research Foundation. He is also an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His research focuses on outcome assessment and quality management issues in infectious diseases. Specific interests include models to improve the use of antibiotics, risk factors for the emergence of resistance, and the relationship between antimicrobial use and the emergence of resistance.

He received the 1996 Abbott Achievement Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America in recognition of his ongoing efforts to improve antibiotic utilization throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System and for a proposal to study the effects of a comprehensive antimicrobial management program on the quality and cost of patient care in community hospitals. Additional ongoing studies include an investigation of risk factors for the emergence of drug resistant pneumococci and a randomized controlled trial of antimicrobial management strategies. Dr. Fishman trained in infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania and received his medical degree at Temple University.