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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
Crnich CJ Jump RL Nace DA . Improving Management of Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults: A Paradigm Shift or Therapeutic Nihilism? J Am Geriatr Soc. 2017 Aug;65(8):1661-1663
[PubMed ID: 28653467]
Schuppener LM Pop-Vicas AE Brooks EG Duster MN Crnich CJ Sterkel AK Webb AP Safdar N . Serratia marcescens Bacteremia: Nosocomial Cluster Following Narcotic Diversion. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 Jul 6;:1-5
[PubMed ID: 28679460]
Dumyati G Stone ND Nace DA Crnich CJ Jump RL . Challenges and Strategies for Prevention of Multidrug-Resistant Organism Transmission in Nursing Homes. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2017 Apr;19(4):18
[PubMed ID: 28382547]
Mody L Greene MT Saint S Meddings J Trautner BW Wald HL Crnich C Banaszak-Holl J McNamara SE King BJ Hogikyan R Edson BS Krein SL . Comparing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Programs Between Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes and Non-Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 Mar;38(3):287-293
[PubMed ID: 27917728]
Brennan MB Hess TM Bartle B Cooper JM Kang J Huang ES Smith M Sohn MW Crnich C . Diabetic foot ulcer severity predicts mortality among veterans with type 2 diabetes. J Diabetes Complications. 2017 Mar;31(3):556-561
[PubMed ID: 27993523]
Brennan MB Allen GO Ferguson PD McBride JA Crnich CJ Smith MA . The Association Between Geographic Density of Infectious Disease Physicians and Limb Preservation in Patients With Diabetic Foot Ulcers. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017 Winter;4(1):ofx015
[PubMed ID: 28480286]
Eke-Usim AC Rogers MA Gibson KE Crnich C Mody L . Constitutional Symptoms Trigger Diagnostic Testing Before Antibiotic Prescribing in High-Risk Nursing Home Residents. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Oct;64(10):1975-1980
[PubMed ID: 27655061]
Batina NG Crnich CJ Anderson DF Döpfer D . Identifying conditions for elimination and epidemic potential of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in nursing homes. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2016;5:32
[PubMed ID: 27688877]
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 Aug 1;17(8):754
[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]