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Thomas Weitzel

Head Travel Medicine Program

UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO

Santiago, Chile

Líneas de Investigación


Emerging infections; Zoonotic infections; Vector borne diseases; Parasitic infections; One Health; Tropical Medicine; Travel Medicine; Diagnostic tests

Educación

  •  Doctor of Medicine (Dr. med.), CHRISTIAN ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAT ZU KIEL. Alemania, 1998
  •  Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Parasitology DTMP, Bernhard Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine. Alemania, 1993
  •  Arzt (German M.D.), CHRISTIAN ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAT ZU KIEL. Chile, 1991
  •  Médico Cirujano (Chilean M.D.), UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. Chile, 2009
  •  Microbiologist (Facharzt für Mikrobiologie und Infektionsepidemiogie), Chamber of Physicians Hamburg. Alemania, 1998
  •  Internal Medicine (Facharzt für Innere Medizin), Chamber of Physicians Berlin. Alemania, 2005
  •  Tropical Medicine (Zusatzbezeichnung Tropenmedizin), Chamber of Physicians Berlin. Alemania, 2005
  •  Infectious Diseases (Zusatzbezeichnung Infektiologie), Chamber of Physicians Berlin. Alemania, 2006
  •  Infectologia, CONACEM. Chile, 2020

Experiencia Académica

  •   Profesor Titular Part Time

    UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO

    Medicina

    Santiago, Chile

    2015 - A la fecha

  •   Profesor Adjunto Part Time

    UNIVERSIDAD DE VALPARAISO

    Medicina

    Valparaíso, Chile

    2010 - 2011

  •   Docente Part Time

    CHARITE UNIVERSITATSMEDEZIN BERLIN

    Medicina

    Alemania

    2005 - 2010

Experiencia Profesional

  •   Head Diagnostic Laboratory Full Time

    Institute of Tropical Medicine, Charite, University Medicine, Berlin

    Berlin, Alemania

    2003 - 2009

  •   Medical Doctor Full Time

    Department of Infectious Diseases, Charite, University Medicine, Berlin

    Berlin, Chile

    2000 - 2003

  •   Medical Doctor Full Time

    Hospital St. Georg

    Hamburg, Alemania

    1992 - 2000

Formación de Capital Humano


During the DAAD scholarship in 2008, I organized a postgraduate course in Tropical and Travel Medicine, which was not available before in Chile. This course was repeated during the scholarship in 2010. Since then this postgraduate course was organized by me every 2 years (2013, 2015, 2017, 2019) and had over 260 alumni. Since 2019, the course is organized in cooperation with the Chilean Society of Infectious Diseases (SOCHINF), the Chilean Ministry of Health, and OMS/OPS Chile.

Since 2015, I serve as an adviser in malaria and other tropical diseases for the Chilean Ministry of Health and have since then participated in numerous courses and lectures of over Chile with topics related to Tropical and Travel Medicine.


Premios y Distinciones

  •   Kurzzeitdozentur

    DEUTSCHE AKADEMISCHE AUSTAUSCHDIENST

    Alemania, 2008

    6 months scholarship in Tropical Medicine to teach at the University of Chile

  •   Kurzzeitdozentur

    DEUTSCHE AKADEMISCHE AUSTAUSCHDIENST

    Alemania, 2010

    2-months scholarship in Tropical Medicine to teach at the University of Chile

  •   Teaching scholarship

    Erasmus mundus

    Alemania, 2012

    Teaching at Master Program International Health, Charite, Berlin


 

Article (87)

Chigger mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) of Chiloé Island, Chile, with descriptions of two new species and new data on the genus Herpetacarus
Comparative evaluation of four rapid SARS-CoV-2 antigen detection tests using universal transport medium
Cryptococcus bacillisporus (VGIII) Meningoencephalitis Acquired in Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Evaluation of two fluorescence immunoassays for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen-new tool to detect infective COVID-19 patients
Evaluation of two fluorescence immunoassays for the rapid detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigen—new tool to detect infective COVID-19 patients
Genomic analysis of the diversity, antimicrobial resistance and virulence potential of clinical Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli strains from Chile
Lyme borreliosis presenting as severe back pain after Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing) in southern Germany
Chigger Mites (Acariformes: Trombiculidae) of Chiloé Island, Chile, With Descriptions of Two New Species and New Data on the Genus Herpetacarus
Complete Genome Sequences of 17 Clinical Campylobacter jejuni Strains from Chile
Covid-19 in South America: clinical and epidemiological characteristics among 381 patients during the early phase of the pandemic in Santiago, Chile
Draft Whole-Genome Sequences of 51 Campylobacter jejuni and 12 Campylobacter coli Clinical Isolates from Chile
Evaluation of a novel antigen-based rapid detection test for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory samples
Evaluation of novel antigen-based rapid detection test for the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 in respiratory samples
Hepatitis B and C virus infection among HIV patients within the public and private healthcare systems in Chile: A cross-sectional serosurvey
Human seroepidemiology of Rickettsia and Orientia species in Chile - A cross-sectional study in five regions
Identification of trombiculid mites (Acari: Trombiculidae) on rodents from Chiloé Island and molecular evidence of infection with Orientia species
Marginalised mites – neglected vectors of neglected diseases
Marginalized mites: Neglected vectors of neglected diseases
Molecular description of a novel Orientia species causing scrub typhus in Chile
Preschool Girl With Vaginal Bleeding Due to Pinworm Endometritis
Prevalence and Risk Factors of Antibodies to Anaplasma spp. in Chile: A Household-Based Cross-Sectional Study in Healthy Adults and Domestic Dogs
Profile and complexity of travel medicine consultations in Chile: unicentric cross-sectional study
Recommendations for Antimalarial Prophylaxis
Scrub typhus in Tierra del Fuego: a tropical rickettsiosis in a subantarctic region
Travel Vaccinations - Advice and Recommendations: Vaccinations for international travel - clinical practice recommendations
Ghost tablets mimicking intestinal parasite
Laboratory exposure to Coccidioides: lessons learnt in a non-endemic country
Scrub Typhus in Continental Chile, 2016-2018
Scrub typhus risk in travelers to southern Chile
[Chikungunya, emerging disease in Latin America. Description of the first cases in Chile].
[Scrub typhus, an emerging infectious disease in Chile].
Canine seroprevalence to Orientia species in southern Chile=> A cross-sectional survey on the Chiloé Island.
Geographical distribution and phylogenetic analysis of Rhipicephalus sanguineus sensu lato in northern and central Chile
Imported scrub typhus: first case in South America and review of the literature
Yellow fever vaccination for Chilean tourists visiting Brazil. Practical considerations.
[Evaluation of antimicrobial susceptibility testing directly from positive blood cultures using the Vitek 2 system=> comparison of two rapid protocols].
Cyclospora cayetanensis
Enteric multiplex PCR panels=> A new diagnostic tool for amoebic liver abscess?
Head-to-head comparison of Microflex LT and Vitek MS systems for routine identification of microorganisms by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry in Chile.
Trichobacteriosis axillaris caused by Dermabacter hominis.
Absence of convincing evidence of Coxiella burnetii infection in Chile=> a cross-sectional serosurvey among healthy adults in four different regions.
Chronic skin ulcers in a patient returning from Mexico.
Endemic Scrub Typhus in South America.
Impact of changing from staining to culture techniques on detection rates of Campylobacter spp. in routine stool samples in Chile.
Is there a risk of filarial infection during long-term missions in Haiti?
One Health in Practice: A Pilot Project for Integrated Care of Zoonotic Infections in Immunocompromised Children and Their Pets in Chile
Zika Virus Infection Presenting with Postauricular Lymphadenopathy.
An. gambiae gSG6-P1 evaluation as a proxy for human-vector contact in the Americas: a pilot study
Cluster of Imported Vivax Malaria in Travelers Returning From Peru
One Health in Practice: A Pilot Project for Integrated Care of Zoonotic Infections in Immunocompromised Children and Their Pets in Chile
Respiratory infections and bacteremia caused by Neisseria meningitidis serogroup W
[Hospital care expenses caused by acute fascioliasis, cystic echinococcosis, and neurocysticercosis in Santiago, Chile].
Prevalence and Risk Factors for Echinococcal Infection in a Rural Area of Northern Chile: A Household-Based Cross-Sectional Study
Breakthrough bacteremia due to Clostridium tertium in a patient with neutropenic fever, and identification by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry
Hepatitis B prevalence and influence on HIV treatment outcome and mortality in the Chilean AIDS Cohort
Infections by Listeria monocytogenes. A two decade experience
Molecular typing of Giardia duodenalis isolates from German travellers
Acute fascioliasisuclinical and epidemiological features of four patients in Chile
Catheter-associated bloodstream infection caused by Leifsonia aquatica in a haemodialysis patient: a case report
Clinical presentation of hydatid disease during 15 years: a case series from Santiago, Chile
Evaluation of Eight Serological Tests for Diagnosis of Imported Schistosomiasis
Neurocysticercosis - an neglected disease in Chile
Salmonellosis outbreaks and the size and role of the Chilean State
Short Report: Mannose-Binding Lectin and Toll-Like Receptor Polymorphisms and Chagas Disease in Chile
Diagnosis and therapy of cutaneous and mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis in Germany
Respiratory infections caused by metapneumovirus in elderly patients
Giardiasis in kindergartens: prevalence study in Berlin, Germany, 2006
S1-Guidelines Diagnostics and therapy of cutaneous and mucocutaneous Leishmaniasis in Germany
High rate of resistance to locally used antibiotics among enteric bacteria from children in Northern Ghana
Molecular characterization of enteric viral agents from children in Northern Region of Ghana
Treatment of acute uncomplicated falciparum malaria with artemether-lumefantrine in non-immune populations: A safety, efficacy, and pharmacokinetic study
Acute childhood diarrhoea in northern Ghana: epidemiological, clinical and microbiological characteristics
Correspondence
Evaluation of a new point-of-care test for influenza A and B virus in travellers with influenza-like symptoms
Field evaluation of a rota- and adenovirus immunochromatographic assay using stool samples from children with acute diarrhea in Ghana
Epidemiological and clinical features of travel-associated cryptosporidiosis
Evaluation of seven commercial antigen detection tests for Giardia and Cryptosporidium in stool samples
Loiasis
Imported leishmaniasis in Germany 2001-2004: data of the SIMPID surveillance network
Persistent culture-positive Legionella infection in an immunocompetent adult
Risk and spectrum of diseases in travelers to popular tourist destinations
Age as a risk factor for severe manifestations and fatal outcome of falciparum malaria in European patients: Observations from TropNetEurop and SIMPID surveillance data
In vitro activity of polyoxin D and nikkomycin Z against Encephalitozoon cuniculi
Dual microsporidial infection with Encephalitozoon cuniculi and case Enterocytozoon bieneusi in an HIV-positive patient
Resistance analyses in HIV infected patients with a history of multiple antiretroviral treatment regimens
Differences between American and German medical students and physicians in knowledge of infectious diseases
Severe anaemia as a newly recognized side-effect caused by lamivudine

BookReview (1)

Diphyllobothrium latum

BookSection (3)

A 25-year-old woman from Egypt with severe chronic diarrhea and malabsorption
A 34-year-old immigrant from Peru with chronic diarrhea and severe weight loss
A 4-year-old girl from Bolivia with a dark nodule on her toe

BookWhole (2)

A 25-year-old Woman from Egypt with Severe Chronic Diarrhoea and Malabsorption: Intestinal Capillariasis
A 4-year-old Girl from Bolivia with a Dark Nodule on Her Toe: Tungiasis

CaseReport (1)

Vulvitis migratoria causada por gnatostomiasis importada

ComunicacionBreve (1)

Corynebacterium kroppenstedtii

Editorial (1)

Shortage of yellow fever vaccination: A travel medicine emergency for Chilean travellers

EditorialMaterial (2)

Ebola 2018-Implications for travel health advice and relevance for travel medicine
Recommendations for Chilean travelers to the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil

Letter (4)

Human Infections with Pseudoterranova cattani Nematodes, Chile
Identification of Trueperella (Arcanobacterium) bernardiae by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry analysis and by species-specific PCR
Malaria Prophylaxis in Latin America: A Controversial Topic
Arcanobacterium bernardiae Bacteremia in a Patient with Deep Soft Tissue Infection

Note (1)

Chronic skin ulcers in a patient returning from Mexico

Proyecto (6)

SCRUB TYPHUS IN SOUTH AMERICA=> EXPLORING THE CLINICAL AND EPIDEMIOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE IN SOUTHERN CHILE
Infección por hepatitis B en pacientes con VIH en Chile - Estudio multicéntrico de corte transversal sobre la prevalencia de marcadores serológicos de la infección por hepatitis B en pacientes con VIH.
Teaching grant
Medicina Tropical y del Viajero
Medicina Tropical y del Viajero
Acute diarrhoea among children in Tamale, Ghana
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Thomas Weitzel

Head Travel Medicine Program

UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO

Santiago, Chile

7
KATIA ABARCA

Profesor Titular

Pediatría

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE

SANTIAGO, Chile

6
Gerardo Acosta

Full Professor

INSTITUTO DE MEDICINA PREVENTIVA VETERINARIA, FACULTAD DE CIENCIAS VETERINARIAS, UNIVERSIDAD AUSTRAL DE CHILE

Valdivia, Chile

6
Lorena Porte

Jefe Sección Microbiología

Laboratorio Clínico

Clínica Alemana

Santiago, Chile

5
Constanza Martinez

Investigador asistente

Enfermedades infecciosas e inmunologia pediatrica

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

4
Ximena Aguilera

Full Professor; Director Centro de Epidemiología y Políticas de Salud /Center of Epidemiology and Health Policy

Centro de Epidemiología y Políticas de Salud (CEPS)/ Center of Epidemiology and Health Policy/Centro de Epidemiología y Políticas de Salud (CEPS)

Universidad del Desarrollo

Santiago, Chile

3
Rafael Araos

Principal Investigator

Universidad del De

Santiago, Chile

3
Claudia Cortes

Profesor Asociado

Medicina

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

3
Jeannette Dabanch

Medico Infectóloga

Medicina Interna Nortee

Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

3
Pablo Vial

Professor

School of Medicine

ICIM/UNIVERSIDAD DEL DESARROLLO - CLÍNICA ALEMANA

Santiago, Chile

2
Verónica Bravo

Profesor Asistente

Universidad de Santiago de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
RUBEN MERCADO

Academico

Pediatria y Cirugia Infantil Occidente

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE. FACULTAD DE MEDICINA. UNIDAD DOCENTE DE PARASITOLOGÍA.

Santiago, Chile

1
Francisco Salvador

Profesor Asistente Adjunto

Ciencias Médicas

Universidad de Antofagasta

Antofagasta, Chile

1
Marcelo Wolff

Profesor Titular

Medicina

Universidad de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
María Balcells

Associate Professor

Department of Infectious Diseases of the Adult

Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Santiago, Chile

1
Werner Apt

Jefe Laboratorio

Laboratorio de Parasitología

Facultad de Medicina Universidad de Chile

SANTIAGO, Chile

1
INES ZULANTAY

PROFESOR ASOCIADO

INSTITUTO DE CIENCIAS BIOMEDICAS

UNIVERSIDAD DE CHILE - FACULTAD DE MEDICINA - ICBM

SANTIAGO, Chile

1
Maria Jercic

Chief

Biomedical Departament

INSTITUTO DE SALUD PÚBLICA DE CHILE

Santiago, Chile

1
Patricia García

Jefe de Laboratorio de Microbiologia

Escuela de Medicina

PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE, LABORATORIO DE MICROBIOLOGÍA

Santiago, Chile

1
Alberto Fica

Médico Infectólogo

Medicina

Hospital Base de Valdivia

Valdivia, Chile

1
jeannie slater

medicoa anatomopatólogo

laboratorio clínico

clinica alemana de santiago

santiago, Chile