Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD is an associate professor, Infectious Disease, and Vice Chair for Research for the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin. She chairs the department’s research committee, which develops and oversees policies for pilot project funding, bridge funding, and the capital exercise process.

The committee's major goal is to foster the success of faculty who are conducting research by offering services such as internal review for grants, setting up mock study sections, and mentoring for junior faculty.

Dr. Safdar earned her medical degree at Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan, where she graduated as class valedictorian. She completed her residency training at UW Hospital and Clinics, followed by a fellowship in Infectious Disease and a fellowship in Women’s Health. Additionally, she earned an MS degree in Population Health Sciences and PhD in Clinical Research at UW-Madison.

Dr. Safdar serves in multiple clinical and research roles, including epidemiologist for UW Health and associate chief of staff for research at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. Her well-funded research program has been supported by agencies such as the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and the National Institutes of Health, among others.

Dr. Safdar's research focuses on healthcare-associated infections particularly in the acute care setting. She is interested in examining the efficacy of novel interventions to reduce healthcare-associated infection such as the use of probiotics for reducing colonization by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile and has ongoing trials in this area. She has received research funding through the Department of Veterans Affairs, the University of Wisconsin Partnership for the Future Program, the Wisconsin Women's Health Foundation, the John A Hartford Foundation, and as a scholar from the National Institute on Aging. She has published over 146 articles in high-impact journals and mentored many undergraduate and medical students, residents, fellows, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior faculty members.

Dr. Safdar currently serves as the Chair of SHEA's research committee and recently spoke regarding the importance mentorship played in her career at the SHEA Education & Research Foundation Dinner at SHEA Spring 2017.