The SHEA International Ambassadors Program


Since 2009, SHEA has partnered with 3M to benefit the international community of healthcare professionals dedicated to infection prevention through our International Ambassadors Program. The program is dedicated to building collaborative relationships between U.S. and international healthcare professionals with expertise in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention.

In 2015, this program was updated to allow more Ambassadors to benefit from exposure to large US conferences dedicated to infection prevention and control. Selected ambassadors will attend the SHEA 2017 Spring Conference in St. Louis, Missouri for training and will receive a one-year membership with SHEA to foster networking opportunities and expose them to SHEA's journal and other educational opportunities that can promote knowledge dissemination. A total of 18 Ambassadors will be selected in 2018 and provided a $3,000 travel grant to assist with the costs of attending the meeting.

Response to the International Ambassadors Program has been noteworthy since its inception: over 425 applicants from around the world have sought a place in this elite group. SHEA has welcomed seventy-nine Ambassadors representing thirty-seven countries: Argentina, Bangladesh, Barbados, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Moldova, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sudan, Thailand, Togo, and Vietnam. For more information, please email  The 2019 application will open Fall 2018. 

2018 Travel Grant Applications
The SHEA International Ambassador Grants is intended to provide travel grants for accepted abstracts (oral or poster) to support travel to IDWeek 2018. Four grants of $1,000 each will be awarded. 


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

2018 Delegation

  • Chi Chung Vincent Cheng, MBBS (HK), MD (HK), MRCP (UK), FRCPath, FHKCPath, FHKAM (Pathology), Queen Mary Hospital (Hong Kong)
  • Angela Chow, PhD, MPH, MBBS, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (Singapore)
  • Analia De Cristofano, MD, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires (Argentina)
  • Jehan Ali El Kholy, MD, Jehan Ali El Kholy (Egypt)
  • Nikkiah Forbes, DM, MBBS, Ministry of Health/Princess Margaret Hospital (Bahamas)
  • Xiaodong Gao, MPH, Zhongshan Hospital, Fudan University (China)
  • Nkwan Jacob Gobte, MPH, BSN, RN, Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services (Cameroon)
  • Kathleen Deborah Manolita Jharie - Kuisch, Infection Preventionist, RN, Academic Hospital (Suriname)
  • Hajime Kanamori, MD, MPH, PhD, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine (Japan)
  • Ioannis Kopsidas, MD, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Outcomes Research (Greece)
  • Yew Fong Lee, PhD-candidate, MHM, MBBS, Ministry of Health, Malaysia (Malaysia)
  • Shyam Kumar Mishra Baishnab, MScMLT, Institute of Medicine (Nepal)
  • Rima Moghnieh, MD, Makassed General Hospital (Lebanon)
  • Rosa Ravariere-Seaman, MPH, RN, BVI Health Services Authority (British Virgin Islands)
  • Sara Rivera, MD, Hospital Maria Especialidades Pediátricas (Honduras)
  • Priscilla Rupali, MD, Christian Medical College Vellore (India)
  • Smita Sarma, MD, CIC, Medanta - The Medicity (India)
  • Hui Zhang, MSN, Infection Control Department, West China Hospital (China)  


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 were even highlighted in a textbook, Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition, published jointly with SHEA and Joint Commission International.

International Ambassadors Program Goals in 2018

  • Expand international representation of emerging leaders with a potential for influence in epidemiology in order to positively impact infection prevention on a global scale.
  • Build collaborative relationships between SHEA members and professionals in infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology that are sustainable and mutually beneficial relationships.
  • Expose participants to the latest scientific content, research and expertise related to infection prevention.
  • Introduce ambassadors to leading industry vendors that serve this market in order to facilitate access to suppliers and partners to ultimately improve quality of care.

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