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John Stelling

1991 Global Fellow
Founder of WHONET

John Stelling 1991 Global Fellow

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Build and support the community needed for tracking microbial populations worldwide and to provide the information base required for effective containment and control.


Dr. John Stelling is CO-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance based at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University and Master’s in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. In 1991, Dr. Stelling graduated from Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division of Health Sciences and Technology and in 1995 completed an internship in family practice at San Francisco General Hospital. The focus of his work has been to support public health infrastructure for laboratory services, including three years as a Medical Officer with the World Health Organization Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring Unit, and advancing data management tools for laboratory-based surveillance of infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. Since 1989, He has developed, disseminated and supported the free WHONET software, currently used to support surveillance activities in over 120 countries in over 2,300 hospital, public health, food, and veterinary laboratories.

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