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Dr Sani Aliyu

Consultant in microbiology and infectious diseases, Addenbrooke's Hospital

I am a joint consultant specialising in medical microbiology and infectious diseases with an interest in antimicrobial stewardship and HIV epidemiology.
Dr Sani Aliyu

Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.

Robert Louis Stevenson

My current role

I work in the infectious diseases unit and the microbiology laboratory, looking after patients with a range of infections. I am also the Caldicott Guardian for the hospitals, responsible for ensuring confidential patient information is secure and used appropriately.

Previous history

I qualified from Ahmadu Bello, Nigeria in 1993. I worked briefly abroad before moving to the UK to pursue postgraduate programmes at Imperial College and Queen Mary University of London. I completed my residency training in Cambridge in 2007. I worked as a consultant microbiologist in Birmingham before returning to Addenbrooke's Hospital as the first joint consultant in microbiology and infectious diseases in 2008. I had the exciting opportunity of leading two overseas national infectious diseases control programmes in HIV and more recently Covid-19 from 2017 to 20. In my role as the Caldicott Guardian, I work closely with information governance and senior management to champion confidentiality issues as the ‘conscience’ of the organisation, as well as an enabler for appropriate sharing of personal information. For more details about the Caldicott Guardian role, please refer to national programmes

Membership and accreditations

I am a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Pathologists.

I sit on the scientific advisory committee for Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a foundation that plays a major role in developing vaccines against emerging infectious diseases.

I am also a member of Africa Commission on Covid-19.

Personal interests

I enjoy reading, travelling and spending time with my family.