Ed is originally from New York City. He received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1972. Dr. Septimus went on to complete his postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. For over 30 years Dr. Septimus practiced infectious diseases where he formed a 3 person specialty group in infectious diseases in Houston. He was also medical director of infectious diseases and employee health at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System until 2005. His current position is Medical Director Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Clinical Services Group HCA Healthcare System. He finished a 3 year term on the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in 2009, and is on the IDSA Quality Improvement Committee, the IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Work Group and the IDSA/SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Work Group. He was the first recipient of the IDSA Annual Clinician Award. He has been awarded the John S Dunn Sr. Outstanding Teacher Award. He was appointed to the Healthcare-Associated Infections/ Preventable Adverse Events Advisory Panel for the Texas Department of State Health Services He is on the FDA Anti-Infective Drug Advisory Group. He holds a faculty position as Clinical Professor at Texas A&M Medical School and Professor, Distinguished Senior Fellow, School of Public Health, George Mason University. He co-chairs the NQF Patient Safety Committee. He has published over 100 articles and chapters. Current interests include patient safety, infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship and resistance, public health including vaccine preventable diseases, sepsis, and human factors engineering. He is past President of Congregation Emanu El in Houston (2100 families) and Past President of Houston Hillel. He is currently on the Board of Overseers for Hebrew Union College Cincinnati.