Jennifer Hanrahan, DO, MSc

Jennifer Hanrahan, DO, MSc is an associate professor, Infectious Disease, and Chair of the Infection Prevention Committee at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She is also Medical Director of the Special Disease Care Unit at MetroHealth Medical Center.

The Special Disease Care Unit was established in order to be able to care for patients with highly contagious diseases, such as Ebola, MERS-CoV, novel influenza virus, etc., and was built based on guidelines from CDC. MetroHealth Medical Center is currently the designated treatment center in Ohio for Ebola-like diseases. The unit was designed and built after team members participated in training programs at Emory and University of Nebraska Medical Center. Video-taped simulations were conducted in order to ensure adequate space for donning and doffing of healthcare workers, which was critical in design of the unit.

Dr. Hanrahan earned her doctorate of osteopathy at Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed an osteopathic internship at Chicago Osteopathic Hospital prior to residency training at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. She served as chief resident at MetroHealth Medical Center and then completed fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Case Western Reserve University. She also completed a Masters in Science in Epidemiology at Case Western Reserve University.

Dr. Hanrahan also served as co-medical director for the Cleveland Department of Public Health from 2004-2005, and this gave her a greater understanding of how hospitals and public health can work together to respond to outbreak situations.

Dr. Hanrahan serves in multiple roles, including epidemiologist for MetroHealth Medical Center, hospitalist and infectious disease physician, and associate program director for the internal medicine residency program. Her infection control efforts have focused on prevention of spread of MDRO’s with utilization of the electronic medical record, helping to refine optimal cleaning procedures, and establishing a hand hygiene observation program with feedback to healthcare workers in 2010, which has demonstrated ongoing high levels of hand hygiene compliance.

Dr. Hanrahan currently serves as Co-Chair of the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program Education Committee, and is a member of the SHEA Guidelines Committee.