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Deverick J. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. (RWJ)
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine
Project Title: “Bloodstream Infections (BSIs) in Community Hospitals: An Unknown Entity”
About the Project:
The project aimed to delineate the epidemiology of bloodstream infections in community hospitals and, in particular, to determine why 30%-50% of patients with bloodstream infections in community hospitals receive inappropriate antimicrobial therapy.
Deverick J. Anderson, M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Department of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Anderson received a B.S. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997. He then completed his medical degree at Duke University School of Medicine in 2001 and an Internal Medicine Residency at Duke University Medical Center in 2004. Dr. Anderson stayed at Duke University Medical Center to complete his fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He received a Master of Public Health in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health in May of 2007.
Dr. Anderson is currently a participating member of the Infection Control and Prevention group at Duke University Medical Center and the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network. He is chair of the Antibiotic Evaluation Team at Duke University Medical Center and is board-certified in both internal medicine and infectious diseases. He continues to attend on Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease clinical teaching services both at Duke University Medical Center and a local community hospital.
Dr. Anderson is interested in the epidemiology of infections in hospitals. In particular, Dr. Anderson has worked to expand the fields of infectious diseases and hospital epidemiology in community-based hospitals. Using data from a network of more than 35 community hospitals in the southeastern US, he has published research on surgical site infections, bloodstream infections, hospital-acquired infections, and multidrug-resistant organisms in the community hospital setting. He has received several national awards as a result of his research, including the Pfizer Fellowship in Infectious Disease in 2005, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Scholarship Award in 2006, and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s Barry Farr Award in 2008.
Dr. Anderson’s Physician Faculty Scholars Program project, “Bloodstream Infections in Community Hospitals – An Unknown Entity” involved the review and analysis of more than 1,600 cases of bloodstream infection collected from 10 community hospitals. Results from this project will be an important initial step in improving therapy and outcomes for patients with bloodstream infection in community hospitals.
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