Scientific Committee

Didier  Pittet

Didier Pittet

University of Geneva Hospitals

Didier Pittet, MD, MS, is Professor of Medicine, the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Control Programme and World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety at the 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. Honorary member, All-Russian Scientific Societies of Epidemiologists, Microbiologists and Parasitologists. In 2005, Pr Pittet launched the WHO First Global Patient Safety Challenge and is currently the Lead Adviser of the WHO “SavesLives: CleanYourHands” campaign, active in almost 190 of the 194 UN member states.

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), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM/ICAAC 2016) and the Robert Koch award (2017). The book “Clean Hands Save Lives” by the French writer Thierry Crouzet (Editions L’Âge d’Homme, 2014), published in 19 languages (2020), and the movie “Clean Hands” (AFTERMEDIA, 2016), describe Didier Pittet medical odyssey to promote patient safety worldwide. Pr Pittet and T. Crouzet co-authored the book “Vaincre les épidémies” (Editions Hugo, 2020). Pr Pittet was mandated by President Emmanuel Macron to lead the independent mission to evaluate the management of the Covid-19 crisis by France in 2020.

Professor Pittet is co-author of more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 50 textbook chapters. He is the editor of the first textbook “Hand Hygiene – A Handbook for Medical Professionnals”- Pittet, Boyce, Allegranzi, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). Pr Pittet serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is an editorial consultant of the Lancet. Pr Pittet has delivered a large number of plenary/opening lectures at all major meetings/congresses in the field of infectious diseases/infection control/patient safety. He is recognized as a fascinating and very engaging speaker. Pr Pittet current research interests include the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections, methods for improving compliance with barrier precautions and hand hygiene practices, as well as innovative methods for improving the patient care and safety. Pr Pittet funded and is currently chairing “Clean Hospitals”, a unique public-private partnership in hospital environmental hygiene. He is also involved in research on the epidemiology of infectious diseases, and public and global health issues. The experience of his team in engaging nations and healthcare settings worldwide in a universal commitment to patient safety is unique.

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Clean Hospitals Project aims at reducing the burden of healthcare-associated infections all around the world by improving environmental hygiene practices.

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