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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Crnich has a general research interest in healthcare-associated infections among vulnerable elderly patients with a specific focus on antibiotic-resistance in long-term care facilities. 


Infectious Diseases


University Hospital
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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Fellowship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL

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Dr. Crnich’s research has utilized data collected from a prospective cohort study to better understand the transmission dynamics of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and fluoroquinolone-resistant Escherichia coli in Wisconsin nursing homes, elucidate the factors associated with acquisition of these pathogens, and begin to explore the role that different antibiotic classes play in this process.

PubMed Articles
Barnett SG Lata P Kavalier M Crnich C Balasubramanian P Antibiotic assessment at hospital discharge-Room for stewardship intervention. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2020 Feb;41(2):209-211
[PubMed ID: 31779728]
Pulia MS Keller SC Crnich CJ Jump RLP Yoshikawa TT Antibiotic Stewardship for Older Adults in Ambulatory Care Settings: Addressing an Unmet Challenge. J Am Geriatr Soc . 2020 Feb;68(2):244-249
[PubMed ID: 31750937]
Musuuza JS McKinley L Keating JA Obasi C Knobloch MJ Crnich C Evans CT Evans ME Livorsi D Morgan DJ Perencevich EN Reisinger HS Schweizer ML Suda KJ Simbartl LA Safdar N Correlation of prevention practices with rates of health care-associated <i>Clostridioides difficile</i> infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2020 Jan;41(1):52-58
[PubMed ID: 31658933]
Davenport C Brodeur M Wolff M Meek PD Crnich CJ Decisional Guidance Tool for Antibiotic Prescribing in the Skilled Nursing Facility. J Am Geriatr Soc . 2020 Jan;68(1):55-61
[PubMed ID: 31463933]
Gilmore-Bykovskyi A Crnich CJ Kind AJH In Pursuit of Meaningful Performance Measures for Postacute Care. JAMA Netw Open . 2019 Dec 2;2(12):e1917558
[PubMed ID: 31834389]
Crnich CJ Pop-Vicas AE Hedberg TG Perl TM Efficacy and safety of a novel antimicrobial preoperative skin preparation. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2019 Oct;40(10):1157-1163
[PubMed ID: 31385562]
Appaneal HJ Caffrey AR Lopes VV Crnich CJ Dosa DM LaPlante KL National trends in the treatment of urinary tract infections among Veterans' Affairs Community Living Center residents. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2019 Oct;40(10):1087-1093
[PubMed ID: 31354115]
Ford JH 2nd Vranas L Coughlin D Selle KM Nordman-Oliveira S Ryther B Ewers T Griffin VL Eslinger A Boero J Hardgrove P Crnich CJ Effect of a Standard vs Enhanced Implementation Strategy to Improve Antibiotic Prescribing in Nursing Homes: A Trial Protocol of the Improving Management of Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Institutions Through Facilitated Implementation (IMUNIFI) Study. JAMA Netw Open . 2019 Sep 4;2(9):e199526
[PubMed ID: 31509204]
Wilson BM Banks RE Crnich CJ Ide E Viau RA El Chakhtoura NG Jones YR Cherry JB Anderson BA Jump RLP Changes in antibiotic use following implementation of a telehealth stewardship pilot program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2019 Jul;40(7):810-814
[PubMed ID: 31172905]
Hanlon JT Perera S Drinka PJ Crnich CJ Schweon SJ Klein-Fedyshin M Wessel CB Saracco S Anderson G Mulligan M Nace DA The IOU Consensus Recommendations for Empirical Therapy of Cystitis in Nursing Home Residents. J Am Geriatr Soc . 2019 Mar;67(3):539-545
[PubMed ID: 30584657]
Weber BR Noble BN Bearden DT Crnich CJ Ellingson KD McGregor JC Furuno JP Antibiotic prescribing upon discharge from the hospital to long-term care facilities: Implications for antimicrobial stewardship requirements in post-acute settings. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2019 Jan;40(1):18-23
[PubMed ID: 30409235]
Stevenson LD Banks RE Stryczek KC Crnich CJ Ide EM Wilson BM Viau RA Ball SL Jump RLP A pilot study using telehealth to implement antimicrobial stewardship at two rural Veterans Affairs medical centers. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2018 Oct;39(10):1163-1169
[PubMed ID: 30185238]
Nace DA Perera SK Hanlon JT Saracco S Anderson G Schweon SJ Klein-Fedyshin M Wessel CB Mulligan M Drinka PJ Crnich CJ The Improving Outcomes of UTI Management in Long-Term Care Project (IOU) Consensus Guidelines for the Diagnosis of Uncomplicated Cystitis in Nursing Home Residents. J Am Med Dir Assoc . 2018 Sep;19(9):765-769.e3
[PubMed ID: 30037743]
van Buul LW Vreeken HL Bradley SF Crnich CJ Drinka PJ Geerlings SE Jump RLP Mody L Mylotte JJ Loeb M Nace DA Nicolle LE Sloane PD Stuart RL Sundvall PD Ulleryd P Veenhuizen RB Hertogh CMPM The Development of a Decision Tool for the Empiric Treatment of Suspected Urinary Tract Infection in Frail Older Adults: A Delphi Consensus Procedure. J Am Med Dir Assoc . 2018 Sep;19(9):757-764
[PubMed ID: 29910137]
Pulia M Kern M Schwei RJ Shah MN Sampene E Crnich CJ Comparing appropriateness of antibiotics for nursing home residents by setting of prescription initiation: a cross-sectional analysis. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control . 2018;7:74
[PubMed ID: 29946449]
Keating JA Obasi C McKinley L Musuuza J Knobloch MJ Crnich C Evans CT Evans M Livorsi D Morgan DJ Perencevich E Reisinger HS Schweizer ML Suda KJ Safdar N Building Implementation Science for Veterans Affairs Healthcare Associated Infection Prevention: VA Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention Network (VHIN). Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2018 Jun;39(6):753-757
[PubMed ID: 29606169]
Jump RLP Crnich CJ Mody L Bradley SF Nicolle LE Yoshikawa TT Infectious Diseases in Older Adults of Long-Term Care Facilities: Update on Approach to Diagnosis and Management. J Am Geriatr Soc . 2018 Apr;66(4):789-803
[PubMed ID: 29667186]
Evans CT Jump RL Krein SL Bradley SF Crnich CJ Gupta K Perencevich EN Vander Weg MW Morgan DJ Setting a Research Agenda in Prevention of Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) and Multidrug-Resistant Organisms (MDROs) Outside of Acute Care Settings. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2018 Feb;39(2):210-213
[PubMed ID: 29417921]
Roberts TJ Gilmore-Bykovskyi A Lor M Liebzeit D Crnich CJ Saliba D Important Care and Activity Preferences in a Nationally Representative Sample of Nursing Home Residents. J Am Med Dir Assoc . 2018 Jan;19(1):25-32
[PubMed ID: 28843525]
Batina NG Crnich CJ Döpfer D Acquisition and persistence of strain-specific methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and their determinants in community nursing homes. BMC Infect Dis . 2017 Dec 6;17(1):752
[PubMed ID: 29212459]