Neil O. Fishman, MD, MA, FSHE A, FIDSA

Neil O. Fishman, MD, MA, FSHE A, FIDSA, is associate chief medical officer for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. 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. He served as president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America in 2010 and during his tenure founded the SHEA Education & Research Foundation. He currently chairs SHEA’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee.

Dr. Fishman’s will present the SHEA Lectureship at IDWeek 2017 with a presentation titled, “My Worlds Collide: Infectious Diseases and High Reliability in Healthcare.”  His presentation will describe the principles of high reliability organizations. It will also discuss how infectious diseases physicians, healthcare epidemiologists, and antimicrobial stewardship leaders can promote interventions to achieve high reliability in healthcare and influence behavior change in the context of a high reliability model.