SHEA Names First Editor for Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology

New infection prevention journal to begin taking submissions March 12
March 02, 2021

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has named Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, the inaugural editor-in-chief of its new journal, Antimicrobial Stewardship & Healthcare Epidemiology (ASHE)

“Dr. Bearman was chosen from a large field of highly qualified candidates because of his energy and commitment to advancing the field of antimicrobial stewardship through innovation and strong research,” said Mary Hayden, MD, president of the SHEA Board of Trustees, who was a member of the search committee.

ASHE will be the companion journal to SHEA’s Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology (ICHE), published in partnership with Cambridge University Press, when it launches March 12. This new journal will be fully Gold Open Access and invite submissions of original investigations that will contribute to the fields of antimicrobial stewardship and the prevention of healthcare-associated infections, as well as other areas of quality improvement affecting health systems, with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare safety.

“Our primary goal in the next year is to establish a top-level editorial team to review and seek the highest quality original research, reviews, commentaries and diversity of views and representation in our field,” said Bearman. “Ultimately, we aim to build ASHE to be the premier and most innovative open-access journal in the fields of infection prevention, healthcare epidemiology, and antimicrobial stewardship to promote safe healthcare for all. With the SHEA and Cambridge teams, we have set clear goals in terms of the number and diversity of submissions, a rapid time to first decision, and the reach of our articles.” 

ASHE will begin accepting submissions on March 12, including original research, review articles, practical perspectives, and education-focused manuscripts. It will welcome submissions on broad areas of interest, including infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, healthcare epidemiology, diagnostic stewardship, healthcare worker vaccination, public health policy, and occupational health concerns including blood-borne pathogen exposure prevention. 

Bearman will serve a five-year term as editor-in-chief beginning this month and ending Dec. 31, 2025, with the possibility of one additional five-year term with the mutual agreement between the editor and the SHEA Board of Trustees. 


About ICHE
Published through a partnership between the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and Cambridge University Press, Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology provides original, peer-reviewed scientific articles for anyone involved with an infection control or epidemiology program in a hospital or healthcare facility. ICHE is ranked 41st out of 89 Infectious Disease Journals in the latest Web of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports from Thomson Reuters.

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) is a professional society representing more than 2,000 physicians and other healthcare professionals around the world who possess expertise and passion for healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, and antimicrobial stewardship. The society’s work improves public health by establishing infection-prevention measures and supporting antibiotic stewardship among healthcare providers, hospitals, and health systems. This is accomplished by leading research studies, translating research into clinical practice, developing evidence-based policies, optimizing antibiotic stewardship, and advancing the field of healthcare epidemiology. SHEA and its members strive to improve patient outcomes and create a safer, healthier future for all. Visit SHEA online at and

About Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press is part of the University of Cambridge. It furthers the University’s mission by disseminating knowledge in the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence. Its extensive peer-reviewed publishing lists comprise 45,000 titles covering academic research, professional development, over 400 research journals, school-level education, English language teaching and bible publishing. Playing a leading role in today’s international marketplace, Cambridge University Press has over 50 offices around the globe, and it distributes its products to nearly every country in the world. For further information about Cambridge University Press, visit

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