Dr. Fishman is the Director of the Department of Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control and the Director of the Antimicrobial Management Program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System. His research focuses on outcome assessment and quality management issues in infectious diseases. Specific interests include models to improve the use of antibiotics, risk factors for the emergence of resistance, the relationship between antimicrobial use and the emergence of resistance, and interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections.
He received the 1996 Abbott Achievement Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America in recognition of his ongoing efforts to improve antibiotic utilization throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System and for a proposal to study the effects of a comprehensive antimicrobial management program on the quality and cost of patient care in community hospitals. Additional ongoing studies include an investigation of risk factors for the emergence of drug resistant pneumococci, risk factors for emergence of fluoroquinolone resistance, a randomized controlled trial of antimicrobial management strategies, and electronic surveillance for antimicrobial errors. He is also President-Elect of Division L (Infection Control) of the American Society of Microbiology.