John C. Alverdy, MD, the Sara and Harold Lincoln Thompson professor of surgery and executive vice chair of the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine, has been named president-elect of the Surgical Infection Society.
Alverdy was chosen at the 34th annual Society meeting in Baltimore on May 1-3. He will assume the presidency, succeeding current president William G. Cheadle, at the society’s 35th annual meeting, to be held in Los Angeles in April 2015.
“This is a great honor and a chance to help apply years of research on novel ways to understand and prevent surgical infections,” Alverdy said. “Infections after surgery can be devastating and there is no better body of expertise than the membership of the SIS to lead the way toward new prevention strategies. One of our priorities is to prevent infection and sepsis following surgery. Infection rates are not decreasing in surgical patients and more research and education is needed.”
The Surgical Infection Society (SIS), established in 1982 by scholars who specialized in the study of surgical infections, has more than 550 members, including physicians, scientists, pharmacists, industry members, and nurses. Members of the society advance understanding of the causes and prevention of surgical infections through research, education and public awareness. The society publishes the widely respected journal, Surgical Infections. Past presidents include leaders in American surgery.
Read more about the SIS and Alverdy’s work in our Newsroom. Science Life spoke to Dr. Alverdy in 2013 after he operated on a mother of triplets suffering from a rare digestive disorder called SMA syndrome.