Editor Profile

Mary E. Wilson, MD

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases Board

Mary E. Wilson, MD, is Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Global Health and Population at the Harvard School of Public Health. Her academic interests include tuberculosis, ecology of infections, emergence of new infections, determinants of disease distribution, travel medicine, and vaccines. She has served on the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices of the CDC and the Academic Advisory Committee for the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico. Dr. Wilson has been writing for NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases since the publication was launched in 1998.


Editorial boards

Clinical Infectious Diseases; Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice; RSTMH International Health; UpToDate

Leadership positions in professional societies

International Society of Travel Medicine (Chair, Scientific Program Committee for 2013 Meeting)

Summaries by Mary Wilson

  • April 22, 2014

    Triclosan-Coated Sutures Ineffective in Reducing Surgical-Site Infections

    1. Mary E. Wilson, MD

    In a large, multicenter trial, using triclosan-coated sutures instead of standard ones for fascia closure after open abdominal surgery did not reduce postoperative surgical-site infections.

  • April 10, 2014

    Mosquitoes in the Americas Competent to Transmit Chikungunya

    1. Mary E. Wilson, MD

    Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus populations from multiple areas in the Americas were found to be capable of transmitting all three tested chikungunya virus strains.

  • March 25, 2014

    Measuring Progress in TB Control in China

    1. Mary E. Wilson, MD

    Between 1990 and 2010, the prevalence of smear-positive tuberculosis decreased from 170 to 59 per 100,000 population.

  • February 24, 2014

    Measuring Progress in Malaria Control

    1. Mary E. Wilson, MD

    In Africa, malaria transmission intensity decreased substantially between 2000 and 2010, but 57% of the people in malaria-endemic countries still live in areas with moderate-to-high transmission.

  • February 20, 2014

    Fatal Influenza A H10N8 in China

    1. Mary E. Wilson, MD

    A novel reassortant influenza A H10N8 virus was isolated from a 73-year-old woman who died 9 days after the onset of a febrile respiratory infection.

  • February 5, 2014

    Epidemiology of Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in China

    1. Mary E. Wilson, MD

    Severe hand, foot, and mouth disease is associated primarily with enterovirus 71 in China; children aged <5 years are at highest risk for death.