University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Epidemiology and Prevention and Management of Infectious Diseases

Nosocomial Infections: Emeritus Professor Dr. Dennis Maki is internationally regarded as one of the original architects of modern hospital epidemiology and infection control. He continues to develop novel surveillance and intervention strategies to combat hospital infections and resistance epidemics. Several members of the division utilize epidemiologic analysis tools to identify and address a variety of clinical infectious diseases. Dr. Nasia Safdar's program focuses on drug resistance epidemiology and infection in the acute care setting. Her group is regarded as a leader in use of meta-analysis techniques to address a broad spectrum of hospital infections including C. difficile and the emergence and therapy of drug resistant nosocomial infections. Dr. Chris Crnich's group utilizes similar approaches to study healthcare-associated infections among vulnerable elderly patients with a specific focus on antibiotic-resistance in long-term care facilities. Dr. Meghan Brennan is focusing on the epidemiologic link between non-infectious disease comorbidities and risk and outcome of a variety of infections. Her current program is specifically exploring prediction and prevention of infection in patients with diabetes.

HIV: Dr. Ryan Westergaard's research projects involve interventions to improve quality and continuity of care for HIV-infected patients, with special emphasis on people with psychiatric illness, people who use drugs and prisoners. Dr. Jim Sosman leads a clinical service grant the goal of which is to identify interventions to optimize care for patients with HIV.

Transplant Infectious Diseases: Drs. Jeaninna Smith, David Andes, and Nasia Safdar collaborate with the UW Transplant Surgery and other large transplant centers to better understand the epidemiology and modifiable risk factors for infection in these immunocompromised hosts.

Global Health and Emerging Infectious Diseases: Dr. Jim Conway is actively involved in a variety of projects helping maintain immunization coverage for the prevention of vaccine-preventable disease in children in the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Kurt Reed's laboratory studies the molecular ecology and transmission dynamics of zoonotic and environmental pathogens of public health significance.