Profession & Career

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ESCMID Excellence Awardee 2012

Emilio Bouza, Madrid, Spain
Director of the Microbiology and Infectious Disease Division, Gregorio Maranon Hospital, Madrid, Spain

He is also a full professor of the Department of Medicine at the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. Emilio Bouza is a specialist in Internal Medicine and Clinical Microbiology. He did his Internship and Residency at Hospital Puerta de Hierro Hospital in Madrid between 1971 and 1975 (Autonomous University of Madrid). From 1975–1977, he did a post-doctoral training in Infectious Diseases at the Center for the Health Sciences of the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA). His main mentors were William Hewitt, Sidney Finegold, Richard Meyer and Lowell Young.
In 1977 he founded one of the first modern Infectious Disease units in Madrid (Spain) at the Ramon y Cajal Hospital, integrating microbiologists and internists, in Fernando Baquero’s department. He remained leader of that unit until 1984.
Emilio Bouza was a founding member (1982) and former president of the Spanish Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (SEIMC), created with the objective of bringing together clinicians and microbiologists for the better management and care of infectious diseases.
Since 1984 he is the Director of the Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in the Gregorio Maranon Hospital, a division that
combines the work of internists, infectious disease specialists, microbiologists and basic scientists.
He has trained more than 30 rounds of residents in clinical microbiology and infectious diseases and has provided specifi c post-doc training to more than 500 physicians and clinical microbiologists from Spain and other countries. His centre is one of the ESCMID Collaborative Centres.
He held several positions within ESCMID, including elected Member of the Executive Committee and Secretary General of the Society. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Microbiology and Infection for a period of 4 years, following Professor Jacques Acar’s editorship. Emilio Bouza was the fi rst Chairman of the Study Group of Nosocomial Infections (ESGNI) and during this period the group
produced the ten initial ESGNI pan-European studies in fields such as bacteraemia, catheter-related infections, urinary-tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and staphylococcal colonisation.
He has authored more than 500 indexed publications and is author of over 100 book chapters.
His research interests lie in the diagnosis and treatment of nosocomial infections including ventilator-associated pneumonia, catheter-related
infections, invasive fungal infections, bloodstream infections, endocarditis, staphylococcal infections and Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea. His present Hirsch Index is 44.