Dr. Mendelson is chair of the South African Ministerial Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR), and a founding, chair of the South African Antibiotic Stewardship Programme. His involvement with international policy related to AMR includes work with the World Health Organization, Global Antibiotic Research & Development Partnership, World Economic Forum, AMR Benchmark, and the Global Health Security Agenda. He is past-president of the Federation of Infectious Diseases Societies of Southern Africa and the International Society for Infectious Diseases.
Dr. Mendelson studied Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital, London, and specialized in infectious diseases at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, where he attained his PhD. He moved to The Rockefeller University, New York, in 2001 and subsequently to UCT, initially to work on tuberculosis and innate immunity.