Professor and Associate Head-Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

George G. Zhanel, FCAHS

Dr. George Zhanel is an exceptionally accomplished microbiologist and pharmacologist, renowned for his extensive contributions to the field of infectious diseases. His academic journey has been marked by remarkable achievements and accolades, reflecting his dedication to research, teaching, and clinical practice.

With a Ph.D. from the Department of Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases at the University of Manitoba and a Doctor of Clinical Pharmacy magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota, Dr. Zhanel possesses a strong academic foundation. Currently serving as Professor and Associate Head in the Department of Medical Microbiology/Infectious Diseases at the Max Rady College of Medicine, he plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of healthcare.

As the Research Director of the Canadian Antimicrobial Resistance Alliance (CARA) and the founding/Chief Editor of the CARA website, Dr. Zhanel leads initiatives aimed at combatting antimicrobial resistance, a pressing global health concern.

Dr. Zhanel’s scholarly output is prolific, with over 1200 papers, chapters, and abstracts published in the area of infectious diseases treatment and prevention. He is also a sought-after speaker, having delivered over 1250 lectures worldwide, sharing his expertise on antimicrobial-resistant infections and infectious diseases management.

His impact extends beyond academia, as evidenced by his involvement in developing treatment guidelines for various infections in Canada, the US, and internationally.

Dr. Zhanel’s dedication to teaching has not gone unnoticed, as he has received over 110 teaching awards, including the prestigious Canadian Association for Medical Education (CAME) merit teaching award in 2020. His commitment to education is further underscored by his inclusion in the Who’s Who in Medical Sciences Education (WWMSE).

In 2022, Dr. Zhanel’s contributions were recognized with his election as a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS), a testament to his sustained excellence in research and teaching within the health sciences. He also received the esteemed Dr. Fred Aoki Career Achievement Award in the same year, honoring his outstanding contributions to medical microbiology and infectious diseases across multiple domains.

Furthermore, in 2023, Dr. Zhanel was distinguished as one of the world’s most influential researchers by Web of Science, a recognition reserved for individuals whose research significantly impacts their respective fields.

Dr. George Zhanel’s illustrious career exemplifies excellence in research, education, and clinical practice, making him a trailblazer in the field of infectious diseases and a respected figure within the global healthcare community.