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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Crnich has a general research interest in healthcare-associated infections among vulnerable elderly patients with a specific focus on antibiotic-resistance in long-term care facilities. 


Infectious Diseases

UW Health Clinics

University Hospital
(608) 263-0946 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter, Veterans Hospital - Wm. S. Middleton Memorial (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL, 1997


Best Doctors® in America 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors in America® 2013

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Dr. Crnich’s research has utilized data collected from a prospective cohort study to better understand the transmission dynamics of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli in Wisconsin nursing homes, elucidate the factors associated with acquisition of these pathogens, and begin to explore the role that different antibiotic classes play in this process.

PubMed Articles
Jump RL Crnich CJ Nace DA . Cloudy, Foul-Smelling Urine Not a Criteria for Diagnosis of Urinary Tract Infection in Older Adults. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 May 20;
[PubMed ID: 27217095]
Jindai K Sterkel AK Reed KD Crnich CJ . Limb Embolism in a 52-Year-Old Woman. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 May 15;62(10):1320-1
[PubMed ID: 27118830]
Heath B Bernhardt J Michalski TJ Crnich CJ Moehring R Schmader KE Olds D Higgins PA Jump RL . Results of a Veterans Affairs employee education program on antimicrobial stewardship for older adults. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Mar 1;44(3):349-51
[PubMed ID: 26553404]
Crnich CJ Jump R Trautner B Sloane PD Mody L . Optimizing Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes: A Narrative Review and Recommendations for Improvement. Drugs Aging. 2015 Sep;32(9):699-716
[PubMed ID: 26316294]
Mody L Crnich C . Effects of Excessive Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Aug;175(8):1339-41
[PubMed ID: 26121096]
Jump RL Heath B Crnich CJ Moehring R Schmader KE Olds D Higgins PA . Knowledge, beliefs, and confidence regarding infections and antimicrobial stewardship: a survey of Veterans Affairs providers who care for older adults. Am J Infect Control. 2015 Mar 1;43(3):298-300
[PubMed ID: 25728158]
Brennan MB Barocas JA Crnich CJ Hess TM Kolehmainen CJ Sosman JM Sethi AK . "Oops! I forgot HIV": resident physician self-audits and universal HIV screening. J Infect Public Health. 2015 Mar-Apr;8(2):161-9
[PubMed ID: 25277258]
Crnich CJ Duster M Warrack S Maki D Safdar N . Comparison of pulsed-gel electrophoresis and a commercial repetitive-element PCR method for assessment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus clustering in different health care facilities. J Clin Microbiol. 2014 Jun;52(6):2027-32
[PubMed ID: 24671801]
Nace DA Drinka PJ Crnich CJ . Clinical uncertainties in the approach to long term care residents with possible urinary tract infection. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2014 Feb;15(2):133-9
[PubMed ID: 24461240]
Drinka PJ Crnich CJ Nace DA . An antibiotic prescription induces resistance at the individual level more than the group level. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2013 Sep;14(9):707-8
[PubMed ID: 23773302]
Crnich CJ Duster M Hess T Zimmerman DR Drinka P . Antibiotic resistance in non-major metropolitan skilled nursing facilities: prevalence and interfacility variation. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012 Nov;33(11):1172-4
[PubMed ID: 23041821]
Crnich CJ Drinka P . Medical device-associated infections in the long-term care setting. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2012 Mar;26(1):143-64
[PubMed ID: 22284381]
Drinka P Bonham P Crnich CJ . Swab culture of purulent skin infection to detect infection or colonization with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2012 Jan;13(1):75-9
[PubMed ID: 21621476]
Crnich CJ . Estimating excess length of stay due to central line-associated bloodstream infection: separating the wheat from the chaff. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010 Nov;31(11):1115-7
[PubMed ID: 20923283]
Crnich CJ Safdar N Robinson J Zimmerman D . Longitudinal trends in antibiotic resistance in US nursing homes, 2000-2004. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007 Aug;28(8):1006-8
[PubMed ID: 17620252]
Crnich CJ Maki DG . Are antimicrobial-impregnated catheters effective? When does repetition reach the point of exhaustion? Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Sep 1;41(5):681-5
[PubMed ID: 16080091]
Crnich CJ Halfmann JA Crone WC Maki DG . The effects of prolonged ethanol exposure on the mechanical properties of polyurethane and silicone catheters used for intravascular access. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2005 Aug;26(8):708-14
[PubMed ID: 16156328]
Crnich CJ Safdar N Maki DG . The role of the intensive care unit environment in the pathogenesis and prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia. Respir Care. 2005 Jun;50(6):813-36; discussion 836-8
[PubMed ID: 15913471]
Safdar N Crnich CJ Maki DG . The pathogenesis of ventilator-associated pneumonia: its relevance to developing effective strategies for prevention. Respir Care. 2005 Jun;50(6):725-39; discussion 739-41
[PubMed ID: 15913465]
Crnich CJ Maki DG . Are antimicrobial-impregnated catheters effective? Don't throw out the baby with the bathwater. Clin Infect Dis. 2004 May 1;38(9):1287-92
[PubMed ID: 15127342]