Anthony D. Harris, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA

Please join us in welcoming Anthony D. Harris, MD, MPH, FIDSA, FSHEA as the SHEA President in 2015. Dr. Harris is an infectious disease physician, hospital epidemiologist, and tenured professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Harris was the founder of the SHEA Research Network and served as its director from 2009 to 2013. He has served on SHEA's Board of Trustees since 2010, first as a councilor and now as president.

Dr. Harris has 142 publications in peer-reviewed journals—114 of which have been published in the last 10 years. He also serves on the Editorial Board of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.

Publishing in the major journals in his field, Dr. Harris has improved the science of infection prevention by advancing research methodology (e.g., case control study design, quasi-experimental study approaches) and by performing well designed intervention studies addressing key unresolved issues in infection prevention.

His most important contributions have been to our understanding of the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant healthcare pathogens. The best recent example is the Benefits of Universal Glove and Gown (BUGG) study published last year in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and a highlighted abstract during IDWeek 2013, which also utilized the SHEA Research Network.

Dr. Harris's recent and current funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, including a K24 award, recognize his success as a mentor to the next generation of healthcare epidemiology researchers.

Dr. Harris's research interests include emerging pathogens, antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, hospital epidemiology and infection control, epidemiologic methods in infectious diseases, and medical informatics. Dr. Harris was honored with the SHEA Investigator Award at IDWeek 2014.