42. Integration of prompt pathogen identification from blood culture and antimicrobial stewardship to reduce hospital costs
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: Rapid Diagnostics for Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship
Thursday, October 3, 2013: 7:35 AM
Room: The Moscone Center: 130-131 (Hall E)
James Musser, MD, PhD, Pathology and Genomic Medicine, The Methodist Hospital System, Houston, TX

James M. Musser, M.D., Ph.D. holds the Fondren Distinguished Endowed Chair and is Chair of the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine in The Methodist Hospital System. He also directs the Center for Molecular and Translational Human Infectious Diseases Research at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. He is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Musser received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. After residency training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, he joined the faculty of Baylor College of Medicine in 1991, where he was promoted to professor in 1998. In 1999, he accepted a position with the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, where he was Founding Chief of the Laboratory of Human Bacterial Pathogenesis. In 2005, he and his laboratory moved to The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. He works primarily on the molecular pathogenesis of group A Streptococcus (the “flesh-eating” pathogen), Staphylococcus aureus, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis (the cause of tuberculosis), with a special emphasis on human-pathogen molecular interactions using genome-wide investigative strategies. His group also uses genome-scale analyses to decipher the molecular events underpinning epidemics. He has had a long-standing interest in group A Streptococcus vaccinology. Dr. Musser is an elected member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Microbiology, Association of University Pathologists (Pluto Society), American Society for Clinical Investigation, and Association of American Physicians. He has received many national honors and awards, including the ICAAC Young Investigator Award (1992), and the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Award (1999) and Chugai Award for Excellence in Mentoring and Scholarship (2007), both sponsored by the American Society for Investigative Pathology. He is president-elect of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, and serves on the Board of Directors, Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. He has published almost 400 papers and book chapters in the field of bacterial infectious diseases.



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