Prof. Usman Hadi was born in Te-manggung on June 30, 1954. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the INA-RESPOND network and a Principal Investigator at Site 570, Dr. Soetomo General Academic Teaching Hospital, Surabaya. He is also a teaching staff in the Tropical and Infectious Division of the Department of Internal Medicine, Dr. Soetomo General Academic Teaching Hospital, Surabaya.
Since his childhood, Prof. Usman has always wanted to become a doctor. He moved to Surabaya in 1974 to study at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga and graduated as a doctor in 1981. Then, he devoted himself to Lombok, NTB through the InPres implementation program and became interested in internal medicine, especially becoming a consultant for tropical and infectious diseases in Indonesia after he found many cases of malaria and various other infectious tropical diseases. He then took his Internal Medicine Specialist Education at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga, and graduated in 1990. He continued his service as a specialist in Pacitan, East Java, Indonesia, and became staff at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Airlangga. After that, Prof. Usman took his Ph.D. for four years at Leiden University, The Netherlands, and produced many publications related to his research on Antibiotic Resistance due to the irrational use of antibiotics in Indonesia.
Prof. Usman, who is also the Chair of the Ethics and Medicolegal Committee at RSUD Dr. Soetomo, enjoys doing research and acknowledges the role of INA-RESPOND in advancing infectious disease research in terms of its quality and developing the human resources/capabilities. Developing Human Resources always takes more time and effort, but through INA-RESPOND, members of the network are always encouraged to be more active and creative in conducting research, aiming for the highest quality standard; this is a culture that he believes needs to be nurtured. He hopes that INA-RESPOND sites can grow in number and create a robust multicenter network for the good of Indonesia’s citizens and global population. Moreover, he wishes that the collaboration between INA-RESPOND and Dr. Soetomo General Academic Teaching Hospital, Surabaya, and the Faculty of Medicine, Universi-tas Airlangga, will remain solid and beneficial.
Finally, there are three things that Prof. Usman holds dear as the basis for living his life: 1) always be grateful for every favor, work, and sustenance that we get, so we can continue growing and feel enough to stay humble, 2) be diligent in carrying out any task assigned, trusted, or mandated, 3) always be sincere in facing the challenges and trials life throws at us.