Infectious Diseases Physician
Rush University Medical Center
I am currently an Infectious Disease Physician at Rush University Medical Center/Stroger Hospital of Cook County. In the past twelve years, I have focused my research on two major areas: (1) the epidemiology of community-associated methicillin-resistant S. aureus (CA-MRSA) and the disproportionate impact CA-MRSA has had on underserved populations and (2) the use of chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) for patient bathing in the intensive care unit (ICU). I am now the PI for an NIAID R01 which is using whole genome sequencing (WGS) and phylogenetic analysis to (1) define whether urban jails are non-hospital settings that are a controllable focus of MRSA and (2) determine how MRSA strains circulate between the community and urban jails. I am also the PI for a CDC BAA award which is using genomics to understand the interplay of community and healthcare exposures on MRSA spread. Results of these projects will lead to epidemiologic-driven planning of interventions aimed at reducing MRSA. My work has helped me gain a deeper understanding of the importance of epidemiologists, especially critical now with the emergence of multidrug resistant pathogens, and has strengthened my commitment to do research in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention.
Disclosure: Nothing to disclose
Thursday, October 3
3:15 PM – 4:30 PM