Mary Wilson


M.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mary E. Wilson, M.D., is adjunct professor of global health and population at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and clinical professor of epidemiology and biostatistics in the School of Medicine at University of California, San Francisco. Her academic interests include the ecology of infections and emergence of microbial threats, travel medicine, tuberculosis and vaccines. She received her M.D. from the University of Wisconsin and completed an internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. She was chief of infectious diseases at Mount Auburn Hospital, a Harvard-affiliated community teaching hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for more than 20 years. She is a fellow in the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

She has served on the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Academic Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, and on five committees for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. She has worked in Haiti at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital and led the Harvard-Brazil Collaborative Course on Infectious Diseases, taught in Brazil. In 1996, she was a resident scholar at the Bellagio Study Center, Italy, and in 2002, she was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California.

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 the spring of 2008. She serves as a special advisor to the GeoSentinel Surveillance Network, a global network. She serves on several editorial boards, and is an associate editor for NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases. She is the author of Antibiotics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, New York, 2019) and A World Guide to Infections: Diseases, Distribution, Diagnosis (Oxford University Press, New York, 1991); senior editor, with Richard Levins and Andrew Spielman, of Disease in Evolution: Global Changes and Emergence of Infectious Diseases (New York Academy of Sciences, 1994); and editor of the volume New and Emerging Infectious Diseases (Medical Clinics of North America) published in 2008. She served on the Board of Trustees for icddr,b (International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh) from 2009 through 2015 and is a member of the FXB-USA Board, and the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics Board of Directors.