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Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Bayer Fellow in Health & Biotech - Class of Spring 2023

Mary E. Wilson is Clinical Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of California, San Francisco, and Adjunct Professor of Global Health and Population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She received a BA from Indiana University and MD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed an internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Wilson’s academic interests include antibiotic resistance, the ecology of infections and emergence of microbial threats, travel medicine, tuberculosis, and vaccines. She was a resident scholar at the Bellagio Study Center and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


Wilson was a member of the Pew National Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, whose report, Putting Meat on the Table: Industrial Farm Animal Production in America, was released in 2008. She is the author of A World Guide to Infections: Diseases, Distribution, Diagnosis (Oxford, 1991); senior editor, with Richard Levins and Andrew Spielman, of Disease in Evolution: Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases (NY Academy of Sciences, 1994); editor of New and Emerging Infectious Diseases (Medical Clinics of North America, 2008); author of Antibiotics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford, 2019); and is a medical editor for the CDC’s Health Information for International Travel (Yellow Book). Wilson has served as an advisor to the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network and is a contributing editor for NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases.


Chief of infectious diseases at Mount Auburn Hospital for more than two decades, Wilson is a fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America, American College of Physicians, American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, and International Society of Travel Medicine. She has served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the CDC and National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, and on six committees for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Wilson has worked in Haiti at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital and led the Harvard-Brazil Collaborative Course in Public Health taught in Brazil. She has served on the board of trustees at icddr,b, in Bangladesh, advisory board for the Fogarty International Center at the US National Institutes of Health, advisory committee for the Harvard’s FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, board of visitors for the Global Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin, and board of directors for One Health Trust (Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics, and Policy).

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