U.S. PIRG Director, Campaign to Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics
Matt Wellington is the Antibiotics Campaign Director for U.S. PIRG and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund. He develops communications strategies, drafts campaign plans, builds strong coalitions, and makes the case directly to elected officials and CEO's of major food companies to stop the overuse of antibiotics in meat production.
Matt has directed successful initiatives to convince restaurant chains, including McDonald’s, KFC, and Subway, to source meat raised without routine antibiotics. He mobilizes a network of health experts that are effective spokespeople and advocates for reducing antibiotic use. Matt's work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall St. Journal, CNN, and more. He has also guest lectured at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Yale University, and spoken at the Association of Health Care Journalism and the World Health Assembly.
STACIA CLINTON, RDN
Health Care Without Harm, National Program Director, Healthy Food in Health Care Program
Stacia Clinton, RDN, is the Program Director for the Healthy Food in Health Care Program, an initiative of the the global non-profit organization Health Care Without Harm. As a Registered Dietitian, she guides local and sustainable institutional purchasing and policy action through their network of healthcare facilities and serves as an advisor to the organization on the impact of diet on individual and environmental health. She assisted in founding the Clinician Champions in Comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship (CCCAS) collaborative, a joint effort of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society, U.S. Public Interest Research Group, Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship working group and Health Care Without Harm. Stacia has experience in the field of food service and clinical nutrition management with past positions in small and large scale health care facilities. She speaks internationally on topics related to the intersection of human and environmental health. She is a contributing author to the book Promoting Biodiversity in Food Systems released in 2018 and her commentary has been featured in a diversity of media outlets such as National Public Radio (NPR), Today’s Dietitian, Food Service Director Magazine and Time Magazine.
JASON NEWLAND MD, MEd
St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Jason Newland, MD MEd FPIDS is a Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University in St. Louis and the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. His current research spotlights the use of antimicrobials and the impact of an antimicrobial stewardship program at a children’s hospital. He is a co-founder of the Sharing Antimicrobial Reports for Pediatric Stewardship (SHARPS) Collaborative for improving antimicrobial use in children that is comprised of over 50 Children’s Hospitals in the United States. He is the Chair of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society’s (PIDS) Committee on Antimicrobial Stewardship and serves on the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Antibiotic Resistance Committee.
SCOTT WEISSMAN, MD
Seattle Children's Hospital, Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Scott Weissman, MD, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington (UW) and the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH). His NIH-funded lab helped the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to track the spread of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae into the Pacific Northwest, including detection and characterization of a large outbreak of AmpC-producing E. coli in hospitalized patients that had undergone endoscopic procedures. As Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at SCH, he seeks to optimize antibiotic usage for children locally, nationally and internationally by leveraging clinical microbiology data to inform antimicrobial stewardship interventions. Now, in partnership with the Washington State DOH and the UW Center for One Health Research, he is helping to build a database (Washington State Integrated Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance, WISAR) that aggregates antibiotic susceptibility testing data from bacterial isolates recovered in humans, animals and the environment.
SAMEER PATEL, MD MPH
Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Sameer J. Patel, MD MPH is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He has clinical expertise in antimicrobial stewardship, biomedical informatics, patient safety and quality, and hospital epidemiology. His advocacy efforts are focused on reducing excess antibiotic use in food production and has collaborated with local and national advocates, legislators, journalists, farmers, and restaurateurs. In addition, he has lead efforts to train healthcare professionals in advocacy.
SAUL HYMES, MD
Stony Brook Children's Hospital
Saul Hymes, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Stony Brook University Renaissance School of Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He is Medical Director of Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital. He is a member of the New York State Task Force on Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship. He serves on a joint workgroup of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, working on National Choosing Wisely Guidelines on pediatric antibiotic use and coordinating other joint efforts on antimicrobial stewardship. His clinical, research, and administrative work focuses on bacterial antibiotic resistance, judicious use of antibiotics in the inpatient and outpatient settings, and best practices around posters, social media and other communication tools around these issues. He has lectured locally and nationally, and been interviewed for local and national print and television media on these topics. His advocacy work has focused on educating providers on the importance of animal antibiotic use and issues around institutional procurement, as well as legislative advocacy on bills related to animal antimicrobial use.