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Prevention and Treatment of Neurosurgical Shunt Infections

Session: Symposium: Surgical Device Infections in Children
Friday, October 10, 2014: 10:30 AM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 115-ABC
Tamara Simon, MD, MSPH, Pediatrics, University of Washington/Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle, WA

Tamara D. Simon, MD, MSPH is an pediatric hospitalist with a research focus on improving the quality of evidence in the inpatient care we provide to pediatric medical and surgical patients, in particular, the vulnerable child with medically complexity. She graduated from Colgate University, served in the US Peace Corps in Ghana, and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine (go Tarheels!). She completed a pediatrics residency followed by a master’s degree and research fellowship at the University of Colorado/ Children’s Hospital Denver. She spent her first four years as faculty at the University of Utah/ Primary Children’s Medical Center. In 2009, she obtained a K23 career development award from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke focused on conduct of multi-center studies of cerebrospinal fluid shunt infections. She has been an active investigator in both the Hydrocephalus Clinical Research Network since 2007 and Pediatic Research in Inpatient Settings Executive Council. She has also served as the Hospital Medicine Special Interest Group co-chair for the Academic Pediatric Association and co-chair of the 2012 Pediatric Hospital Medicine meeting. In July 2010, she moved to her current position as Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Washington/ Seattle Children’s Hospital. In addition to her work on clinical risk factros for CSF shunt infections which she studied during her K23, her research interests have focused on the microbial environment of CSF shunt infections.

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