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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

Infectious Disease Clinic
University Hospital
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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
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 Jan 26;:1-7
[PubMed ID: 26809477]
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 Jan 25;
[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]
Safdar N Codispoti N Purvis S Knobloch MJ . Patient perspectives on indwelling urinary catheter use in the hospital. Am J Infect Control. 2015 Dec 14;
[PubMed ID: 26698670]
Becerra BJ Banta JE Ghamsary M Martin LR Safdar N . Burden of Mental Illness on Hospital and Patient Outcomes among Asthma Hospitalizations. J Asthma. 2015 Dec 14;:1-20
[PubMed ID: 26666294]
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]
Becerra MB Becerra BJ Safdar N . A nationwide assessment of asthma-mental health nexus among veterans. J Asthma. 2015 Nov 7;:1-6
[PubMed ID: 26549507]
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]
Blakney R Yanke E Fink C Wigton R Safdar N . Optimizing diagnostic testing for Clostridium difficile: The perceptions of physicians and nurses on when to order testing for C difficile. Am J Infect Control. 2015 Aug;43(8):889-91
[PubMed ID: 25957816]
Blakney R Gudnadottir U Warrack S O'Horo JC Anderson M Sethi A Schmitz M Wang J Duster M Ide E Safdar N . The relationship between patient functional status and environmental contamination by Clostridium difficile: a pilot study. Infection. 2015 Aug;43(4):483-7
[PubMed ID: 25869819]
Barker A Duster M Valentine S Archbald-Pannone L Guerrant R Safdar N . Probiotics for Clostridium difficile infection in adults (PICO): Study protocol for a double-blind, randomized controlled trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2015 Jul 22;44:26-32
[PubMed ID: 26210512]
Zellmer C Van Hoof S Safdar N . Variation in health care worker removal of personal protective equipment. Am J Infect Control. 2015 Jul 1;43(7):750-1
[PubMed ID: 26138659]
Becerra MB Becerra BJ Banta JE Safdar N . Impact of Clostridium difficile infection among pneumonia and urinary tract infection hospitalizations: an analysis of the Nationwide Inpatient Sample. BMC Infect Dis. 2015 Jul 1;15:254
[PubMed ID: 26126606]
Safdar N Perencevich E . Crossing the quality chasm for Clostridium difficile infection prevention. BMJ Qual Saf. 2015 Jul;24(7):409-11
[PubMed ID: 25979001]
Morgan DJ Braun B Milstone AM Anderson D Lautenbach E Safdar N Drees M Meddings J Linkin DR Croft LD Pineles L Diekema DJ Harris AD . Lessons learned from hospital Ebola preparation. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Jun;36(6):627-31
[PubMed ID: 25994323]
Evans CT Safdar N . Current Trends in the Epidemiology and Outcomes of Clostridium difficile Infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2015 May 15;60 Suppl 2:S66-71
[PubMed ID: 25922403]
Ramanathan S Hill JN Cameron KA Safdar N Guihan M Evans CT . Relationship between knowledge and attitudes of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and hand hygiene behavior in Veterans with spinal cord injury and disorder. Am J Infect Control. 2015 May 1;43(5):537-9
[PubMed ID: 25952051]
Zellmer C Blakney R Van Hoof S Safdar N . Impact of sink location on hand hygiene compliance for Clostridium difficile infection. Am J Infect Control. 2015 Apr 1;43(4):387-9
[PubMed ID: 25704256]
Yanke E Zellmer C Van Hoof S Moriarty H Carayon P Safdar N . Understanding the current state of infection prevention to prevent Clostridium difficile infection: a human factors and systems engineering approach. Am J Infect Control. 2015 Mar 1;43(3):241-7
[PubMed ID: 25728149]