Victoria J. Fraser, MD, is the Adolphus Busch Professor of Medicine, chair of the Department of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, and physician-in-chief for Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is also the director of the Clinical Research Training Center at Washington University and co-principal investigator of the university’s Institute of Clinical and Translational Science. An expert in infectious disease and antibiotic resistance, Dr. Fraser currently focuses her research on preventing and controlling hospital-acquired infections, adverse events and medical errors. Healthcare-associated infections affect almost 2 million people in the US. By analyzing administrative data and electronic health records in an integrated health care system, Dr. Fraser has identified risk factors for these infections, determined their morbidity, mortality and costs, and applied interventions in real-world settings to successfully reduce their occurrence. Her clinical interests include the care of underserved patients, specifically patients with HIV/AIDS, and acute chronic infections. She has experience developing and implementing interventions to improve healthcare outcomes in multiple clinical settings. Many organizations have funded Dr. Fraser’s research, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. She is the principal investigator of a CDC Prevention Epicenters Program grant. In addition, she is PI for the Doris Duke Fund to Retain Clinical Scientists at WU. She currently serves as a grant reviewer for the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program, and has served on the NIAID Microbiology and Infectious Diseases study section in addition to several NIH special emphasis review panels. Dr. Fraser has mentored numerous trainees who have gone on to careers in academic medicine and has developed specific coursework for trainees beginning clinical research careers. At the School of Medicine, she has received the Neville Grant Award, Distinguished Service Teaching Awards and the Academic Women’s Network Mentoring Award. She received the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Lectureship, the SHEA Mentor Scholar Award and the SHEA Investigator Award, and has served as SHEA president. She was the 2013 Presidential Lecturer at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Maxwell Finland Lecturer at the 2013 IDWeek, the annual scientific meeting of infectious disease professionals. Dr. Fraser received the Washington University in St. Louis Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award in 2014, and the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine Alumni Citation of Merit Award in 2016. In 2017, she received the St. Louis Business Journal Most Influential Business Woman Award, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Ally for Equality Award, and she was elected as a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America Board of Directors. She received the WUSM Academic Women’s Network Pillar of Support Award in 2018. Dr. Fraser received her doctorate in medicine from the University of Missouri and was an internal medicine resident and chief resident at the University of Colorado. She completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Fraser lives with her husband, Dr. Steve Miller, in Richmond Heights. They are the parents of three children, Jake, Becky and Hallie.
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