Eli Perencevich, MD, MS

Dr. Eli Perencevich is a tenured Professor of Internal Medicine and Epidemiology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine as well as the Director of the Center for Comprehensive Access & Delivery Research and Evaluation (CADRE) at the Iowa City VA Health Care System. He was recently named Senior Associate for Infection Control Studies for VA's Office of Public Health's National Center for Occupational Health and Infection Control (COHIC).

Dr. Perencevich is an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist with over 15 years experience studying the epidemiology and outcomes of hospital-acquired infections using large administrative databases and multicenter clinical trials. He has significant experience studying the comparative effectiveness of infectious disease treatment and prevention strategies and has received continuous funding through VA HSR&D since 2002. Recent funding includes a VA IIR studying the comparative effectiveness of methods for controlling MRSA and a VA IIR assessing optimal methods for tracking hand-hygiene compliance and feeding back hand-hygiene compliance to healthcare workers.

Currently Dr. Perencevich is the Project Director and PI of a four study, 10-site, VA-funded CREATE grant (Program Project), which each aims to examine a number of approaches to MRSA prevention and eradication within VA. Additionally, he has mentored or co-mentored over 20 current scientists that study the prevention and treatment of hospital-acquired bacterial pathogens.

Dr. Perencevich serves as the Section Editor for Guidelines, Position Papers, and Invited Review for SHEA's scientific Journal, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. He has served on SHEA (2007, 2011) and IDWeek (2012,2013) meeting planning committees and is currently co-chair of the SHEA Planning Committee for SHEA 2015: Science Guiding Prevention, helping to guide the meetings new format for 2015.