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Neil Fishman, M.D.

Dr. Fishman is the Director of the Department of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control and the Director of the Antimicrobial Management Program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. 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, the relationship between antimicrobial use and the emergence of resistance, and interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections. 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, risk factors for emergence of fluoroquinolone resistance, a randomized controlled trial of antimicrobial management strategies, and electronic surveillance for antimicrobial errors. He is also President-Elect of Division L (Infection Control) of the American Society of Microbiology.

Selected publications:

Fishman NO. Antimicrobial management and cost containment in Mandall GL, Bennet JE, Dolin R (eds), Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases,Fifth Edition. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 539-546. 2000. (Revised chapter for 6th edition in press)

Metlay JP, Branas CC, Fishman NO: Hospital-reported pneumococcal susceptibility to penicillin. Emerging Infect Dis 2004;10:54-9.

Lautenbach E, Strom BL, Nachamkin I, Bilker WB, Marr AM, LaRosa LA, Fishman NO: Longitudinal trends in fluoroquinolone resistance among enterobacteriaceae isolates from inpatients and outpatients, 1989-2000: Differences in the emergence and epidemiology of resistance across organisms. Clin Infect Dis 2004;38:655-62.

Also see Guidelines for Antimicrobial Therapy at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania at

Neil Fishman, M.D.
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Medical School: Temple University
ID Training: University of Pennsylvania
Academic Rank: Associate Professor of Medicine