Daniel J. Sexton, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA

Daniel J. Sexton, MD, is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Medicine. He is currently a Professor of Medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine. He spent two years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the CDC in the early 1970s.

In addition to 11 years of experience in private practice in Oklahoma City, Dr. Sexton also worked at Monash Medical Center in Melbourne Australia while on sabbatical in 1989 and later worked at the Royal Darwin Hospital in 2003. He was made an honorary lifetime member of the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases in 2006. Dr. Sexton has had a direct role in the training of numerous medical students, residents, fellows and post-doctoral students during the 27 years he has been on the Duke faculty. Fifteen of 22 fellows who worked under Dr. Sexton’s supervision are currently hospital epidemiologists and active in research related to HAIs. Dr. Sexton is one of five Editors in Chief of the Infectious Disease section of UpToDate. He has published more than 230 peer reviewed original manuscripts. He is a recipient of the Clinician Award from the Infectious Diseases Society of America and was previously the Chair of the IDSA Clinical Affairs Committee and served on the IDSA Board of Directors and the Board of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases. He has received the Golden Apple Teaching Award from the Duke University School of Medicine, a Golden Apple Award from the American Medical School Student Association, The Eugene Stead Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Duke Medicine Housestaff (twice) and was named a Master Clinician Teacher by the Duke University School of Medicine in 2011. He received the SHEA Senior Scholarship Award in 2015. Dr. Sexton’s multiple research interests include the risk factors, outcomes and definition of healthcare-associated bloodstream and surgical site infections, risk factors and outcomes of infections due to Staphylococcus aureus and criteria, outcomes and complications of infective endocarditis. He founded the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON) in 1997 that has since grown to include 45 community hospitals in 7 states. Dr. Sexton was the principal investigator of the Duke-UNC CDC Prevention Epicenter from 2011-2016. He was also the PI for grants from The Duke Foundation and the CDC Foundation related to the Duke Antimicrobial Stewardship Outreach Network which he founded in 2013. He is presently the Executive Director for DICON and DASON and he remains an active investigator in the Duke-UNC Prevention Epicenter.  Dr. Sexton presented the SHEA Lectureship at IDWeek 2016.