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1781
National Priorities and Strategies for HAI Prevention

Session: Symposium: National Gains and Future Targets for Healthcare-associated Infection Prevention
Saturday, October 11, 2014: 2:00 PM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 113-ABC
Denise Cardo, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA

Dr. Denise Cardo is the director of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP), National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Cardo joined CDC in 1993 as a medical epidemiologist in the Hospital Infections Program (later named as DHQP). After holding several leadership positions in DHQP, she was selected as division director in 2003. From November 2012 to September 2013, Dr. Cardo was the Acting CDC Deputy Director for Surveillance, Epidemiology and Laboratory Services. Prior to joining CDC, she had a distinguished career in the division of infectious diseases at one of Brazil's prestigious medical institutions, Escola Paulista de Medicina, Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she received her medical degree, completed her residency and fellowship, and joined the faculty as associated professor of infectious diseases. During 1990-1991, she did a sabbatical at the Hospital Epidemiology Program, University of Tennessee, Memphis. Dr. Cardo has been involved in healthcare epidemiology and hospital infections since 1984 and is internationally recognized as an expert and leader in the area. Her interests include patient safety, occupational health, prevention of healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance, and public health-healthcare interactions to promote health. She is the author of several research and reviewed papers including book chapters and has received several awards for her work.



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