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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
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]
McElligott M Welham G Pop-Vicas A Taylor L Crnich CJ Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Facilities. Infect Dis Clin North Am . 2017 Dec;31(4):619-638
[PubMed ID: 29079152]
Jump RLP Gaur S Katz MJ Crnich CJ Dumyati G Ashraf MS Frentzel E Schweon SJ Sloane P Nace D Infection Advisory Committee for AMDA—The Society of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine. Template for an Antibiotic Stewardship Policy for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Settings. J Am Med Dir Assoc . 2017 Nov 1;18(11):913-920
[PubMed ID: 28935515]
Banaszak-Holl J Reichert H Todd Greene M Mody L Wald HL Crnich C McNamara SE Meddings J Do Safety Culture Scores in Nursing Homes Depend on Job Role and Ownership? Results from a National Survey. J Am Geriatr Soc . 2017 Oct;65(10):2244-2250
[PubMed ID: 28846129]
Schuppener LM Pop-Vicas AE Brooks EG Duster MN Crnich CJ Sterkel AK Webb AP Safdar N Serratia marcescens Bacteremia: Nosocomial Cluster Following Narcotic Diversion. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2017 Sep;38(9):1027-1031
[PubMed ID: 28679460]
Crnich CJ Jump RL Nace DA Improving Management of Urinary Tract Infections in Older Adults: A Paradigm Shift or Therapeutic Nihilism? J Am Geriatr Soc . 2017 Aug;65(8):1661-1663
[PubMed ID: 28653467]
Dumyati G Stone ND Nace DA Crnich CJ Jump RL Challenges and Strategies for Prevention of Multidrug-Resistant Organism Transmission in Nursing Homes. Curr Infect Dis Rep . 2017 Apr;19(4):18
[PubMed ID: 28382547]
Mody L Greene MT Saint S Meddings J Trautner BW Wald HL Crnich C Banaszak-Holl J McNamara SE King BJ Hogikyan R Edson BS Krein SL Comparing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Prevention Programs Between Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes and Non-Veterans Affairs Nursing Homes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol . 2017 Mar;38(3):287-293
[PubMed ID: 27917728]
Brennan MB Hess TM Bartle B Cooper JM Kang J Huang ES Smith M Sohn MW Crnich C Diabetic foot ulcer severity predicts mortality among veterans with type 2 diabetes. J Diabetes Complications . 2017 Mar;31(3):556-561
[PubMed ID: 27993523]