SHEA is saddened by the loss of a committed Editorial Board member for Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology and strong SHEA contributor, Gina Pugliese. During Gina’s career, she helped shape the practice of infection control, bringing innovation and leadership to the field.

She was a prolific writer and educator, sharing her knowledge at more than 300 conferences in 21 countries, publishing over 150 articles and 8 books, and as faculty for Rush University College of Nursing and University of Illinois, Public Health. She also served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Infection Control and the Journal of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  Gina sat on numerous national policy committees, providing congressional testimony for regulatory initiatives. Most recently she served as Vice President of the Safety Institute at Premier Healthcare Alliance, an organization with a mission to transform the healthcare sector.

Gina received numerous recognitions and awards for her contributions to her field including Employee of the Year at the American Hospital Association, recognition by the Assistant Secretary of Labor for her work on bloodborne pathogens training for OSHA and the establishment of the Gina Pugliese Scholarship by The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). She also received the Carol De Mille outstanding achievement award from Association of Professionals in Infection Prevention and Control (APIC) and was named by Becker as one of Top 50 Experts in Patient Safety. 

In lieu of flowers, Gina asked that you please consider making a contribution to a cause you are passionate about or to the Gina Pugliese scholarship with this link. (Select "Specific scholarship donation”. Choose "Gina Pugliese scholarship" from dropdown.)  If you have any problems contributing, please reach out to SHEA staff at