Dr. Kainer obtained her medical degree and masters of public health in Melbourne, Australia. She is an adult infectious diseases physician and healthcare epidemiologist.

Dr. Kainer obtained her medical degree and masters of public health in Melbourne, Australia. She is an adult infectious diseases physician and healthcare epidemiologist. She was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. Dr. Kainer joined the Tennessee Department of Health in 2003 where she is the director of the Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program. She is the chair of the healthcare associated infections [HAI] subcommittee of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists [CSTE]. She co-chairs the CSTE HAI data standards committee. Dr. Kainer serves as the CSTE liaison to the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee, and the NHSN change control board.

Dr. Kainer has been a long standing member of the SHEA Public Policy and Government Affairs Committee, serves on SHEA's Public Health Task Force, and is involved in SHEA's Women in Epi group.

Dr. Kainer led the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak investigation at the Tennessee Department of Health and was named Tennessean of the Year by the Nashville based Tennessean newspaper. She was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for Prevention and Public Health. She is a member of the core planning group of the CDC-CSTE antimicrobial resistance surveillance taskforce and co-chairs the Council for Outbreak Response: Healthcare-associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistant Pathogens [CORHA]. She was a member of the antibiotic resistance work group for the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology [PCAST]. On Sept 18, 2014 President Obama released the PCAST report and national strategy, and issued an executive order on combating antibiotic resistant bacteria. She has taken a lead role in the implementation of the South East Regional Laboratory that is part of the Antibiotic Resistance Laboratory Network.