The infection control officer is:
Neha Nanda, MD
Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship at Keck Medicine of USC
Nanda serves as the medical epidemiologist for Keck Medicine, leading the preparation for and response to emerging infectious diseases. She leads all efforts to reduce health care–associated infections and to optimize infection prevention practices at Keck Hospital of USC, USC Norris Cancer Hospital and all outpatient locations. In addition, she heads up antimicrobial stewardship efforts to ensure the judicious use of antibiotics to treat patients with bacterial infections. She also serves as an associate professor and the infectious disease service chief in the Department of Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Nanda has led protocol and guideline development as it relates to patient and health care worker safety. She is an active member of USC’s policy committee for COVID-19, which has created policies for faculty and students, and she has served as an advisor for reopening plans for schools across the university. In addition, Nanda has worked with several non–health care industries on pandemic planning. She has also represented Keck Medicine in multiple media outlets at the local, national and international level to provide accurate information and ensure the community feels safe.
Nanda’s major areas of research are infection prevention strategies to reduce health care–associated infections and emerging infectious diseases. She serves on several national committees, such as the antimicrobial stewardship committee of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and has made significant contributions to the field of health care epidemiology. She completed medical school at the University of Pune, India, then completed her training and served on the faculty at Yale University before moving to USC. Due to her achievements in health care epidemiology, she has been nominated to serve as a fellow of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.
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