Richard P. Wenzel, MD, MSc
Richard P. Wenzel, MD, MSc, is professor and former chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA(1995-2009).

For 8 years (1992 to 2000), he was a member of the editorial board of The New England Journal of Medicine, and, in September 2001, became the journal’s first Editor-at-Large, a position he still holds. He is the prolific author of over 500 publications, the editor of six textbooks and the lead editor of A Guide for Infection Control in the Hospital, already translated into eight languages for free distribution to health care workers in developing countries. His popular book, Stalking Microbes, was published in the summer of 2005. His medical thriller, Labyrinth of Terror, was released in October, 2010.

Dr. Wenzel's research has focused on the prevention and control of hospital-acquired infections, especially bloodstream infections (BSIs) and sepsis. He is a nationally recognized expert on antibiotic resistance and its impact. In March 2010, he received the Maxwell Finland Award for Scientific Achievement from the National Foundation of Infectious Diseases. The IDSA gave him the Edward Kass lectureship and Award in October 2010.