Demonstrating the role of the contaminated environment in transmission of healthcare-associated pathogens: New methods for terminal disinfection

David Weber M.D. is a Professor of Medicine and Paediatrics in the UNC School of Medicine. He will be joining us for a lunchtime seminar on 6 November to briefly describe study designs in hospital epidemiology and discuss outbreak evaluation in hospital settings and the role of contaminated environment in hospitals with a focus on study design and his team’s intervention trials.

Venue: Weston Room (LG4), Tavistock Place

Date: 6 November 2018

Time: 1-2pm


Speaker’s bio:

Dr. David Jay Weber received his Bachelors of Arts (B.A.) degree from Wesleyan University in 1973, his Medical Degree (M.D.) from the University of California, San Diego in 1977, a Master’s in Public Health (M.P.H.) from Harvard University in 1985, and completed his medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at the Massachusetts General Hospital in 1985.  He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease, Critical Care Medicine, and Preventive Medicine.  Dr. Weber has been on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 1985 where he is currently a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the School of Medicine, and a Professor of Epidemiology in the Gillings School of Global Public Health.  D. Weber serves as an Associate Chief Medical Officer for UNC Hospitals.  He also serves as the Medical Director of the Departments of Hospital Epidemiology (Infection Prevention) and Occupational Health for UNC Hospitals.  He is the Medical Director of the North Carolina Statewide Infection Control Program (SPICE), a co-chair of UNC Biomedical IRB, and serves as the UNC Principle Investigator on the CDC sponsored Duke-UNC Epicenter.  Dr. Weber is an Associate Editor of Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology, the SHEA liaison to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), and is a member of the SHEA Board.  Dr. Weber has published more than 380 scientific papers in the peer-reviewed literature.  Dr. Weber has received the following awards:  H. Fleming Fuller by UNC Hospitals, 2006 (outstanding clinician of year), Publications Award, 2012 and 2018, by the American Journal of Infection Control (most cited paper of the year), Greenberg Award by the UNC Gillings School of Public Health, 2014 (excellent in research, teaching and service), and the Senior Scholarship Award, 2018, by the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.  His research interests include the epidemiology of healthcare-associated infections, disinfection and sterilization, new and emerging infectious diseases (novel influenza, SARS-coV, MERS-coV, Ebola), response to biothreats, nontuberculous mycobacteria, control of drug resistant pathogens, immunization practices (especially of healthcare personnel), zoonotic diseases, and epidemiology of tuberculosis.