Editor Profile

Neil M. Ampel, MD

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases Board

Neil M. Ampel, MD, is Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Arizona College of Medicine and Staff Physician at the Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Tucson. His clinical interests include HIV infection and fungal infections, particularly coccidioidomycosis, and his research focuses on the cellular immune response in coccidioidomycosis. Dr. Ampel is a member of the NIH/CDC/IDSA Working Group for Therapy of Opportunistic Infections and the American Thoracic Society’s Committee on the Treatment of Fungal Diseases Complicating AIDS. He is a former president of the Veterans Administration Society for Practitioners of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Ampel has been writing for NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases since 2002.


Editorial boards

Medical Mycology

Summaries by Neil Ampel

  • April 14, 2014

    Measles Acquisition and Transmission, Despite Evidence of Immunity

    1. Neil M. Ampel, MD

    An immunized patient who developed measles transmitted it to four others who were either vaccinated or had evidence of measles immunity.

  • April 10, 2014

    Age-Specific Strategies to Prevent Active TB in Household Contacts

    1. Neil M. Ampel, MD

    Routine bacille Calmette-Guérin vaccination prevented the development of active tuberculosis in household contacts aged <10 years; postexposure isoniazid prophylaxis was effective through age 19.

  • March 25, 2014

    MSSA Resistance to Ceftriaxone

    1. Neil M. Ampel, MD

    In a small, observational study, 60% of methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus isolates from blood were found to be resistant to ceftriaxone by Etest.

  • March 21, 2014

    Efficacy of PPV23 in Older Adults

    1. Neil M. Ampel, MD

    In a prospective, observational study among individuals aged ≥60, immunization with the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine within 5 years was associated with significantly reduced risk for community-acquired pneumonia.

  • March 19, 2014

    Xenodiagnosis: Using Ticks to Test for Persistent Lyme Disease

    1. Neil M. Ampel, MD

    Pathogen-free Ixodes ticks were allowed to feed on 26 volunteers with Lyme disease and then assessed for infection. Results were positive for only two participants.

  • February 18, 2014

    Patient-to-Patient Transfer of Staphylococcus aureus May Not Be Common

    1. Neil M. Ampel, MD

    Whole-genome sequencing of 37 S. aureus isolates from an intensive care unit disproved 3 of 5 transmission events suggested by conventional means but detected 5 additional transmissions.