TID 2019 Election
Dear TID Members,
I am pleased to announce the opening of the 2019 TID Council election.
Due to increased interest in serving on the 2019-2021 TID Council, and in accordance with the bylaws, we are happy to announce that we will seek the election of President-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer and 4 Councilors from the following areas: Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America.
I encourage you to participate in the elections to ensure that you’ve had input in the future leadership of TID for 2019-2021. To complete your ballot, follow the steps below:
- Using your TID membership login into your member account on the top right of your screen.
- Click the “TID 2019 Election” button and you will be taken to the 2019 ballot.
- The 2019 election ballot includes photos and biographical sketches of each nominee. Complete your ballot and press the submit button.
Cast your vote online today! The deadline to vote is August 1, 2019 at 11:59 PM EDT.
The future of TID depends upon your participation in this important decision-making process. The results of the election will be announced at the 12th International TID Conference taking place on November 13, 2019 in Dubai, UAE.
President-Elect (This candidate is running unopposed)
Ban Hock Tan
Secretary-Treasurer (This candidate is running unopposed)
Councilor for Europe (This candidate is running unopposed)
Jose Maria Aguado
It would be an honor to serve as councilor in the Transplant Infectious Diseases (TID) Section of The Transplantation Society (TTS). Currently, I am Professor of Medicine at the Universidad Complutense and Head of the Infectious Diseases Unit of the University Hospital in Madrid, Spain. I was past-Chairman and currently Scientific Officer of the the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) Study Group of Infection in Compromised Patients (ESGICH), and a member of the International Council of the International Immunocompromised Host Society (ICHS). I’m also Coordinator of the Program of Transplant Infections of the Spanish National Network of Infectious Diseases (REIPI), and Assistant Editor of Transplant Infectious Diseases. I have published over 390 articles, most of them related to the infection in transplant recipients.
Hopefully my candidacy can help to establish more relationships with professionals of TID in Europe. This a field still in development in many European countries and Spain occupies a position of leadership in transplantation (maximum number of donors per million people in the world). My position is responsible for the scientific activities of ESGICH and will allow me to increase the relationship between TID and ESCMID. Finally, my position in the International Council of ICHS and as Associate Editor in the TID journal would help to increase the contact with other scientific organizations and activities related with TID.
Thank you for your consideration.
Councilor for Latin America (This candidate is running unopposed)
Wanessa Trinidade Clement
I am honoured to apply for a position as a Councillor on the board of TID-TTS. I am currently a Professor at the School of Medicine of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil and I have been working in the field of Transplant Infectious Diseases (TID) for nearly 20 years as a consultant for Liver and Digestive transplant service.
My area of interest lies in quality and safety in transplantation, travel and tropical medicine, and healthcare-associated infections and this relates to my academic education, qualifications and professional experience. I hold a Ph.D. and a Master degree in overlooked infectious diseases and I was a Chair for the Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology of the Hospital das Clínicas of the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) from 2000-2018. In these last few years I have also participated as a visitor TID program in the UK, the USA and in Spain.
Recently, I was the Chief Editor for the Guideline published in 2018 regarding “Recommendations for Management of Endemic Diseases and Travel Medicine in Solid-Organ Transplant Recipients and Donors: Latin America”. I have participated in several national and international scientific meetings where I also gave talks about tropical and neglected diseases, transplant tourism and the risk for infectious diseases transmitted through organ donation. I am currently developing studies along with post-graduate students in Yellow-fever, liver failure and indication for liver transplantation; multi-resistant bacterial infections; fungal healthcare associated-infections (HAI) and also have been working in post-graduate courses and participating in several multicentric studies along with national and international study groups.
I am an advisor of the Brazilian Transplant Infection Committee and Technical group for Yellow-Fever and Liver transplantation for the National Transplant Program, and board member of the Transplant Infection Committee (COINT) of the Brazilian Organ Transplant Association (ABTO), and member of ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Compromised Hosts – ESGICH.
My participation as a Councillor for TID aims to expand the integration between Latin American countries and TID-TTS consolidating a network for education and development of competences. The TID-TTS council provides a platform for education and it is an opportunity to contribute for the diffusion of protocols and improvement in overall quality for transplantation regarding infectious diseases.
Thank you for your consideration.
Councilor for North America (Two votes in this category)
It would be an honor to serve as Councilor of the Transplant Infectious Disease Section in The Transplantation Society. Currently, I am an Associate Professor of Medicine and Surgery (Transplant). I serve as Medical Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases Program and Curriculum Director of the Transplant ID Fellowship Clinical Track at the Yale School of Medicine. I have been a member of this faculty since 2013.
I obtained my medical degree in the University of Philippines College of Medicine and completed residency in Seton Hall Graduate Medical Education. Afterwards, I did fellowships in Geriatric Medicine at University of Michigan, Infectious Diseases at University of Louisville, and Transplant Infectious Diseases at Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
I have been a member of the TID Section since 2012. I have been an active member of other transplant organizations, including the American Society of Transplantation (AST), International Society of Heart Lung Transplantation. I am currently the Lead of the AST Infectious Diseases Community of Practice Older Adult Working Group which focuses on multi-center initiatives focused on transplant-related infections and clinical outcomes of older adults. I am also serving my 3-year term as Member-at-large in the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Ad Hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee. Also, I am heavily involved in the Infectious Diseases Society of America serving as a member of the Clinical Affairs Committee.
If given the opportunity to serve this position, I plan to help promote the growth of the society, advance the field of transplantation with collaborative research activities, and support the educational strategies specific for TID.
I am honored to be nominated for Councilor of the Transplant Infectious Disease (TID) section of The Transplantation Society (TTS).
I am an attending physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Transplant and Oncology Infectious Diseases and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. I have worked in these two major solid organ and hematopoietic-cell transplant centers since I completed my fellowship in infectious diseases at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital combined program. Before coming to Boston, I received my MD degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela and did my residency in internal medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx, New York.
During my fellowship years and as a junior attending I had the unique opportunity and gift to be mentored and challenged by the late Bob Rubin, one of the founding members of the TID section of TTS. I learned from him first hand to develop a conceptual and practical framework for the approach to infectious diseases in transplant recipients which I have tried to preserve and grow during my years of practice and research. Bob’s challenges included the consolidation and growth of the Transplant Infectious Disease journal where I currently serve as editor-in-chief.
Serving as a Counselor for the TID section of TTS, I would like to have opportunity to explore and develop TID’s capacity to increase awareness and the possibility of generating funding for research projects, especially for TID members outside of the United States and Europe. I would also like to develop more synergy and growth of the educational activities the TID section already does, expanding its online content and the interactions with the TID journal.
It would be an honor for me to represent you and the interests of the transplant infectious diseases community by serving as a TID Councilor. I am currently a member of the transplant infectious diseases faculty at Emory University School of Medicine and the clinical lead of our cardiothoracic transplant infectious diseases program. My clinical and research interests relate to the epidemiology and management of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative infections in transplant recipients, as well as their impact on patient and graft outcomes. I am active within the transplant community, serving as Chair of the American Society of Transplantation Infectious Diseases Community of Practice’s Multidrug-Resistant Organisms Working Group and as the Standards & Guidelines Workforce Leader for the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation’s Infectious Diseases Council. I am also an incoming member of the Organ Procurement & Transplantation Network ad hoc Disease Transmission Advisory Committee.
I have been a member of TTS and the TID Section since 2018. In this context, I have the honor of serving as an invited speaker at the upcoming 12th International Transplant Infectious Disease Conference in Dubai and as the TTS 2020 Sub-Committee Co-Chair for the Infectious Diseases Track. A position on the TTS Council would provide me with an opportunity to further advocate for our patients and foster international networking and collaboration among individuals dedicated to the field of transplantation and transplant infectious diseases. I would also welcome the chance to promote educational and mentorship opportunities for trainees interested in transplant infectious diseases.