Deborah S. Yokoe, MD, MPH

Dr. Yokoe is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Infection Control Department and a member of the Infectious Diseases Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She currently serves as a SHEA Councilor and SHEA Education & Research Foundation board member and is a member of the SHEA Research Committee.

She continues to be the SHEA co-lead for the updating of “A Compendium of Strategies to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections in Acute Care Hospitals”. She is also currently a member of the CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and is a CDC Prevention Epicenters investigator.

John A. Jernigan, M.D., M.S

John A. Jernigan, M.D., M.S. is currently Director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, where he also completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, and served as Chief Medical Resident.

Louise M. Dembry, MD, MS, MBA

Dr. Louise Dembry is a member of the SHEA Board and the outgoing Treasurer. She has served on the SHEA Board for the past three years and participated in the creation of the SHEA Education and Research Foundation (ERF) during that time. She will continue to serve on the SHEA ERF Board for the next year. Dr. Dembry joined SHEA in 1993 as an Infectious Diseases Fellow and has served on various SHEA committees and task forces including chairing the Publications Committee 2007-1010 and the Scientific Program for the 2004, participated in several review groups and served as faculty for the SHEA/CDC course for many years and the more recent HAI Regional Training program.

Kerri A Thom, MD, MS

Kerri A Thom, MD, MS, is an infectious disease physician and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. She is also Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Thom's research interests include the epidemiology and transmission of multidrug-resistant gram negative pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention.

She has a particular interest in Acinetobacter baumannii and is currently supported by an NIH K23 award to study the epidemiology of this pathogen in the healthcare setting.

William A. Rutala, Ph.D., M.P.H

Dr. Bill Rutala is a Professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine, and serves as the Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program at the University of North Carolina Health Care System. He is also Director and co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the UNC School of Medicine and a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve. Dr. Rutala is certified in infection control. He has 500 publications in the fields of infectious diseases, infection control, disinfection, sterilization and medical waste to include several guidelines and has also been an invited lecturer at over 300 state, national and international conferences (in over 40 states and 25 countries) and has testified twice before the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Tara Palmore

Dr. Palmore is an infectious diseases specialist and Deputy Hospital Epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. In her clinical role, she serves as an infectious diseases consultant in the Clinical Center, which has a large stem cell transplantation program and other categories of heavily immunosuppressed patients. Dr. Palmore did her undergraduate education at Harvard College and attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell and infectious diseases fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Sharmila Sengupta MD

Dr. Sengupta is a clinical microbiologist, who has been working in infection control and healthcare epidemiology for the last 18 years in India. Though the burden of multi-drug resistant pathogens are very high in India, healthcare epidemiology and infection control are relatively at a nascent stage. She is one of the first Indians to be selected as a SHEA International Ambassador and has been a part of the small working group of clinicians who are working towards capacity building in training infection control nurses and healthcare epidemiologists.

Daniel J Morgan M.D.

Dr. Morgan was a founding member of the SHEA Research Network. In this role, he conducted a study examining the effect of CMS non-payment policy for CAUTIs that is in press at Clinical Infectious Diseases. He encourages those not members of the SHEA Research Network to Join (completing a short survey ).

In Baltimore, MD, Dr. Morgan is an infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and VA Maryland Healthcare System.

Trish M. Perl, MD, MSc

In addition to serving as a Course Director for the Fellows Course on Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control since its inception, Dr. Perl is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Senior Epidemiologist for The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland and Florida.

Sara Cosgrove, MD, MS

Sara E. Cosgrove, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the program co-chair for the Antimicrobial Stewardship leader forum at the SHEA Spring 2012 Conference: Advancing Healthcare Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship. She serves as the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Neil Fishman, MD

Neil O. Fishman, MD, is Director of Infection Control and the Antimicrobial Management Program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the guest co-editor of the ICHE's dedicated issue on Antimicrobial Stewardship (April 2012). He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the SHEA Education & Research Foundation. He is also an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His research focuses on outcome assessment and quality management issues in infectious diseases. Specific interests include models to improve the use of antibiotics, risk factors for the emergence of resistance, and the relationship between antimicrobial use and the emergence of resistance.

Arjun Srinivasan, MD

Arjun Srinivasan, MD is a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the guest co-editor of ICHE's dedicated issue on Antimicrobial Stewardship (released online on March 15, 2012). In reference to this critically important special issue, Dr. Srinivasan says, "Improving the use of antibiotics is exactly the type of urgent public health challenge that I think SHEA members are best positioned to tackle."

Jan E. Patterson

SHEA is thrilled to welcome Jan Patterson, MD, MS, FSHEA as our 2012 President of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Patterson is currently Professor and Associate Dean for Quality and Lifelong Learning and also directs the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Yale University School of Medicine where she trained in healthcare epidemiology with Dr. Walter J. Hierholzer, Jr., a former SHEA President. She received a Masters of Science in Health Care Management from Harvard School of Public Health in May 2010.

Judene Bartley

The healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention field lost one of its most knowledgeable and dedicated voices with the passing of Judene Bartley, MSc, MPH on December 26, 2011. A tireless advocate for quality improvement in healthcare and an expert on environmental health and occupational health issues in infection control, Judene contributed her time and knowledge to many organizations, including SHEA, APIC, the American Hospital Association, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Joint Commission Resources and the CDC. She was devoted to the SHEA mission and the importance of its voice in tying public policy to science and evidence-based practice.

Suzanne Bradley, MD

Dr. Bradley has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology since 2007. Her career in infection control began with a long-standing interest in the epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in nursing home residents. At that time, there was little information on the actual prevalence of infection in non-hospital settings or how the spread of these infections might be prevented. As a participant in the infection control community and in SHEA, she was given many opportunities to improve care for many more older adults than she could have as an individual physician in Infectious Diseases or Geriatrics. She has also been fortunate to use her experience in the peer-review and publication of scientific articles to give back to the Society and shape the direction of its journal as Editor-in-Chief.

Dr. David Henderson

This month, SHEA is pleased to focus our Member Spotlight on Dr. David Henderson, the General Planning Co-Chair for the 2012 Spring Conference, Advancing Healthcare Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Dr. Henderson is deputy director for clinical care and associate director for quality assurance and hospital epidemiology at the NIH Clinical Center. He first came to NIH in 1979 as the hospital epidemiologist, a position he still holds.

Victoria J. Fraser, MD, FACP

Past Lectureship Winner
Victoria J. Fraser, MD, FACP is the Co-Director Infectious Diseases Division at Washington University School of Medicine and a J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine. Dr. Fraser is the 2011 SHEA Lectureship Recipient. She served as SHEA President in 2007, and has also been the recipient of the Mentor Scholar Award (2009) and Investigator Award (2001).

Dr. John McGowan, Jr.

Past President
Dr. John McGowan, Jr. is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases). He also serves as Director of the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program at Emory, and Assistant Director of the Masters of Science in Clinical Research Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Emory University. He is an Investigator for the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. McGowan received his MD from Harvard University. His main research interest is the epidemiology and molecular microbiology of antibacterial drug resistance and its relationship to antimicrobial use.

Steven M. Gordon, MD, FACP

Dr. Gordon, President of SHEA, is the Chairman of the Department of Infectious Disease and a Staff Member in the Transplantation Center at the Cleveland Clinic.

His specific areas of interests include management and treatment of infective endocarditis and cardiac device infections. Among ongoing projects, he has been focusing on antimicrobial stewardship in patients discharged on parenteral antibiotics, use of molecular methods in the management of infective endocarditis, and utility of interferon gamma release assay testing in healthcare workers.