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Faculty, 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.


Infectious Diseases

UW Health Clinics

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

Hospital Affiliation(s)

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

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Infectious Diseases
Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
Medical School Aga Khan University Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan, 1995


Best Doctors® in America 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Languages Spoken

Urdu, English
Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

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. 

PubMed Articles
Morgan DJ Safdar N Milstone AM Anderson DJ . Research Methods in Healthcare Epidemiology and Antimicrobial Stewardship. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 Jun;37(6):627-8
[PubMed ID: 27074955]
O'Horo JC Farrell A Sohail MR Safdar N . Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae and endoscopy: An evolving threat. Am J Infect Control. 2016 May 11;
[PubMed ID: 27179395]
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 May 5;
[PubMed ID: 27162045]
Tischendorf J de Avila RA Safdar N . Risk of infection following colonization with carbapenem-resistant Enterobactericeae: A systematic review. Am J Infect Control. 2016 May 1;44(5):539-43
[PubMed ID: 26899297]
Musuuza JS Barker A Ngam C Vellardita L Safdar N . Assessment of Fidelity in Interventions to Improve Hand Hygiene of Healthcare Workers: A Systematic Review. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 May;37(5):567-75
[PubMed ID: 26861117]
Heid C Knobloch MJ Schulz LT Safdar N . Use of the Health Belief Model to Study Patient Perceptions of Antimicrobial Stewardship in the Acute Care Setting. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 May;37(5):576-82
[PubMed ID: 26809477]
Becerra BJ Banta JE Ghamsary M Martin LR Safdar N . Burden of mental illness on hospital and patient outcomes among asthma hospitalizations. J Asthma. 2016 May;53(4):392-7
[PubMed ID: 26666294]
Schulte DM Duster M Warrack S Valentine S Jorenby D Shirley D Sosman J Catz S Safdar N . Feasibility and patient satisfaction with smoking cessation interventions for prevention of healthcare-associated infections in inpatients. Subst Abuse Treat Prev Policy. 2016 Apr 26;11:15
[PubMed ID: 27113448]
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 Apr 7;
[PubMed ID: 27067517]
Zellmer C De Wolfe TJ Van Hoof S Blakney R Safdar N . Patient Perspectives on Fecal Microbiota Transplantation for Clostridium Difficile Infection. Infect Dis Ther. 2016 Apr 5;
[PubMed ID: 27048199]
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 Mar 30;:1-9
[PubMed ID: 27025908]
Safdar N Codispoti N Purvis S Knobloch MJ . Patient perspectives on indwelling urinary catheter use in the hospital. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Mar 1;44(3):e23-4
[PubMed ID: 26698670]
Becerra MB Becerra BJ Safdar N . A nationwide assessment of asthma-mental health nexus among veterans. J Asthma. 2016 Mar;53(2):164-9
[PubMed ID: 26549507]
Becerra MB Becerra BJ Hassija CM Safdar N . Unmet Mental Healthcare Need and Suicidal Ideation Among U.S. Veterans. Am J Prev Med. 2016 Feb 26;
[PubMed ID: 26927480]
Rogus-Pulia N Rusche N Hind JA Zielinski J Gangnon R Safdar N Robbins J . Effects of Device-Facilitated Isometric Progressive Resistance Oropharyngeal Therapy on Swallowing and Health-Related Outcomes in Older Adults with Dysphagia. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Feb;64(2):417-24
[PubMed ID: 26804715]
Rao K Safdar N . Fecal microbiota transplantation for the treatment of Clostridium difficile infection. J Hosp Med. 2016 Jan;11(1):56-61
[PubMed ID: 26344412]
Funk LM Jolles SA Greenberg CC Schwarze ML Safdar N McVay MA Whittle JC Maciejewski ML Voils CI . Primary care physician decision making regarding severe obesity treatment and bariatric surgery: A qualitative study. Surg Obes Relat Dis. 2015 Dec 2;
[PubMed ID: 26948943]
Singh N Winston DJ Limaye AP Pelletier S Safdar N Morris MI Meneses K Busuttil RW Wagener MM Wheat LJ . Performance Characteristics of Galactomannan and β-d-Glucan in High-Risk Liver Transplant Recipients. Transplantation. 2015 Dec;99(12):2543-50
[PubMed ID: 26050015]
Caya T Musuuza J Yanke E Schmitz M Anderson B Carayon P Safdar N . Using a Systems Engineering Initiative for Patient Safety to Evaluate a Hospital-wide Daily Chlorhexidine Bathing Intervention. J Nurs Care Qual. 2015 Oct-Dec;30(4):337-44
[PubMed ID: 26035708]
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. 2015 Sep 15;:1-7
[PubMed ID: 26370206]