Thomas R. Talbot, MD, MPH, FSHEA, FIDSA

Dr. Talbot is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Preventive Medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and also serves as the Chief Hospital Epidemiologist for Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in Nashville, TN.

He graduated from Duke University in 1992 and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 1996. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Johns Hopkins in 1999 and then returned in 2000 to serve as an Assistant Chief of Service on the Osler Medical Service. He completed his training in Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt in 2003, where he also received a Master of Public Health.

Dr. Talbot has more than 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals. His clinical epidemiologic research has focused on occupational infection control, including the use healthcare personnel (HCP) vaccination as a means to reduce patient and HCP morbidity, secondary transmission from vaccinations, and management of vaccinated HCP exposed to contagious infections. Clinical investigations include two NIH-funded studies examining the transmissibility of smallpox vaccination sites and the impact of site dressing on viral shedding and a CDC-funded study examining the effectiveness of post-exposure prophylaxis in Tdap-vaccinated HCP exposed to pertussis.

He served as the chair of SHEA's Task force on Influenza Vaccination of Healthcare Personnel in 2005 and 2010 and was lead author on the SHEA Position Paper advocating for influenza vaccination as a condition of a HCP's employment. More recently, his work has examined development a hand hygiene improvement program as a tool for driving a safe, accountable quality culture and issues related to implementation of HAI surveillance definitions.

Dr. Talbot currently serves as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), as the Chair of Division L (Healthcare Epidemiology) of the American Society for Microbiology, and on the Board of Directors for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He also currently co-chairs the state of Tennessee's multidisciplinary advisory group that oversees efforts focused on HAI prevention and reporting in the state. Dr. Talbot has also been involved with healthcare epidemiology-related education, serving as the Chair of the SHEA Education Committee from 2010-2012 and as a member of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) Annual Conference Committee from 2008-10. As a part of his role as the Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, he oversees the surveillance and prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) at VUMC.