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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
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. 2017 Apr;38(4):486-488
[PubMed ID: 28025951]
Barker AK Codella J Ewers T Dundon A Alagoz O Safdar N . Changes to physician and nurse time burdens when caring for patients under contact precautions. Am J Infect Control. 2017 Mar 13;
[PubMed ID: 28302435]
Barker AK Brown K Ahsan M Sengupta S Safdar N . What drives inappropriate antibiotic dispensing? A mixed-methods study of pharmacy employee perspectives in Haryana, India. BMJ Open. 2017 Mar 2;7(3):e013190
[PubMed ID: 28255093]
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. 2017 Mar 1;45(3):284-287
[PubMed ID: 27938988]
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]
Anderson L Weissburg B Rogers K Musuuza J Safdar N Shirley D . Challenges to Safe Injection Practices in Ambulatory Care. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 Feb 27;:1-3
[PubMed ID: 28238289]
Desai KR Chewning B Wilcox A Safdar N . Mail-order pharmacy experience of Veterans living with AIDS/HIV. Res Social Adm Pharm. 2017 Feb 24;
[PubMed ID: 28291673]
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]
Richards KA Cesario S Lim AH Best SL Deeren SM Bushman W Safdar N . Utility of routine urinalysis and urine culture testing in an ambulatory urology clinic: a quality improvement initiative in a Veterans healthcare facility. Can J Urol. 2017 Feb;24(1):8627-8633
[PubMed ID: 28263127]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 Mar;115(3):250-256
[PubMed ID: 28105638]
Hammond EN Duster M Musuuza JS Safdar N . Effect of United States buckwheat honey on antibiotic-resistant hospital acquired pathogens. Pan Afr Med J. 2016 Dec 6;25:212
[PubMed ID: 28292167]
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]