Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD, MMSc

Adjunct Instructor, Medicine

Westyn Branch-Elliman


I am a physician investigator who focuses on optimizing healthcare resource utilization and expanding infection prevention programs beyond traditional boundaries. My research projects include epidemiologic and economic evaluations of postpartum breast infections, comparative and cost-effectiveness evaluations of preventions designed to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAI), and development of novel electronic tools for improved HAI detection. The majority of my time is dedicated to clinical research. I also see patients and teach medical students, residents and infectious diseases fellows. In my previous role as the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System, I dedicated significant effort to administrative responsibilities, including healthcare epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Northwestern University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard Medical School, MMS/MMSc
  • University of California, Berkeley, BA


  • Published on 6/4/2019

    Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Baron AE, Mull HJ, Ho PM, Zimetbaum PJ, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. Real-world effectiveness of infection prevention interventions for reducing procedure-related cardiac device infections: Insights from the veterans affairs clinical assessment reporting and tracking program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Jun 04; 1-8. PMID: 31159895.

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  • Published on 4/24/2019

    Branch-Elliman W, O'Brien W, Strymish J, Itani K, Wyatt C, Gupta K. Association of Duration and Type of Surgical Prophylaxis With Antimicrobial-Associated Adverse Events. JAMA Surg. 2019 Apr 24. PMID: 31017647.

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  • Published on 4/11/2019

    Branch-Elliman W, Schweizer M. Real-world challenges in infection prevention: Differential implementation between stable and unstable patients may influence clinical effectiveness of interventions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 Jun; 40(6):736-737. PMID: 30973120.

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  • Published on 3/6/2019

    Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Dasinger EA, Gold HS, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Facility type and surgical specialty are associated with suboptimal surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis practice patterns: a multi-center, retrospective cohort study. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2019; 8:49. PMID: 30886702.

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  • Published on 1/4/2019

    Dasinger EA, Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Association between postoperative opioid use and outpatient surgical adverse events. Am J Surg. 2019 Apr; 217(4):605-612. PMID: 30639132.

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  • Published on 12/12/2018

    Salazar JG, O'Brien W, Strymish JM, Itani K, Branch-Elliman W, Gupta K. Association of Screening and Treatment for Preoperative Asymptomatic Bacteriuria With Postoperative Outcomes Among US Veterans. JAMA Surg. 2018 Dec 12. PMID: 30540346.

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  • Published on 9/21/2018

    Michener A, Heath B, Crnich CJ, Moehring R, Schmader K, Mody L, Branch-Elliman W, Jump RLP. Infections in Older Adults: A Case-Based Discussion Series Emphasizing Antibiotic Stewardship. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 Sep 21; 14:10754. PMID: 30800954.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, BarĂ³n AE, Gold H, Mull H, Ho PM, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. Prolonged antimicrobial prophylaxis following cardiac device procedures increases preventable harm: insights from the VA CART program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 09; 39(9):1030-1036. PMID: 30226128.

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  • Published on 8/1/2018

    Mull HJ, Gellad ZF, Gupta RT, Valle JA, Makarov DV, Silverman T, Branch-Elliman W. Factors Associated With Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Admissions After Invasive Outpatient Procedures in the Veterans Health Administration. JAMA Surg. 2018 Aug 01; 153(8):774-776. PMID: 29801049.

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  • Published on 6/12/2018

    Schrank GM, Wright SB, Branch-Elliman W, LaSalvia MT. A retrospective analysis of adverse events among patients receiving daptomycin versus vancomycin during outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 08; 39(8):947-954. PMID: 29893658.

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