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 Expert  722566

Expert in Infectious Diseases, Infection Control, Epidemiology, Public Health, and Pediatrics


Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

South Carolina (SC)
USA
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Expert was an author on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Guideline for Prevention of Transmission of M. tuberculosis in Healthcare Settings and the WHO Guideline for Prevention of M. tuberculosis Transmission in Healthcare Settings in Developing Countries. He was also involved in the conduct of studies of the efficacy of BCG vaccine in the prevention of TB and/or mycobacteremia in patients and/or healthcare workers in the United States, Thailand, Taiwan, Malawi, and other countries. In addition, he participated in a number of studies assessing the immunology of BCG vaccine and its ability to prevent TB.
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bacillus Calmette-Guerin vaccine

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis

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tuberculosis

For 17 years, Expert coordinated and supervised the branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was responsible for conducting investigations of outbreaks in healthcare settings. He and his team investigated over 150 outbreaks, solved them all, and prevented recurrences. The investigations led to over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Many of these outbreaks involved intrinsic (at the time of manufacture) or extrinsic (at time of use) contamination with bacteria. In each outbreak, the source and mode of contamination was identified. Often, these investigations involved collaboration with manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration, and local and state health departments.
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bacterial contamination

Expert is board certified in pediatrics and has training in pediatric infectious diseases, epidemiology, and public health and preventive medicine. He has attended in pediatric infectious diseases at Emory University for over 20 years. In addition, he frequently gives lectures, teaches courses, or mentors medical students, public health students or pediatric infectious disease fellows. He has written many peer review publications, book chapters, and surveillance reports on clinical medicine, particularly involving infectious diseases and healthcare-associated infections. Expert often lectures on clinical infectious diseases at national and international meetings. In addition, he has trained over 50 U.S. and over 20 international clinicians in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention and control.
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clinical medicine

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pediatric infectious disease

Expert has been involved in conducting clinical research for over 23 years. He has developed or supervised the development and conduct of nearly 100 study protocols, is familiar with ethical and human subjects issues, study design, data collection, data analysis and publication of data from studies. He has over 70 publications of clinical studies, most involving healthcare epidemiology, prevention and control of infections in hospitals, prevention of M. tuberculosis transmission in healthcare settings, and in enhancing clinical medicine and microbiology in developing countries. In addition, he has designed and conducted studies of detection of bloodstream infections in febrile patients in developing countries.
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clinical research

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clinical study

Expert was trained in epidemiology and public health at Yale University and in Preventive Medicine at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He is an adjunct assistant professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University where he has lectured on prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections for over 10 years. He has a number of positions at CDC, including Assistant Chief of the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) system, and Chief of the Epidemiology Branch. For 17 years, he coordinated and supervised the Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was responsible for conducting investigations of outbreaks in healthcare settings. He and his team investigated over 150 outbreaks, solved them all, and prevented recurrences. The investigations led to over 200 peer-reviewed publications. Many of these outbreaks involved intrinsic (at the time of manufacture) or extrinsic (at time of use) contamination with bacteria. In each outbreak, the source and mode of contamination was identified. Often, these investigations involved collaboration with manufacturers, the Food and Drug Administration and local and state health departments. He also was responsible for the development and publication of many of the Hospital Infection Program, CDC Guidelines for the Prevention of Nosocomial Infections.
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epidemiology

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus

For 17 years, Expert coordinated and supervised the Branch at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that was responsible for conducting investigations of outbreaks in healthcare settings. He and his team investigated over 150 outbreaks, solved them all, and prevented recurrences. The investigations led to over 200 peer-reviewed publications. His branch was the first to investigate outbreaks associated with provision of intravenous therapy in home settings. These led to a JAMA article on bloodstream infections in home care associated with needleless devices. In addition, he and his team investigated a number of other outbreaks in home health care settings and published these results. He has published on the importance of surveillance for infections associated with home health care. He has been a speaker on infections and infection prevention in home care at national and international meetings. He has worked with national organizations and local and state health departments to develop definitions of and methods for surveillance for infections in home care.
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home health care

Expert is a board certified pediatrician with subsequent training in pediatric infectious diseases. He has been a reviewer and author of many of the chapters in the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Red Book, a guide for clinicians on immunization practices. In addition, he has conducted and published several studies on immunization practices in patients and healthcare workers. He was the supervisor of the Hospital Infections Program, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Guideline for Prevention of Infection In Healthcare Workers. He has been a vocal advocate for immunization of pediatric patients and for healthcare workers to prevent the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. He is an author of the 12 steps program for prevention of antimicrobial resistance in pediatric patients, which highlights the importance of immunization.
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immunization

Expert was an author of the CDC Hand Hygiene Guideline and has been involved in numerous studies evaluating the impact of antimicrobial soaps. In addition, he has conducted numerous outbreak investigations in which hand hygiene was a factor. He has consulted with several manufacturers who produce hand hygiene (antibacterial soaps) products.
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antibacterial soap

Expert has been a leader in infection control for over 20 years. He has been President of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America (SHEA), currently is on the Board of Directors (and Vice-President) of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control, Inc. (APIC) Research Foundation, and is active in other SHEA and APIC activities. He has investigated and published over 150 hospital outbreaks, written many of the current infection control guidelines, conducted hundreds of epidemiologic studies, and trained over 50 EIS officers at CDC. He spent over 22 years at CDC in leadership positions in infection control and is considered one of the world's experts in this area.
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infection control

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hospital epidemiology

Expert has published a wide variety of infection prevention guidelines at CDC and with SHEA. He has conducted numerous intervention studies documenting prevention in action. He has over 350 publications on infection prevention. He is viewed as one of the world's experts in real infection prevention in the United States and throughout the world. He is working with a variety of medical manufacturers to implement infection prevention throughout the world.
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infection prevention

Expert is trained in pediatric infectious diseases and has practiced for over 25 years. He is on the faculty at Emory University and has written widely on the subject. He has trained numerous infectious diseases fellows. He speaks widely on infectious disease treatment and prevention.
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infectious disease

Expert has been involved and a leader in infectious disease control for over 25 years. He has written widely, made presentations, and consulted on infectious disease control throughout the United States and the world. He has over 350 publications in the area and consults with medical manufacturers on this subject.
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infectious disease control

Expert has wide experience with medical devices. While at CDC, he often supervised outbreak investigations involving such devices. He has worked with the FDA and State Health Departments on medical device evaluation. He has consulted with medical device manufacturers. He has been on national and international committees making recommendations on medical device use.
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medical device

Expert has been involved in the evaluation of medical instruments for over 25 years. He has written guidelines, and conducted outbreak investigations and epidemiologic studies evaluating such devices.
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medical instrument

Expert is a world leader in nosocomial infection control. He has been President of SHEA, and is on the SHEA annual planning committee. He is Acting Editor of ICHE (the SHEA journal). He has been involved in the prevention and control of nosocomial infections for over 25 years. Expert has written over 350 peer-reviewed publications on this subject, one book, and numerous guidelines and surveillance reports. He has consulted throughout the world on infection prevention. He is one of the world's leading experts in the area.
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nosocomial infection

Expert has been a world's leader in studying the epidemiology and impact of antimicrobial resistance. He is an author of the SHEA Guideline to control antimicrobial resistance and has conducted numerous interventions showing how infection control methods (rather than antimicrobial controls) can reduce MDROs.
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primary drug resistance

Expert has conducted studies of, outbreak investigations of, and written about P. aeruginosa for 25 years. He has authored both chapters and guidelines on this subject. He has presented at national and international meetings on this subject.
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Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Expert has conducted outbreak investigations of and written widely about this pathogen. He is viewed as one of the world's leading experts in the epidemiology of this pathogen in hospital infections.
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Pseudomonas pickettii

Expert spent 23 years in the U.S. Public Health Service, rising to the rank of Captain (retired). He was at CDC for these 23 years and is viewed as a world's expert in public health. He has interacted and collaborated with other PHS agencies, including the FDA and NIH, with the WHO, and with U.S. state health department personnel. He has collaborated with other PHS agencies on outbreak investigations, guideline development, and epidemiologic studies. He has a very solid understanding of how the public health system works in the United States and throughout the world.
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public health

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health care system

Expert is a world's expert in staphylococcal infections. He has conducted numerous studies, written guidelines, and investigated outbreaks involving these pathogens. He has conducted studies showing how to reduce infections by these pathogens. He has treated many children with staphylococcal infections. He was an author on the first description of a VISA strain in the United States. He wrote the guideline for prevention of transmission of VISA and VRSA. He has consulted with medical manufacturers and with medico-legal experts on prevention and control of staphylococcal infections.
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staphylococcal infection

Expert is a world's expert in surgical infection epidemiology and prevention. He wrote the CDC Guideline for Prevention of Surgical Site Infection (SSI). He has conducted numerous studies of, and has made presentations throughout the world on, SSI prevention. Expert has consulted with medical manufacturers on SSI prevention. He has conducted numerous outbreak investigations and published on SSI prevention and risk factors.
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surgical infection

As a pediatric infectious disease expert, Expert is very familiar with vaccination strategies. He has conducted numerous studies of vaccine preventable diseases and the impact of vaccination on infectious diseases in international settings.
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vaccination

Expert is trained in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. He has attended in pediatric infectious diseases at Emory University for over 20 years. He is on the faculty at Emory University in pediatrics. He has conducted numerous outbreak investigations and studies in pediatric infectious diseases.
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pediatrics

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pediatric immunology


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Savannah, Georgia;  Charleston, South Carolina;  and North Charleston, South Carolina.

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Epidemiology, Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases, HIV/ AIDS,...
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Microbiology: Bacteria, Molds/ Fungi - Identification,...
Public Health, Prevention of Infectious Diseases,...

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1974   M.D.   Medicine   University of Texas, Houston  
1970   B.S.   Psychology   University of California, Davis   High Honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2003 to

 

(Undisclosed University)

 


 

President

 

Expert is responsible for medical consulting in infectious diseases, pediatric infectious diseases, infection control, healthcare epidemiology, infection prevention, protocol design (research), survey design, epidemiology, and public health.

1980 to 2002

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Hospital Infections Program

 

Acting Director; Assoc. Director for Program Development; Chief, Investigation and Prevention Branch

 

He was responsible for the investigation (supervision) of all outbreaks and epidemiologic studies in healthcare settings and for developing all CDC guidelines for prevention of infection in healthcare settings. He was also responsible for training EIS officers in epidemiologic methods.

2002 to 2003

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Office of Extramural Research, National Center for Infectious Diseases

 

Director

 

Expert was responsible for building an extramural research program and funding over $10 million in grants. He built the office of extramural research in NCID, CDC. He worked closely with the NIH's Office of Extramural Research.

1985 to

 

(Undisclosed University)

 

Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, and Immunology

 

Clinical Associate Professor

 

He is responsible for attending on pediatric infectious diseases, and teaching and mentoring Fellows in infectious diseases.

1990 to

 

(Undisclosed University)

 

Department of Epidemiology

 

Clinical Assistant Professor

 

Expert is responsible for lecturing in healthcare epidemiology, outbreak investigation, and infection prevention.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

Expert is a member of SHEA, APIC, IDSA, ASM, AAP, SPR, and Sigma Xi.

Licenses/Certifications

He has an M.D. degree and holds medical licenses in Georgia, Texas, and California.

Professional Appointments

Expert is Acting Editor of “Infection Control and Epidemiology,” former President of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and is Vice-President and member of the APIC Research Foundation Board of Directors.

Awards/Recognition

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and in addition holds two infectious disease fellowships. He graduated from college with High Honors. Expert is a two-time recipient of the Spark's award for academic excellence, has over 20 PHS awards, received the CDC Philip Brachman (teaching) Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, and the SHEA and APIC Scientific excellence awards.

Medical/Professional Internships

Expert was an intern in Pediatrics at the University of Texas, Houston. He completed his Residency in Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. He had a Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and at Yale University School of Medicine (virology and public health). He completed his Preventive Medicine Residency at CDC.


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He has over 400 peer-reviewed publications, 50 book chapters, one book, and over 50 CDC surveillance reports (MMWRs). He also has much experience with the media.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology  
 - New England Journal of Medicine  
 - Journal of Infectious Diseases  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role   Description
1980 to 2003   Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   Acting Director, Hospital Infections Program; Director, Office of Extramual Research, NCID   Expert was Chief, Epidemiology Branch; Chief, Investigation and Prevention Branch; and Acting Director of the Hospital Infections Program. He supervised outbreak investigations, epidemiology training, and guideline development. He also began and developed the Office of Extramural Research in NCID, which funded over 10 million dollars in grants.

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert conducted over 150 outbreak investigations in the U.S. and throughout the world and solved them all.
  • He has consulted with medical manufacturers, hospitals, and Ministries of Health. He has also consulted in infection control and infectious diseases in numerous countries throughout the world and for WHO and PAHO.
  • Expert was responsible for providing epidemiology training to over 100 physicians while at CDC, during a two-year training period.
  • He developed the CDC's National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) system.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert provided medical-legal assistance to the Department of Justice and to a variety of private lawyers and hospitals.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
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Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1995 to   Asia   Expert has consulted and conducted studies in Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other Asian countries.
1994 to   Africa   He has consulted on infectious diseases (including tuberculosis) and infection control in several countries in Africa (Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana, etc.)
1985 to   Indonesia   Expert consulted and helped the Indonesian government and Dr. Soetoma Hospital develop an infection control program.
1991 to   South America   He has consulted and conducted studies in a wide variety of South American countries and assisted them in developing infection control guidelines and surveillance systems.
1993 to   U.S., Canada, and Other Countries   Expert started the Pediatric Prevention Network in the U.S. and Canada (and a few other countries); it is a multicenter collaborative effort to conduct surveillance and epidemiologic studies in infection control and prevention in pediatric patients.

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

He has provided symposia and presentations all over the world (over 1000 presentations at major meetings).

Other Skills and Services

Expert has provided consultation to the pharmaceutical and medical manufacturing industry.


 

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