Belinda E. Ostrowsky, MD
Dr. Ostrowsky earned her MD from the State University of New York Stony Brook School of Medicine, after which she trained in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic and in ID at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center.
She then earned an MPH at the Harvard School of Public Health and trained in CDC’s Epidemiology Intelligence Service in the Hospital Infections Program (now known as Division of Quality Healthcare Promotion, DHQP). Upon moving to New York, she served as the Director of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Communicable Diseases at the Westchester County Department of Health.
She moved to the Montefiore Medical Center in 2008 to design and implement an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) to address the twin national crises of rising healthcare associated antibiotic resistant bacteria and the lack of new antimicrobial treatment options. Dr. Ostrowsky’s successful ASP brought forth sweeping changes in antimicrobial use and oversight, and has become a model program that has garnered both local and national attention.
Dr. Ostrowsky’s influence in the field of ID extends well beyond the walls of Montefiore and Einstein. She served on the Ebola Advisory Committee to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Commissioner, and currently serves on AHRQ’s Healthcare Safety and Quality Improvement Research study sections. She is a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). She is on the IDSA Antibiotic Resistance National Committee and SHEA National Education and 2016 Annual Meeting Planning Committees.