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HOSPITAL EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION PREVENTION & CONTROL

Healthcare-associated infections (HAI) are increasingly recognized as a significant problem in healthcare. In the US, an estimated 2 million patients a year acquire a HAI and 90,000 of these patients die as a result. Hence, infection prevention and hospital epidemiology are areas of progressively growing importance.

The Department of Infection Prevention & Control (IP&C) at NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Hospital has a robust program that covers all 5 inpatient hospitals across the Columbia and Cornell campuses, including over 2000 beds, 16 intensive care units, and significant populations of immunocompromised patients including oncology, bone marrow transplant, solid organ transplant, and HIV/AIDS. IP&C works closely with the Division of Infectious Diseases in:

  • Preventing adverse outcomes of hospital-acquired infections and related events
  • Managing infection outbreaks
  • Supporting infection control-related work of all Hospital staff
  • Minimizing occupational hazards associated with the delivery of healthcare
  • Developing staff, patient and visitor education materials
  • Fostering evidence-based decision making in the Hospital's continual pursuit of excellence

There are 6 hospital epidemiologists across the campuses who work to support the NYP IP&C department. They are board-certified in infectious diseases, faculty members in the Columbia or Cornell Infectious Diseases divisions, and are widely recognized and published in the field of infection control/hospital epidemiology.

Hospital Epidemiologists at NYP:

Yoko Furuya, MD MS – Medical Director, IP&C; Hospital Epidemiologist, NYP/Columbia (Milstein Hospital)

Brian Scully, MD – Hospital Epidemiologist, NYP/Columbia (Milstein Hospital)

Lisa Saiman, MD MPH - Hospital Epidemiologist, NYP/Columbia (Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York)

Philip Graham, MD MSc - Hospital Epidemiologist, NYP/Columbia (Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York)

Neville Clynes, MD – Hospital Epidemiologist, NYP/Columbia (Allen Hospital)

David Calfee, MD MS - Hospital Epidemiologist, NYP/Cornell

Education

A multifaceted hospital epidemiology curriculum led by Drs. Furuya and Saiman has been created for fellows, which includes: didactics on basics of hospital epidemiology, exposure investigations, and outbreak investigations; participation in infection prevention meetings; didactics and participation in occupational health-related infection control issues (e.g., healthcare worker exposures to bloodborne pathogens or other exposures); participation in surveillance of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) with infection preventionists. Finally, fellows are mentored by Dr. Furuya or Dr. Saiman in a focused Quality Assessment project related to hospital epidemiology that can ultimately be submitted as an abstract to a national meeting.

Research Opportunities

There are numerous ongoing clinical research projects related to epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections or antimicrobial resistance, as well as outcome research projects evaluating interventions around infection prevention or antimicrobial stewardship. Collaborations can occur across both the Columbia and Cornell campuses, resulting in very robust studies with a large and diverse patient population. Additionally, collaborations are possible with faculty in the Mailman School of Public Health and School of Nursing, including with prominent healthcare researchers such as Elaine Larson, PhD, who has published extensively on hand hygiene and other areas in healthcare epidemiology, and Patricia Stone, PhD, who is widely recognized as an expert in cost effectiveness analyses in healthcare epidemiology.