Hanan Balkhy, MD

Dr. Hanan Balkhy is a graduate of King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. She completed her pediatric residency at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston USA 1993-1996; followed by a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training from 1996-1999 from a joint program of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Balkhy is American board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease.

Carol Kauffman, MD

Dr Kauffman is Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and Chief of the Infectious Diseases Section at the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. She received her undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University, attended medical school at the University of Michigan, where she also trained in Internal Medicine, and was a Fellow in Infectious Diseases at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.


Dr. Louise Dembry is the incoming President of SHEA. She joined SHEA in 1993 as an Infectious Diseases Fellow and served on various SHEA committees and task forces. She was the Scientific Program chair of the 2004 Annual Meeting and chaired the Publications Committee 2007-2010. She participated in several SHEA review groups and served as faculty for the SHEA/CDC course for many years as well as the HAI Regional Training program. She was SHEA Treasurer 2010-2012 and returned to the SHEA Board as Vice President in 2014. She participated in the creation of the SHEA Education and Research Foundation (ERF) while Treasurer and has continued to serve on the SHEA ERF Board through 2015. She has been a member of the Week Planning Committee for the last three years and has served as an abstract reviewer.

Walter C. Hellinger, MD

Walter C. Hellinger, MD, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He has served as the hospital epidemiologist and chair of infection prevention and control at Mayo Clinic in Florida, since 1991, where he has also served as the co-director of the antibiotic stewardship program since 1997.

Issam I. Raad, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA

SHEA was pleased to present the 2015 SHEA Mentor Scholar Award to Issam I. Raad, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, at IDWeek 2015 in recognition of his distinguished record in mentoring fellows and junior faculty over the last two decades, most of whom have assumed leadership positions as heads of infection control and prevention programs. As the Gerald P. Bodey Sr. Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control, and Employee Health at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Dr. Raad is considered one of the world’s leading experts in the field of healthcare-related infections and infections in cancer.

Richard Platt, MD

Richard Platt, MD, MSc, FIDSA, FSHEA, is professor and chair of the Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute. A fellow of SHEA and IDSA, Dr. Platt has extensive experience in developing systems for using electronic health information to support healthcare associated infection practice and research, public health surveillance, medical product safety assessments, comparative effectiveness and outcomes research, and quality improvement programs. Dr. Platt leads a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Epicenter, a collaborative research program of research in infection control and prevention.

W. Charles Huskins, MD, MSc, FSHEA, FIDSA, FPIDS

Dr. Huskins is a Professor of Pediatrics in Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, the Chair of Pediatric Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic, and the Healthcare Epidemiologist and Vice Chair of Quality for the Mayo Clinic Children’s Center.

Dr. Huskins brings his healthcare epidemiology expertise to quality improvement efforts both in his role in quality leadership at Mayo Clinic and at the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA).

Nimalie D. Stone, MD, MS

Dr. Stone is the Medical Epidemiologist for Long-term Care in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is a Board-certified infectious disease physician who has a research and clinical background in managing infections and antibiotic resistant pathogens in post-acute and long-term care settings.

She completed her internal medicine residency at Johns Hopkins University followed by an infectious disease fellowship at Emory University. Prior to joining CDC, she spent several years providing clinical care and advising infection prevention and control programs for a long-term acute care hospital and affiliated nursing home within the Emory Healthcare system. She continues to hold a faculty appointment within in the Emory University Division of Infectious Diseases.

John M. Boyce, MD

John M. Boyce, MD is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Yale University School of Medicine and retired in May 2015 from his position as Director of Epidemiology and Infection Control at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

He received his MD degree from University of Washington School of Medicine, completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Herman Hospital in Houston, and obtained his training in epidemiology in CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service.

Kurt B. Stevenson MD, MPH

Kurt B. Stevenson MD, MPH is a Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Ohio State University (OSU) College of Medicine with a joint appointment in the Division of Epidemiology in the OSU College of Public Health. He is also the Associate Medical Director of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology for the OSU Wexner Medical Center where he is the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

Susan Huang, MD MPH

Susan Huang, MD MPH is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Health Policy Research Institute at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine, and the Medical Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention at UC Irvine Health.

She received her MD degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in Quantitative Methods.

Mirian Dal Ben, MD, Msc

Dr. Mirian Dal Ben, MD, Msc is a Hospital Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease physician at Hospital Sírio Libanês, São Paulo, Brazil, and a Phd student at University of São Paulo. She graduated from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Belo Horizonte, Brazil) in 2004 and completed her residency and training in Infectious Diseases at Universidade de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil) in 2008.

David A Nace, MD, MPH, CMD

David A. Nace, MD, MPH, CMD is a geriatrician and faculty member in the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Nace serves as the Director of Long-Term Care (LTC) and Influenza Programs for the Division and is the Chief of Medical Affairs for UPMC Senior Communities, a network of 21 LTC facilities located in Western PA. He also serves as the Medical Director of Asbury Heights, a multilevel senior campus located in Mt Lebanon, PA. In his administrative roles, he chairs the UPMC Senior Communities' Pharmacy and Therapeutics and Infection Control Committees.

Andreas F. Widmer, MD, MS, FSHEA, FIDSA

Prof. Widmer earned his MD degree in Switzerland, where he completed his fellowship in internal medicine in several hospitals. He founded the specialty infectious diseases as the secretary of the Swiss Society for Infectious Diseases back in 1998. He was trained in hospital epidemiology by R. Wenzel, in Iowa, IA, USA, where he completed his master degree in epidemiology at the University of Iowa.

He is a core member in the "patient safety" program of the WHO, past President of the Swiss Society for Hospital Epidemiology, editorial advisory board member of the journal "Clinical Infectious Diseases". In addition, he is board member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and member in the guidelines committee. Furthermore, he is a fellow of Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), and treasurer of the European Study Group on Nosocomial Infections (ESGNI).

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.

Aaron M. Milstone, MD, MHS

Aaron M. Milstone, MD, MHS, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at The Johns Hopkins University. He is an Infectious Diseases consultant and an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Chair of the Pediatric Leadership Council of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), and serves on multiple national committees and writing groups guiding practices to prevent healthcare associated infections (HAIs) and emergence of antibiotic resistance in children. He is an active member of the SHEA Research Committee and Chair of SHEA Research Network Review Committee.

L. Silvia Munoz-Price, MD, PhD

Dr. Munoz-Price is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Institute for Health and Society, Medical College of Wisconsin, currently serving as the Enterprise Epidemiologist for Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin.

She previously was the Hospital Epidemiologist for Jackson Memorial Hospital, one of the largest public hospitals in the US. Additionally, Dr. Munoz-Price holds a PhD in Epidemiology from University of Miami.

Graeme Forrest, MD

Graeme Forrest is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at the Portland VA Healthcare System and Oregon Health and Science University. He is the director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at both institutions.

Dr. Forrest received his medical degree from the University of Adelaide, Australia and after a 5 year period of surgical training moved to the United States. His internal medicine residency was at Columbus Hospital, Chicago and Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore where he stayed on faculty after completion of the fellowship.

Edward J. Septimus, MD, FIDSA, FACP, FSHEA

Dr. Ed Septimus received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 1972. Dr. Septimus went on to complete his postgraduate training in internal medicine and infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. He is board certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases.

His current position is Medical Director Infection Prevention and Epidemiology Clinical Services Group HCA Healthcare System. Previously was medical director of infectious diseases and employee health at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System until November 2005. He finished a 3 year term on the Board of Directors of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in 2009, and is on the IDSA Antimicrobial Resistance Committee, the SHEA Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, and the IDSA Quality Measurement.

Gary Kravitz, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA

Dr. Gary Kravitz is Hospital Epidemiologist at United Hospital, St. Paul, MN. He is the founding partner of St. Paul Infectious Disease Associates (1982).

He was one of the first people to successfully initiate an antibiotic stewardship program at a private hospital (2002) and at a long-term acute care hospital (2008) Educational background: BS from Michigan, an MD for Northwestern, residency at Minnesota, and ID fellowship at University of Chicago.