Prof Peter Wilson

Dr Peter WilsonTel: 020 3447 9912
Fax: 020 3447 9211

University College Hospital

Pathology, Clinical microbiology, Microbiology

Professional background

I trained at Cambridge and UCLH and I have been consultant microbiologist at UCLH since 1990. I have particular responsibility for antibiotic advice and infection control in critical care. I also help with infection control advice for Camden and Islington. I set up wound surveillance in the Trust which provides surgeons with detailed information on wound infections.  I am chairman of the Specialty Training Committee for microbiology for London and I am part of the process for establishing Infection training for junior doctors.

Research interests

I have a research interest in the treatment and prevention of transmission of hospital-acquired infection. I have run trials on the antibiotics teicoplanin and linezolid as well as on innovations in the control of infection.  I helped design an infection resistant computer keyboard now used at UCLH.


Wilson AP, Gibbons C, Reeves BC, Hodgson B, Liu M, Plummer D, Krukowski ZH, Bruce J, Wilson J, Pearson A. Surgical wound infection as a performance indicator: agreement of common definitions of wound infection in 4773 patients. British Medical Journal 2004 Sep 25;329(7468):720-3. Epub 2004 Sep 14.

Whitehouse T, Cepeda JA, Shulman R, Aarons L, Nalda-Molina R, Tobin C, MacGowan A, Shaw S, Kibbler C, Singer M, Wilson AP. Pharmacokinetic studies of linezolid and teicoplanin in the critically ill. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2005 Mar;55(3):333-40.

Cepeda JA, Whitehouse T, Cooper B, Hails J, Jones K, Kwaku F, Taylor L, Hayman S, Cookson B, Shaw S, Kibbler C, Singer M, Bellingan G, Wilson AP. Isolation of patients in single rooms or cohorts to reduce spread of MRSA in intensive-care units: prospective two-centre study. Lancet. 2005 Jan 22;365(9456):295-304.

Tang JW, Eames I, Li Y, Taha YA, Wilson P, Bellingan G, Ward KN, Breuer J. Door-opening motion can potentially lead to a transient breakdown in negative-pressure isolation conditions: the importance of vorticity and buoyancy airflows. Journal of Hospital Infection 2005; 61: 283-286.

Wilson AP, Hodgson B, Liu M, Plummer D, Taylor I, Roberts J, Jit M, Sherlaw-Johnson C. Reduction in wound infection rates by wound surveillance with postdischarge follow-up and feedback. Br J Surg 2006;93(5):630-638.

Sherlaw-Johnson C, Wilson AP, Keogh B, Gallivan S. Monitoring the occurrence of wound infections after cardiac surgery. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2007 Apr;65(4):307-13. Epub 2007 Feb 2.

Hayman S, Wilson AP, Singer M, Bellingan G. Effect of linezolid and teicoplanin on skin staphylococci. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2007 Jun;59(6):1281-2. Epub 2007 Apr 5.

Keshtgar MRS , Khalili A , Coen PG , Carder C , Macrae B, Jeanes  A, Folan P, Baker D, Wren M , Wilson  APR. Impact of rapid molecular screening for meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in surgical wards. British Journal of Surgery 2008 Mar;95(3):381-6.

Wilson AP, Hayman S, Whitehouse T, Cepeda J, Kibbler C, Shaw S, Zelaya C, Cookson B, Singer M, Bellingan G. Importance of the environment for patient acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the intensive care unit: a baseline study. Crit Care Med. 2007 Oct;35(10):2275-9.

G. Moore, T.J. Hall, A.P.R. Wilson and V.A. Gant. The efficacy of the inorganic copper-based biocide CuWB50 is compromised by hard water. Letters in Applied Microbiology 2008 Jun;46(6):655-60.

Wilson APR, Ostro P, Magnussen M, Cooper B. Laboratory and in use assessment of methicillin-resistant Staphylcoccus aureus contamination of  ergonomic computer keyboards for ward use. Am J Infection Control 2008; 36 e19-e25

GMC/GDC number: 2711829