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John  McGowan Jr.

Emeritus Professor

Professor Emeritus, Epidemiology

Professor Emeritus, Global Health

Professor Emeritus, Executive MPH


Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society (Harvard Medical School, 1966)

Annual Edward Lowbury Lecturer, Hospital Infection Society (U.K.), 1984

Australian Medical Association Postgraduate Medical Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor, 1984

Annual Distinguished Visiting Lecturer, Japanese Society of Chemotherapy, 1987

Sophomore Class Teaching Awards, Emory Medical School, 1988 and 1992

Annual Visiting Professor, Queensland Medical Society, Mater Hospital, 1988

Annual Overseas Lecturer, Royal College of Pathology of Australasia, 1991

The Best Doctors in America, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1996-97, 1998-99, Woodward/White Publishers

Who's Who in America, 1992-2004 Editions, Marquis Publications

Student Government Teaching Award: Professor of the Year, Rollins School of Public Health, 1995

Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society (Emory University, 1996) Vice President, 1997

Career Distinction Award, Society for Hospital Epidemiology in America, 1998

24th Sir F. MacFarlane Burnet Lecturer, Australasian Infectious Diseases Society, 2000

Elected to Honorary Life Membership, Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases, 2000

Robert W. Philip Memorial Lecturer, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 2000

Elected as Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, 2000

Advisor, European Community Commission on Antimicrobial Use, 2001

John E. McGowan, Jr. Annual Keynote Lectureship, established by Georgia Infection Control Network, 2006

Thomas F. Sellers Jr. Award (for Faculty Role Model and Mentor), Rollins SPH, Emory University, 2007

Charles J. Hatem Annual Visiting Professorship, Mount Auburn Hospital/Harvard Medical School, 2008

Elected to American Epidemiological Society, 2009

Emory Williams University Award for Distinguished Teaching, Emory University, 2011

Elected to Assoc. of Schools of Public Health/Pfizer Public Health Academy of Distinguished Teachers, 2012

Annual Teaching Award, Career MPH Program, Rollins SPH, Emory University, 2014

Charles Hatcher Jr. Award for Career Contributions to Public Health, Emory University, 2015

Garrod Medal for "significant contributions to antimicrobial chemotherapy," British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2016


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Areas of Interest

  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Systems
  • Infectious Disease


  • BMS 1965, Dartmouth Medical School
  • MD 1967, Harvard University


  • , , Garrod Lecture 2016 - The role of the healthcare epidemiologist in antimicrobial chemotherapy - a view from the USA, J Antimicrob Chemother, 71, 2370-2378
  • , , Antimicrobial stewardship - the state of the art in 2011: focus on outcome and methods, Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 33, 331-337
  • , , Cooking fuel type, household ventilation, and the risk of acute lower respiratory illness in urban Bangladeshi children: a longitudinal study., Indoor Air, 22, 132-139
  • , , Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Nasal Carriage in Residents of Veterans Affairs Long-Term Care Facilities: Role of Antimicrobial Exposure and MRSA Acquisition., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2012; 33: 551-557., 33, 551-557
  • , , Rainfall, household crowding, and acute respiratory infections in the tropics. , Epidemiol Infect, 140, 78-86
  • , , Hospitalization earlier than 1 year prior to admission as an additional risk factor for methicillin-reisistant Staphylococcus aureus infection, Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 31, 538-540
  • , , Quantitative analysis and molecular fingerprinting of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization in different patient populations: a prospective, multicenter study, Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 31, 592-597
  • , , Characterisation of a Staphylococcus aureus strain with progressive loss of susceptibility to vancomycin and daptomycin during therapy., Internat J Antimicrob Agents, 33, 564-568
  • , , Comparison of typing results obtained for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates with the DiversiLab system and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis, . J Clin Microbiol, 47, 2452-2457
  • , , Identification of plasmid-mediated AmpC beta-lactamases in Escherichia coli, Klebsiella spp., and proteus species can potentially improve reporting of cephalosporin susceptibility testing results, J Clin Microbiol, 47, 294-299
  • , , Antimicrobial resistance: international control strategies, with a focus on limited resource settings., Internat J Antimicrob Agents, 32, 1-9
  • , , Health care-associated pneumonia (HCAP): a critical appraisal to improve identification, management, and outcomes. Proceedings of the HCAP summit., Clin Infect Dis , 46, S296-S334
  • , , Importance of bacterial burden among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriers in a long-term care facility., Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, 29, 143-148
  • , , High rate of mobilization for blaCTX-Ms., Emerg Infect Dis, 14, 423-428