Nasia Safdar, MD Print Friendly PageFaculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
Nasia Safdar has been the Medical Director of Infection Control at UW Hospital and Clinics since 2009. She came to Wisconsin in 1997 for her residency and fellowship. She is board certified in infectious disease and she focuses on healthcare-associated infections, particularly in the acute care setting. Dr. Safdar believes that many health care-associated infections can be prevented with adherence to known best practices. As medical director for the department of infection prevention, her job is to lead the department in its mission of reducing healthcare-associated infections by identifying, testing and implementing interventions that have benefit for reducing health care associated infections (HAI).
She is an associate professor of infectious diseases at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and the Associate Chief of Staff for Research at the William S. Middleton VA Hospital. Her research includes the evaluation of novel and innovative strategies for prevention of HAI. She is currently leading the fecal bacteriotherapy program at UW Hospital and is the principal investigator of a current ongoing VA-funded trial of probiotics for reducing HAI.
UW Health Clinics
UW School of Medicine and Public Health
|Department of Medicine|
Professional Certifications and Education
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, 1995
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Dr. Safdar is interested in examining the efficacy of novel interventions to reduce healthcare-associated infection such as the use of probiotics for reducing colonization by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficileand has ongoing trials in this area.
Meddings J Reichert H Greene MT Safdar N Krein SL Olmsted RN Watson SR Edson B Albert Lesher M Saint S .
Evaluation of the association between Hospital Survey on Patient Safety Culture (HSOPS) measures and catheter-associated infections: results of two national collaboratives. BMJ Qual Saf. 2017 Mar;26(3):226-235
[PubMed ID: 27222593]
Anderson PA Bernatz J Safdar N .
Clostridium difficile Infection: An Orthopaedic Surgeon's Guide to Epidemiology, Management, and Prevention. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017 Mar;25(3):214-223
[PubMed ID: 28134674]
Fitzpatrick MA Suda KJ Safdar N Burns SP Jones MM Poggensee L Ramanathan S Evans CT .
Changes in bacterial epidemiology and antibiotic resistance among veterans with spinal cord injury/disorder over the past 9 years. J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Feb 15;:1-9
[PubMed ID: 28198662]
Liebenstein T Schulz LT Viesselmann C Bingen E Musuuza J Safdar N Rose WE .
Effectiveness and Safety of Tigecycline Compared with Other Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobials in Abdominal Solid Organ Transplant Recipients with Polymicrobial Intraabdominal Infections. Pharmacotherapy. 2017 Feb;37(2):151-158
[PubMed ID: 27983753]
Abbott DE Voils CL Fisher DA Greenberg CC Safdar N .
Socioeconomic disparities, financial toxicity, and opportunities for enhanced system efficiencies for patients with cancer. J Surg Oncol. 2017 Jan 20;
[PubMed ID: 28105638]
Musuuza JS Roberts TJ Carayon P Safdar N .
Assessing the sustainability of daily chlorhexidine bathing in the intensive care unit of a Veteran's Hospital by examining nurses' perspectives and experiences. BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Jan 14;17(1):75
[PubMed ID: 28088171]
Eggers S Barker A Valentine S Hess T Duster M Safdar N .
Impact of Probiotics for Reducing Infections in Veterans (IMPROVE): Study protocol for a double-blind, randomized controlled trial to reduce carriage of Staphylococcus aureus. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Jan;52:39-45
[PubMed ID: 27836508]
Safdar N Sengupta S Musuuza JS Juthani-Mehta M Drees M Abbo LM Milstone AM Furuno JP Varman M Anderson DJ Morgan DJ Miller LG Snyder GM .
Status of the Prevention of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in International Settings: A Survey of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 Jan;38(1):53-60
[PubMed ID: 27817759]
Shirley D Scholtz H Osterby K Musuuza J Fox B Safdar N .
Optimizing Inpatient Urine Culture Ordering Practices Using the Electronic Medical Record: A Pilot Study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Dec 27;:1-3
[PubMed ID: 28025951]
Pop-Vicas A Musuuza JS Schmitz M Al-Niaimi A Safdar N .
Incidence and risk factors for surgical site infection post-hysterectomy in a tertiary care center. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Dec 9;
[PubMed ID: 27938988]
Musuuza JS Safdar N .
Every other day bathing with chlorhexidine gluconate: what is the evidence? Ann Transl Med. 2016 Dec;4(24):506
[PubMed ID: 28149868]
Musuuza JS Hundt AS Zimbric M Carayon P Safdar N .
Standardizing Direct Observation for Assessing Compliance to a Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing Protocol Among Hospitalized Patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Dec;37(12):1516-1518
[PubMed ID: 27677927]
Arriola V Tischendorf J Musuuza J Barker A Rozelle JW Safdar N .
Assessing the Risk of Hospital-Acquired Clostridium Difficile Infection With Proton Pump Inhibitor Use: A Meta-Analysis. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Dec;37(12):1408-1417
[PubMed ID: 27677811]
Misch EA Safdar N .
Updated guidelines for the diagnosis and management of aspergillosis. J Thorac Dis. 2016 Dec;8(12):E1771-E1776
[PubMed ID: 28149638]
Andes DR Safdar N Baddley JW Alexander B Brumble L Freifeld A Hadley S Herwaldt L Kauffman C Lyon GM Morrison V Patterson T Perl T Walker R Hess T Chiller T Pappas PG .
The epidemiology and outcomes of invasive Candida infections among organ transplant recipients in the United States: results of the Transplant-Associated Infection Surveillance Network (TRANSNET). Transpl Infect Dis. 2016 Dec;18(6):921-931
[PubMed ID: 27643395]
Purvis S Kennedy GD Knobloch MJ Marver A Marx J Rees S Safdar N Shirley D .
Incorporation of Leadership Rounds in CAUTI Prevention Efforts. J Nurs Care Qual. 2016 Nov 21;
[PubMed ID: 27875382]
Ruis AR Shaffer DW Shirley DK Safdar N .
Teaching health care workers to adopt a systems perspective for improved control and prevention of health care-associated infections. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Nov 1;44(11):1360-1364
[PubMed ID: 27424302]
Haun N Hooper-Lane C Safdar N .
Healthcare Personnel Attire and Devices as Fomites: A Systematic Review. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Nov;37(11):1367-1373
[PubMed ID: 27609491]
Safdar N Abbo LM Knobloch MJ Seo SK .
Research Methods in Healthcare Epidemiology: Survey and Qualitative Research. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Nov;37(11):1272-1277
[PubMed ID: 27514583]
Becerra MB Shirley D Safdar N .
Prevalence, risk factors, and outcomes of idle intravenous catheters: An integrative review. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Oct 1;44(10):e167-e172
[PubMed ID: 27425008]