Univ.-Prof. Dr. Assadian was born in Vienna, Austria. He received a medical degree from the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1997 and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, in 2000. Since 1999, he has been with the Medical University of Vienna, where he became Associate Professor in Hygiene and Medical Microbiology in 2003, “habilitation-“thesis: „Epidemiological methods for detection, analysis, and interpretation of nosocomial infections and pathogens with special resistance and virulence factors“. In October 2004, he was awarded tenure track Professor at the Medical University of Vienna. Since 2005 he worked for the Medical University of Vienna as Senior Clinical Specialist and Chairperson of the Infection Prevention and Control Committee at Prince Court Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 2008, he became Deputy Head of the Clinical Institute for Hygiene and Medical Microbiology and acting Head of the Division of Hospital Hygiene at the Medical University of Vienna. One year later he left the Medical University of Vienna on a sabbatical and joined VAMED Management & Services GmbH & Co KG, an international hospital and healthcare management company as Director for Hygiene and Quality Management, responsible for the medical quality and strategies of more than 30 national and international healthcare facilities globally. In 2010, he was awarded Professor of Plasma Medicine, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University Greifswald, Germany. One year later he returned to Vienna and continues his clinical work as Consultant Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine and Consultant Clinical Microbiology & Infection Control at the Medical University of Vienna and the Vienna General Hospital, a 2,200 bed university teaching hospital.
Prof. Assadian’s research interests focus on epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections, chronic wounds and wound infection, prevention of surgical site infection, characteristics and clinical application of antiseptics, medical use of low-temperature plasma, infection control aspects of hospital construction, applicability of medical expert and knowledge-based systems and their use as a tool for surveillance, and advising on and setting up accredited facilities (ISO-Accreditation, GMP, JCI-A). He is President of the Austrian Society for Infection Control, Member of the Executive Board of the Disinfection Method Approval List of the Austrian Society for Hygiene, Microbiology and Preventive Medicine, co-editor and reviewer of international journals, editor and author of two reference text books in the field of infection control, and author of more than 190 published peer-reviewed articles in international medical journals.
Comparison of chlorhexidine-isopropanol with isopropanol skin antisepsis for prevention of surgical-site infection after abdominal surgery