Professor Didier Pittet is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Infection Control Programme & World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on Patient Safety, University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine, 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. Professor Pittet is Lead Adviser of WHO “Clean Care is Safe Care” programme.
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” (Thierry Crouzet; L’Âge d’Homme, 2014), published in 18 languages (2017), and the movie “Clean Hands” (AFTERMEDIA, 2016), describe Didier Pittet medical odyssey to promote patient safety worldwide.
Co-author of more than 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and 50 textbook chapters. Editor of the first textbook “Hand Hygiene – A Handbook for Medical Professionnals”- Pittet, Boyce, Allegranzi, Wiley-Blackwell, 2017). Professor Pittet serves on the editorial boards of several journals and is an editorial consultant of the Lancet.