David Paterson is a Professor of Medicine at The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, and Chief Executive Officer of the Wesley Medical Research. He is also a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, and Consultant Microbiologist.
Professor Paterson's clinical work, research and teaching has been recognised internationally, most recently in the 2015 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited List. He received his medical degree and PhD from The University of Queensland. In 2007, Professor Paterson returned to Brisbane after ten years at The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A 2008 Frank Fenner Award for Advanced Research in Infectious Diseases by the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) quickly followed and in 2009 he was awarded a Queensland Health Senior Clinical Research Fellowship.
His research focuses on the molecular and clinical epidemiology of infections with antibiotic resistant organisms, with the intent of translation of knowledge into optimal prevention and treatment of these infections. Professor Paterson has received research funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Health and Medical and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).