Dr. Louise Dembry is a member of the SHEA Board and the outgoing Treasurer. She has served on the SHEA Board for the past three years and participated in the creation of the SHEA Education and Research Foundation (ERF) during that time. She will continue to serve on the SHEA ERF Board for the next year. Dr. Dembry joined SHEA in 1993 as an Infectious Diseases Fellow and has served on various SHEA committees and task forces including chairing the Publications Committee 2007-1010 and the Scientific Program for the 2004, participated in several review groups and served as faculty for the SHEA/CDC course for many years and the more recent HAI Regional Training program.
Dr. Dembry joined the faculty of the Yale University School of Medicine in 1993 after completing her Infectious Diseases fellowship at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. She is currently Professor of Medicine and Associate Professor of Epidemiology. Upon joining Yale, she initially served as the Yale-New Haven Hospital Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Epidemiology Laboratory Director and VA Connecticut Healthcare System Hospital Epidemiologist. In 2001 she was appointed Hospital Epidemiologist for Yale-New Haven Hospital; a position in which she served until October 2012. She is currently Associate Director of Hospital Epidemiology for the newly integrated Yale-New Haven Hospital and former Hospital of St. Raphael Hospital Epidemiology programs. Her main interests include 1) the prevention and control of transmission of antibiotic resistant organisms in healthcare settings, 2) healthcare facility public health emergency preparedness and 3) training and education for hospital epidemiology and public health emergencies. She has mentored eleven Yale ID Fellows during one-year Hospital Epidemiology Fellowships performed under her supervision, she directs the Yale School of Public Health Healthcare Epidemiology course that is taught annually, has published more than 60 peer reviewed articles and book chapters, and serves on several state and national committees and councils (AHRQ National Advisory Council 2010-1012).
In 2008, Dr. Dembry completed her MBA degree program. She decided to go to business school in 2006 in order to gain formal education and training in skills that hospital epidemiologists are called upon to use daily in their work: program development and management, strategy and strategic thinking as well as leadership and staff development to name a few. She is excited about using her experience and knowledge to help others be as effective as they can be in all aspects of their roles as hospital epidemiologists.