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ASM 2023 – Recording of Kelsey Lecture



Joost Hopman  MD,PhD, DTM&H.


Joost works as a Medical Director and Consultant Microbiologist in the Radboud University Medical Centre (UMC) in the Netherlands. Since 2020 he has chaired the Prevention Committee, that coordinates the prevention projects and programs in the Radboud UMC. He acts as a consultant for Doctors without Borderes (Medecins sans frontieres) Amsterdam. he is an advisory board member of the Infection Control African Network (ICAN) and a board member of the Dutch IPC section of the Netherlands Society of medical Microbiology (NVMM)

During the COVID-19 pandemic he served as a member of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Environment and Engineering Control Expert Advisory Panel (ECAP) for COVID-19, the HWO ad-hoc COVID-19 expert group and the Federation Medical Specialists (FMS) Guideline development expert group IPC, the Netherlands. Furthermore he acts as chair of the COVID-19 Outbreak Management Team, University Medical Center Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Joost was invited to work as an IPC consultant for the WHO in 2014 and 2015 in the Ebola outbreak response in Geneva and Sierra Leone and this has provided him with valuable experience in international outbreaks. From 2015 – 2018 he was appointed as a senior extraordinary lecturer in community health at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is co-author of more than 50 publications in peer-review journals (among others in NEJM, JAMA network, Lancet Infectious Disease, EClinicalmedicine) and guidelines (WHO)

His research interests focuses on prevention and includes the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare associated infections, new innovative methods of implementation of prevention interventions as part of patient safety programs in both high and low resource settings and the impact of the hospital built environment on prevention and patient safety.

In 2017-2019 he was a member of the Society for healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) conference organising committee. In 2019 Joost served as a consultant for Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) focusing on IPC in the Dutch Caribbean. For his work he was elected as one of the International SHEA ambassadors in 2016 and was awarded the Radboud University medal for young potentials.

Joost is strongly committed to improve health systems in both high and low/middle income countries.