Corey A. Forde MD, DM

Dr. Corey A. Forde MD, DM is Head of the Infection Prevention and Control/Infectious Diseases Programs at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital on the beautiful island of Barbados, West Indies.

He is currently Chair of Infection Prevention and Control and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program which he started in Barbados as the first formal program in the English-speaking Caribbean. He also serves as associate lecture in Medicine at University of West Indies, Cave Hill Barbados.

Dr. Forde is a graduate of the University of the West Indies but pursued subspecialty training returning to Barbados in 2014 after training in South Africa and Canada to oversee the Infection Prevention and Control Department. A KPC outbreak at the island only public hospital (600 bedded) in the same year a month after his arrival led to the expansion and development of a robust infection and prevention program with the support of the hospital administration, Barbadian government and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). At the national level the Ministry of Health of Barbados and government supported the development of a National Infection and Prevention Control Committee. In 2015, Dr. Forde lead the development of Caribbean Infection Prevention and Control Conference bringing together several regional countries including the French, Spanish, Dutch and English-speaking Caribbean in Barbados. This has continued every year since and will be hosted in St Kitts and Nevis (2017) with support from SHEA, PAHO and CDC among others.

As a young Infection Preventionist, he has recognised the importance of mentorship and recognises the importance many SHEA leaders including Dr. Nalini Singh, Dr. Steve Gordon and Dr. Andrew Simor (Canada) along with PAHO/WHO (WDC and ECC) play in development of the Caribbean regional programs in IPC & AMR.

Dr. Forde has been an active member of SHEA and was SHEA Ambassador 2016 and currently serves on the SHEA External Affairs Committee. His goals include leadership and mentorship of several low and middle-income countries worldwide in IPC program development and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs. Dr. Forde has highlighted the importance to several regional Caribbean countries in joining SHEA and values the importance of international cooperation and collaboration. Through his term on the External Affairs Committee he is working to engage at least 20 Caribbean countries by 2018 to attain membership in SHEA and  attend the yearly conference.