David L. Paterson is a Professor of Medicine at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR). He is also a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, Consultant Microbiologist and Medical Advisor for the Centre for Healthcare Related Infection Surveillance and Prevention (CHRISP).
Professor Paterson's clinical work, research and teaching has been honoured and recognised internationally. He received both his medical degree and PhD from The University of Queensland. In 2007, Professor Paterson returned to Brisbane after spending ten years at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, one of the leading academic medical institutions in The United States. His work at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center included appointments as Chief of Transplant Infectious Diseases and Director of the Antibiotic Management Program. In 2000 he was one of two recipients of the prestigious American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Merck Irving Sigal Memorial Award for "Significant Research in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases". He received the 2008 Frank Fenner Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases by the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) and in 2009 he was the winner of a Queensland Health Senior Clinical Research Fellowship.
Professor Paterson is the author of more than 235 peer-reviewed publications, of which nearly half have been published in the last three years. He has authored more than 30 book chapters and is a member of the editorial board of two leading Infectious Diseases journals. He is regularly invited to speak at leading national and international conferences and has lectured in 27 countries.
His research interest includes study of the molecular and clinical epidemiology of infections with antibiotic resistant organisms. The focus of this work is the translation of knowledge into optimal prevention and treatment of these infections. Professor Paterson has received research funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Professor Paterson has mentored a number of prominent emerging leaders in the field of Infectious Diseases. These include Anton Y. Peleg MBBS FRACP, 2009 winner of the ASM Merck Irving Sigal Memorial Award, and two Assistant Professors based at The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Yohei Doi MD PhD and Fernanda Silveira MD.
Professor Paterson's research laboratory is led by Hanna Sidjabat PhD.