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.
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]
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]
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. 2016 Nov 9;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. 2016 Nov 7;:1-8
[PubMed ID: 27817759]
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]
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 Sep 19;
[PubMed ID: 27643395]
Al-Niaimi A Rice LW Shitanshu U Garvens B Fitzgerald M Zerbel S Safdar N .
Safety and tolerability of chlorhexidine gluconate (2%) as a vaginal operative preparation in patients undergoing gynecologic surgery. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Sep 1;44(9):996-8
[PubMed ID: 27234011]
O'Horo JC Farrell A Sohail MR Safdar N .
Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae and endoscopy: An evolving threat. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Sep 1;44(9):1032-6
[PubMed ID: 27179395]
McKinley L Becerra B Moriarty H Short TH Hagle M Reymann A Valentine S Duster M Warrack S Safdar N .
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus co-colonization rates with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Clostridium difficile in critically ill veterans. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Sep 1;44(9):1047-9
[PubMed ID: 27067517]
Quast J Knobloch MJ Patterson E Purvis S Shirley D Safdar N .
Understanding Inpatient Perceptions of Indwelling Urinary Catheters Using the Health Belief Model. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Sep;37(9):1098-100
[PubMed ID: 27225225]
Leonhardt KK Keuler M Safdar N Hunter P .
Ebola Preparedness Planning and Collaboration by Two Health Systems in Wisconsin, September to December 2014. Disaster Med Public Health Prep. 2016 Aug;10(4):691-7
[PubMed ID: 26370206]
Safdar N Musuuza JS Xie A Hundt AS Hall M Wood K Carayon P .
Management of ventilator-associated pneumonia in intensive care units: a mixed methods study assessing barriers and facilitators to guideline adherence. BMC Infect Dis. 2016 Jul 22;16:349
[PubMed ID: 27448800]
Becerra MB Becerra BJ Hassija CM Safdar N .
Unmet Mental Healthcare Need and Suicidal Ideation Among U.S. Veterans. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Jul;51(1):90-4
[PubMed ID: 26927480]
Fitzpatrick MA Suda KJ Safdar N Goldstein B Jones MM Poggensee L Ramanathan S LeWan R Evans CT .
Unique Risks and Clinical Outcomes Associated With Extended-Spectrum β-Lactamase Enterobacteriaceae in Veterans With Spinal Cord Injury or Disorder: A Case-Case-Control Study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Jul;37(7):768-76
[PubMed ID: 27025908]
Sheehan SE Coburn JA Singh H Vanness DJ Sittig DF Moberg DP Safdar N Lee KS Brunner MC .
Reducing Unnecessary Shoulder MRI Examinations Within a Capitated Health Care System: A Potential Role for Shoulder Ultrasound. J Am Coll Radiol. 2016 Jul;13(7):780-7
[PubMed ID: 27162045]
Julliard W De Wolfe TJ Fechner JH Safdar N Agni R Mezrich JD .
Amelioration of Clostridium difficile Infection in Mice by Dietary Supplementation With Indole-3-carbinol. Ann Surg. 2016 Jun 8;
[PubMed ID: 27280500]