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Gonzalo Martin Llorens Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP

imageGonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP,  is a Professor of Internal Medicine and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. He is a graduate of Colgate University (BA), SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MD) and Columbia University (MPH). He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and was Chief Resident, both at SUNY at Buffalo. He then completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases and a residency in Preventive Medicine/Public Health, both at Cornell University. Dr. Bearman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and General Preventive Medicine and Public Health.

Nalini Singh, MD, MPH

imageNalini Singh, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics, Epidemiology and Global Health in the Schools of Medicine and Health Care Sciences, and Public Health, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Dr. Singh was Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's National from July 2000 to June 2012 and has worked for over three decades in infectious diseases and infection prevention. She was a member of Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee from 2003-2008 and participated in the development of guidelines for prevention of transmission of multi-drug resistant organisms.

Sarah Haessler, MD

imageDr. Haessler is the Hospital Epidemiologist and a faculty member in the division of Infectious Diseases at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield Massachusetts, and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.  In addition, she oversees infection control at 5 community hospitals in the Western Massachusetts region. She received her medical degree at the George Washington University School of Medicine and completed her medicine and infectious diseases fellowship training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.

Daniel Diekema

imageDr. Daniel Diekema is the 2014 SHEA President of the SHEA Board of Trustees and is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Pathology, and Director of the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He also serves as associate director of the University of Iowa Hospital Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, and the associate hospital epidemiologist at University of Iowa Healthcare. Dr. Diekema’s clinical and research interests include the role of the microbiology laboratory in infection prevention, the epidemiology of invasive fungal infections in hospitalized patients, and the epidemiology of antimicrobial resistance. 

Dr. Lisa Maragakis, MD, MPH

imageDr. Maragakis is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Director of the Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, and is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University. She received her medical degree and post-doctoral Infectious Diseases training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a master’s degree in public health from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Dr. Erik R. Dubberke, MD, MSPH

imageDr. Dubberke is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, where he has been a faculty member in the Division of Infectious Diseases since 2005. He is an Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Medical Director of Infection Control at Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and is the Director of the Section of Transplant Infectious Diseases at Washington University.

Judy Guzman-Cottrill, DO

imageDr. Judy Guzman-Cottrill is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Oregon Health & Science University, where she has been a faculty member in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases since 2004. She co-chairs the Infection Prevention and Control Committee and serves as the Pediatric Medical Director of Infection Control at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland, OR. Dr. Guzman-Cottrill currently serves as the Oregon State Leader for NCABSI, a national 15-state collaborative project aimed to prevent central-line associated bloodstream infections in neonates.

Scott K. Fridkin, MD


Scott K. Fridkin, MD, is currently deputy branch chief of the surveillance branch in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC. He attended medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, and completed his residency at The University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Fridkin spent two years training as an epidemic intelligence officer at the CDC in the Hospital Infections Program before completing a Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois.

Vikas Manchanda, MD

imageDr. Vikas Manchanda received his clinical microbiology training at University College of Medical Sciences New Delhi, India. Currently, he is Head of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya (CNBC) and associated Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi, India. He is heading surveillance and infection control division at CNBC and is secretary of Hospital Infection control committee. He is also head of Quality Management Division and has been instrumental in getting his hospital NABH accredited, making it first public sector hospital in country to achieve this milestone.

Kris Bryant, MD


Dr. Kris Bryant is the hospital epidemiologist at Kosair Children's Hospital and member of the leadership team that oversees infection prevention and control efforts at Norton Healthcare in Louisville, KY. She serves as a member of the Kentucky-State Regional Infection Prevention and Epidemiology (K-STRIPE) Advisory Committee, a group of professionals from different health care fields dedicated to preventing healthcare-associated infections. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, where she directs the Kosair Charities Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship program. Dr. Bryant has been an active member of SHEA since 2000. She is the chair of the SHEA Guidelines Committee, was a long-time member of the Pediatric Special Interest Group, and is a member of the SHEA Pediatric Leadership Council steering committee. She has a special interest in involving fellows in SHEA committees and special projects.

Kavita K. Trivedi, MD


Dr. Kavita K. Trivedi is the Public Health Medical Officer of the Healthcare Associated Infections Program at the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). 

As a medical epidemiologist, Dr. Trivedi created, manages and leads the California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Initiative.  This initiative assists California hospitals and long-term care facilities implement and strengthen antimicrobial stewardship programs.  She also leads CDPH in investigating outbreaks, potential exposures and enquiries regarding infection control and prevention in healthcare settings.  Dr. Trivedi currently serves as the Chair of the SHEA Education Committee.

Stephen G. Weber, MD, MPH

imageDr. Stephen G. Weber is the Chief Medical Officer and Vice President for Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Chicago Medicine.  He is an Associate Professor in the Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health.

Dr. Weber received his MD from the New York University School of Medicine and performed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Chicago, where he also served as Chief Medical Resident.  He completed his subspecialty fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he also received a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Mary Hayden, MD

imageMary Hayden, MD is a specialist in infectious diseases, professor of medicine (infectious diseases) and pathology, and director of the clinical microbiology laboratory at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL. Dr. Hayden's research interests include prevention of healthcare-associated infections, especially those caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Trevor Van Schooneveld, MD

imageDr. Trevor Van Schooneveld is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  He is currently the chair of SHEA Journal Club committee and serves on the Publications committee.  Dr. Van Schooneveld is the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at the Nebraska Medical Center and Associate Medical Director of the Department of Infection Control and Epidemiology.  

Deborah S. Yokoe, MD, MPH

imageDr. Yokoe is the Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Infection Control Department and a member of the Infectious Diseases Division at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her research has focused on evaluating methods for efficient detection of healthcare-associated infections.

John A. Jernigan, M.D., M.S

imageJohn A. Jernigan, M.D., M.S. is currently Director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC), and Clinical Associate  Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. He attended medical school at Vanderbilt University, where he also completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine, and served as Chief Medical Resident. Following his residency, he spent a year practicing medicine in East Africa, then returned to the United States to complete his fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Virginia, where he also earned a Masters Degree in Epidemiology. He joined the faculty of Emory University in 1994, and became Hospital Epidemiologist at Emory University Hospital in 1995.

Louise M. Dembry, MD, MS, MBA

imageDr. 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.

Kerri A Thom, MD, MS


Kerri A Thom, MD, MS, is an infectious disease physician and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. She is also Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Thom's research interests include the epidemiology and transmission of multidrug-resistant gram negative pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention.

William A. Rutala, Ph.D., M.P.H

imageDr. Bill Rutala is a Professor for the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina's School of Medicine, and serves as the Director of Hospital Epidemiology, Occupational Health and Safety Program at the University of North Carolina Health Care System.  He is also Director and co-founder of the Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology at the UNC School of Medicine and a retired Colonel with the U.S. Army Reserve.

Dr. Tara Palmore

imageDr. Palmore is an infectious diseases specialist and Deputy Hospital Epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center. In her clinical role, she serves as an infectious diseases consultant in the Clinical Center, which has a large stem cell transplantation program and other categories of heavily immunosuppressed patients. Dr. Palmore did her undergraduate education at Harvard College and attended the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed internal medicine residency at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell and infectious diseases fellowship at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

Dr. Sharmila Sengupta MD


Dr. Sengupta is a clinical microbiologist, who has been working in infection control and healthcare epidemiology for the last 18 years in India. Though the burden of multi-drug resistant pathogens are very high in India, healthcare epidemiology and infection control are relatively at a nascent stage. She is one of the first Indians to be selected as a SHEA International Ambassador  and has been a part of the small working group of clinicians who are working towards capacity building in training infection control nurses and healthcare epidemiologists.

Daniel J Morgan M.D.


Dr. Morgan was a founding member of the SHEA Research Network. In this role, he conducted a study examining the effect of CMS non-payment policy for CAUTIs that is in press at Clinical Infectious Diseases. He encourages those not members of the SHEA Research Network to Join (completing a short survey ).

In Baltimore, MD, Dr. Morgan is an infectious disease physician and hospital epidemiologist at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and VA Maryland Healthcare System.

Trish M. Perl, MD, MSc

Dr. PerlIn addition to serving as a Course Director for the Fellows Course on Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Control since its inception, Dr. Perl is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Pathology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, and in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is Senior Epidemiologist for The Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland and Florida.

Sara Cosgrove


Sara E. Cosgrove, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and the program co-chair for the Antimicrobial Stewardship leader forum at the SHEA Spring 2012 Conference: Advancing Healthcare Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship. She serves as the Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Neil Fishman


Neil O. Fishman, MD, is Director of Infection Control and the Antimicrobial Management Program for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, and the guest co-editor of the ICHE's dedicated issue on Antimicrobial Stewardship (April 2012).  He is Chair of the Board of Directors of the SHEA Education & Research Foundation. He is also an associate professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. His research focuses on outcome assessment and quality management issues in infectious diseases.

Arjun Srinivasan


Arjun Srinivasan, MD is a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the guest co-editor of ICHE's dedicated issue on Antimicrobial Stewardship (released online on March 15, 2012).  In reference to this critically important special issue, Dr. Srinivasan says, "Improving the use of antibiotics is exactly the type of urgent public health challenge that I think SHEA members are best positioned to tackle."



SHEA is thrilled to welcome Jan Patterson, MD, MS, FSHEA as our 2012 President of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Patterson is currently Professor and Associate Dean for Quality and Lifelong Learning and also directs the Center for Patient Safety and Health Policy at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. She graduated from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston and completed her Internal Medicine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In Memorial: A Tribute to Judene Bartley

imageThe healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention field lost one of its most knowledgeable and dedicated voices with the passing of Judene Bartley, MSc, MPH on December 26, 2011. A tireless advocate for quality improvement in healthcare and an expert on environmental health and occupational health issues in infection control, Judene contributed her time and knowledge to many organizations, including SHEA, APIC, the American Hospital Association, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE), Joint Commission Resources and the CDC. She was devoted to the SHEA mission and the importance of its voice in tying public policy to science and evidence-based practice.

Suzanne Bradley, MD

imageDr. Bradley has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology since 2007.  Her career in infection control began with a long-standing interest in the epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in nursing home residents. At that time, there was little information on the actual prevalence of infection in non-hospital settings or how the spread of these infections might be prevented.  As a participant in the infection control community and in SHEA, she was given many opportunities to improve care for many more older adults than she could have as an individual physician in Infectious Diseases or Geriatrics.

Dr. David Henderson


This month, SHEA is pleased to focus our Member Spotlight on Dr. David Henderson, the General Planning Co-Chair for the 2012 Spring Conference, Advancing Healthcare Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship.  Dr. Henderson is deputy director for clinical care and associate director for quality assurance and hospital epidemiology at the NIH Clinical Center. He first came to NIH in 1979 as the hospital epidemiologist, a position he still holds.

Victoria J. Fraser, MD, FACP


Past Lectureship Winner

Victoria J. Fraser, MD, FACP is the Co-Director Infectious Diseases Division at Washington University School of Medicine and a J. William Campbell Professor of Medicine. Dr. Fraser is the 2011 SHEA Lectureship Recipient. She served as SHEA President in 2007, and has also been the recipient of the Mentor Scholar Award (2009) and Investigator Award (2001).

Dr. John McGowan, Jr.


Past President

Dr. John McGowan, Jr. is a Professor of Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases). He also serves as Director of the MD/MPH Dual Degree Program at Emory, and Assistant Director of the Masters of Science in Clinical Research Program in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Emory University. He is an Investigator for the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR). Dr. McGowan received his MD from Harvard University. His main research interest is the epidemiology and molecular microbiology of antibacterial drug resistance and its relationship to antimicrobial use.

Dr. McGowan is a founding member of SHEA and the first SHEA President (1981). He was the Lectureship Awardee in 1998.

Steven M. Gordon, MD, FACP

imageDr. Gordon, President of SHEA, is the Chairman of the Department of Infectious Disease and a Staff Member in the Transplantation Center at the Cleveland Clinic.

His specific areas of interests include management and treatment of infective endocarditis and cardiac device infections. Among ongoing projects, he has been focusing on antimicrobial stewardship in patients discharged on parenteral antibiotics, use of molecular methods in the management of infective endocarditis, and utility of interferon gamma release assay testing in healthcare workers.

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