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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
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]
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 Sep 28;:1-2
[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 Sep 28;:1-10
[PubMed ID: 27677811]
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]
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 Jul 14;
[PubMed ID: 27424302]
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]
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]
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 Jun;5(2):155-64
[PubMed ID: 27048199]
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. 2016 May 24;
[PubMed ID: 27222593]
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]