Education & Research Foundation

International Ambassadors Program



Since 2009, SHEA has partnered with 3M to launch the International Ambassadors Program, which is dedicated to building collaborative relationships between U.S. and international healthcare professionals with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention.

Each year, SHEA sponsors 10-12 ambassadors from around the world to attend SHEA's Annual Scientific Meeting, IDWeek,  and the SHEA Spring Conference. Ambassadors are also given a one-year membership in the society to foster networking and expose them to SHEA's journal and other educational opportunities that can promote knowledge dissemination.  SHEA continues work with new Ambassadors and program alumnae to identify new educational content to, partnership opportunities and other efforts to support individual goals for education, guideline and policy development and building regional networks.

Response to the International Ambassador Program has been noteworthy since its inception: over 345 applicants from around the world have sought a place in this elite group. SHEA has welcomed sixty-two Ambassadors representing thirty five countries (Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, Vietnam).

SHEA 2014 Ambassadors Map


SHEA gratefully acknowledges the financial generosity of 3M Corporation, which supports the International Ambassador Program.


The impact of this program within the Ambassadors’ regions as well as for SHEA’s international network is significant and continues to evolve. Ambassadors have organized training courses and educational meetings addressing infection prevention and control and antimicrobial stewardship in India, China, Brazil, and the Philippines. Ambassadors have collaborated on a variety of projects, including: outbreak investigation (India), educational programs (India; Philippines), development of professional networks within a country (Kenya), and research.  Several ambassadors are highlighted in a new textbook, Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition, published jointly with SHEA and Joint Commission International.


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International Ambassadors Program Goals

  • Build collaborative relationships between SHEA and professionals in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology working abroad.
  • Expand international representation of emerging leaders in epidemiology.
  • Expose international participants to SHEA scientific content.
  • Export SHEA-based expertise to resource-limited settings.
  • Expand international SHEA membership and create networks.
  • Build a cadre of potential collaborators and investigators for SHEA research and education projects.


2014 Delegation

  • Debora Mello, MSN, RN, Coordenação de Vigilância em Saúde (São Paulo, Brazil)
  • Workeabeba Abebe Taye, MD, MPH, School of Medicine, Addis Ababa University (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia )
  • Carmen Soria Segarra, MD, Hospital Luis Vernaza (Guayaquil, Ecuador)
  • Nadeem Masih, RN, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital Research Centre (Lahore, Pakistan)
  • Majesté Ihou Wateba, MD, University of Lomé (Lomé, Togo)
  • Nagwa Mustafa El Amin, MD, PhD, Soba University Hospital (Al Kharţūm, Sudan)
  • Savitha Nagaraj,MBBS, MD, DNB, St. Johns Medical College and Hospital (Bangalore, India)
  • Fredrick Wambu, RN, Nairobi Hospital (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Indumathi Venkatachalam, MPH, MBBS, National University Health System, Singapore (Singapore)
  • Diana Vilar-Compte, MD, MSc, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología (Mexico City, Mexico)

2013 Delegation

  • Regina Berba, MD, MSc, Philippine General Hospital (Manila, Philippines)
  • Angela Dramowski, MBChB, FCPaed, MMed, Stellenbosch University (Cape Town, South Africa)
  • Stela Gheorghita, MD, PhD, National Center of Public Health (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova)
  • Ágnes Hajdu, MD, National Center for Epidemiology (Budapest, Hungary)
  • Mohammad Mushtuq Husain, MBBS, DAND, MPhil, PhD, Institute Of Epidemiology, Disease Control & Research (Dhaka, Bangladesh)
  • Basudha Khanal, MBBS, MD, BP Koirala Institute Of Health Sciences (Dharan, Nepal)
  • Katerina Mougkou, MD, National Kapodistrian University, Athens School of Medicine (Athens, Greece)
  • Chimanjita Phukan, MD, Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (Guwahati, India)
  • Peter Pindan, National Department of Health Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea)
  • Maria Inés Staneloni, MD, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  • Cheng Ying, MD, PhD, China CDC (Beiing, China)

2012 Delegation

  • Aziz O. Abdallah, MD, MS, HIVMAN, University Research Corporation, LLC, (Windhoek, Namibia)
  • Pierre Abi Hanna, MD, MPH, Rafik Hariri University Hospital (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • Martha I. Alvarez Larrañaga, MD, MPH, Fundacion Cardioinfantil IC (Cundinamarca, Colombia)
  • Hitoshi Honda, MD, Teine Keijinkai Medical Center (Hokkaido, Japan)
  • Ali Miraj Khan, MBBS, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, (Dhaka, Bangledesh) (deceased)
  • Hong Bin Kim, MD, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital (Seongnam, Korea)
  • Admasu T. Mamuye, MD, Addis Ababa University School of Medicine (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
  • Maria Alejandra Marcotti, MD, Clinica Alemana (Santiago, Chile)
  • Joseph Ogirima Ovosi, MBBS, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (Kaduna, Northern Nigeria)
  • Tamer Saied, MD, MSC, U.S. Naval Medical Research (Cairo, Egypt)
  • Sung Won Yoon Chang, RN, PhD, IC, Samsung Medical Center (Seoul, Korea)

Dr. Khan passed away shortly after submitting his application, and SHEA did not learn of his passing until after awarding him this honor.  For 2012, Dr. Khan has been named an honorary International Ambassador.

2011 Delegation

  • Romanee Chaiwarith, MD, MHS, Chiang Mai University (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
  • Matan Cohen, MD, MPH, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • Mirian Dalben, MD, Universidade de Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Arti Kapil, MD, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (New Delhi, India)
  • Vikas Manchanda, MD, Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya (Delhi, India)
  • Rose Ngugi, RN, The Nairobi Hospital (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Michael Oji, MBBS, Lagoon Hospital (Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Andrea Restrepo, MD, Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe (Antioguia, Colombia)
  • Le Anh Thu, MD, PhD, Cho Ray Hospital (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam)
  • Zhiyong Zong, PhD, MBBS, MS, West China Hospital (Sichuan, China)

2010 Delegation

  • Carlos Alvarez, MD, MSc, Hospital Universitario San Ignacio, Javeriana University  (Bogota, Colombia)
  • Wu Anhua, MD, PhD, Xiangya Hospital,Central South University (Hunan, China)
  • Susan Anumo Otieno, MPH, RN, Kenyatta University (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Anita Arora, MD, MBBS, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute and Research Centre (Delhi, India)
  • Sheila Donlon, MD, Health Protection Surveillnace Centre (Cavan Town, Ireland)
  • Nordiah Jalil, MD, MSc, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
  • Silma Pinheiro, PhD, RN, MSc, Federal University of Minas Gerais (Minas Gerias, Brazil)
  • Josephine Anne Navoa-Ng, MD, St. Luke's Medical Center (Manila, Philippines)
  • Sanjeev Singh, MD, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences (Kerala, India)
  • Graciela Solache-Alcaraz, MD, Hospital General de México, OD, Health Ministry (Mexico City, Mexico)

2009 Delegation

  • María Cristina Ajenjo, MD, Internal Medicine, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, Chile)
  • Ícaro Boszczowski, MD, MSc, Hospital das Clínicas University of Sao Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
  • Ana Correa, MD, Hospital Pablo Tobon Uribe (Antioquia, Colombia
  • Bijie Hu, MD, Zhongshan Hospital of Fudan University (Shanghai, China)
  • Nongyao Kasatpibal, PhD, RN, MNS, Chaing Mai University (Chaing Mai, Thailand)
  • Linus Ndegwa, MPHE, HCS, PGD Ophth, Centres for Disease Control- CDC (Nairobi, Kenya)
  • Anand Manoharan, PhD, MPH, MSc, Christian Medical College & Hospital (Tamil Nadu, India)
  • Alex Owusu-Ofori, MD, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (Kumasi, Ghana)
  • Akihiko Saitoh, MD, PhD, FAAP, National Center for Child Health and Development Director (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Sharmila Sengupta, MD, SRL Lab, Fortis Hospital (Delhi, India)
  • Mohammed Youbi, MD, Ministry of Health (Rabat, Morocco)

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