Meet the AI Academy Steering Committee

Meet the AI Academy Steering Committee

Ronald F. Grossman

Ronald F. Grossman

Professor of Medicine

University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ronald F. Grossman is Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Ontario, and previous Chief of Medicine, Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.

He has served as Chairman of the National Information Program on Antibiotics, a coalition of many medical and public health societies. This coalition was established to encourage the appropriate use of antibiotics among physicians and patients.

Professor Grossman’s major research and teaching interests are in respiratory tract infections. He has participated in the creation of Canadian and American guidelines for the management of community-acquired pneumonia, Canadian guidelines for the management of hospital-acquired pneumonia and Canadian and international guidelines for the management of acute exacerbations of chronic obstructive lung disease. 

He has published over 90 articles in a wide number of medical journals including the New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Medicine and Chest.

Christian Eckmann

Christian Eckmann

Head of the Department of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery

Klinikum Hannoversch-Münden in Münden, Germany

Professor for Clinical Research in Surgical Infections

Göttingen University, Germany

Christian Eckmann serves as Head of the Department of General, Visceral and Thoracic Surgery at the Klinikum Hannoversch-Münden in Münden, Germany, and is Professor for Clinical Research in Surgical Infections at Göttingen University, Germany.

Professor Eckmann is Head of the intra-abdominal infections section of the expert panel for the German national guidelines on antimicrobial treatment of infections and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. He is also a member of an expert panel of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control for optimising perioperative antibiotic prophylaxis and a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Study Group for Infections in Critically Ill Patients (ESGCIP).

His scientific interests include complicated intra-abdominal infections and complicated skin and soft tissue infections with a focus on the treatment of infections caused by resistant bacteria, fungi and infections due to Clostridioides difficile. Furthermore, he is involved in scientific projects on healthcare economics in infectious diseases. He has published over 150 articles in peer-reviewed journals and more than 25 book articles. In 2019, he was appointed as a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Acute Care Surgery.

Vu Van Giap

Vu Van Giap

Deputy Director, Respiratory Center

Bach Mai Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam

Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer

Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam

Vu Van Giap is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Sydney in Australia. He is also the Deputy Director of the Respiratory Center at the Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Associate Professor and Senior Lecturer at Hanoi Medical University.

He is the General Secretary of the Vietnam Respiratory Society and helped develop the Vietnam national antimicrobial recommendation (2015), the consensus recommendation for paediatric respiratory infection (2018), and the Vietnam national guideline for the diagnosis and management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (2018). Dr Giap is on the faculty of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health antimicrobial stewardship programme.

Having co-authored 80 published articles and 20 book chapters, Dr Giap has made important contributions to the study of respiratory diseases. He is also a member of the American Thoracic Society, European Respiratory Society, and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

Javaid Khan

Javaid Khan

Professor and Consultant Chest Physician

Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan

Javaid Khan is currently a Professor and Consultant Chest Physician at the Section of Pulmonology and Critical Care Medicine, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan. He is also serving as the Chair of the National Alliance for Tobacco Control. Professor Khan graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi and received his postgraduate training at Cardiff, Birmingham and Derby in the UK. He is one of the key anti-tobacco advocates in Pakistan, who helped to establish anti-tobacco laws in the country.

In 2007, Professor Khan received a certificate of appreciation from the United Nation Environmental Programme for his contributions to the award of Nobel Peace Prize to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In 2009, the World Health Organization awarded him a medal for his anti-tobacco efforts in Pakistan. As a pulmonologist, he has delivered over 500 lectures at various national and international conferences. He also has over 120 publications to his credit in the field of medicine, mainly pulmonology. His areas of interest in pulmonology are smoking cessation, tuberculosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Professor Khan has also received an ‘outstanding teacher’ award from the Aga Khan University on several occasions.

Hoe Nam Leong

Hoe Nam Leong

Infectious disease specialist

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore

Hoe Nam Leong is an infectious disease specialist practicing at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, Singapore. His clinical interest is in the treatment of complex infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and surgical complications, especially for transplant patients and patients with multidrug-resistant organisms.

When he began his advanced specialist training in infectious diseases, Dr Leong pursued his interest in virology at the Royal Free and University College Medical School, London, UK, under a fellowship awarded by the National Medical Research Council. In 2008, he was awarded a second research fellowship to train at the University of Columbia, New York, USA on emerging pathogens.

Dr Leong was previously a consultant at the Department of Infectious Disease in Singapore General Hospital before setting up his own clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

Dr Leong has published several research papers on virology. His interests include Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme, Vaccines and Virology.

Wang-Huei Sheng

Wang-Huei Sheng

Professor of Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Wang-Huei Sheng is currently Professor of Medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine of the National Taiwan University Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, where his previous roles were Director of the Center for Infection Control and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases.

Dr Sheng gained his medical degree at the Taipei Medical University in 1992, after which he did his residency at the National Taiwan University Hospital. He spent 3 years as an Attending Physician at the Provincial Taoyuan Hospital in Taoyuan, Taiwan, followed by 2 years with the AIDS Research Center of the Department of Health, Taiwan. In 2007, he gained his PhD from the National Taiwan University.

Dr Sheng is a currently a member of the Society of Emergency Medicine, the Society of Internal Medicine, the Society of Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, the Society of AIDS Research, and the Society of Hospital Infection Control in Taiwan.

His research interests include infection control of multidrug-resistant bacteria and human immunodeficiency virus/viral hepatitis co-infections. Dr Sheng’s publications include more than 150 Science Citation Index manuscripts from 1998 to 2019.

Mark Wilcox

Mark Wilcox

Consultant Microbiologist and Head of Research and Development in Microbiology

Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust, Leeds, UK

Professor of Medical Microbiology

University of Leeds, UK

Mark Wilcox is a Consultant Microbiologist and Head of Research and Development in Microbiology at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service (NHS) Trust (LTHT), Leeds, UK, where he is also Infection Lead of the National Institute for Health Research Diagnostic Technologies Medical Technology and In Vitro Diagnostic Co-operative. In addition, he is Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds and Lead on Clostridium difficile for Public Health England (PHE).

Professor Wilcox has many medical advisory roles, including to the UK Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (on COVID-19), to the National Infection Prevention and Control Lead (NHS Improvement/England), and the Medical Research Council’s Infection and Immunity Panel. He also serves as Chair of the PHE’s Rapid Review Panel and as a member of the UK NHS Antimicrobial Resistance Programme Board.

Research carried out by the Healthcare Associated Infection Research Group that he leads at Leeds University (, includes the multiple aspects of Clostridioides difficile infection, diagnostics, antibiotic resistance and the gut microbiome, infection prevention and control interventions, and the clinical development of new antimicrobial agents

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