Didier Pittet, MD, MS, CBE
Professor of Medicine, Hospital Epidemiologist
Director, Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine
Didier Pittet, MD, MS, is Professor of Medicine, the Hospital Epidemiologist & Director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland. He holds Honorary Professorships at Imperial College London, UK, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Health Science, and the First Medical School of the Fu, Shanghai, China. Fellow, Royal Society of Medicine, Ireland. Professor Pittet is Lead Adviser of the WHO “Clean Care is Safe Care” & the African Partnerships for Patient Safety programmes, Patient Safety, WHO Headquarter.
Professor Pittet is the recipient of several national and international honours including a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) awarded by Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II for services to the prevention of healthcare-associated infection in the UK (2007), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Lectureship for his contribution to infection control and healthcare epidemiology (2008), the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases’ Award for Excellence (2009) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM/ICAAC 2016). The book “Clean Hands Save Lives” by the French writer Thierry Crouzet (2014), published in 17 languages, and the movie “Clean Hands” (2016), describe Didier Pittet medical odyssey to promote patient safety worldwide.
Professor Pittet is co-author of more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 50 textbook chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of several journals and editorial consultant for the Lancet. The experience of his team in engaging nations and healthcare settings worldwide in a universal commitment to patient safety is unique.