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.
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Northwestern University School of Medicine, MD
- Harvard Medical School, MMS/MMSc
- University of California, Berkeley, BA
- 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.
- Published on 9/1/2018
Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Barón 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 Sep; 39(9):1030-1036. PMID: 30226128.
- 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.
- 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 Aug; 39(8):947-954. PMID: 29893658.
- Published on 4/2/2018
Branch-Elliman W, Snyder GM, King AD, Baldini LM, Dooley KM, Yassa DS, Wright SB. Correlation of Hand Hygiene Compliance Measured by Direct Observation with Estimates Obtained from Product Usage. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Jun; 39(6):746-749. PMID: 29606156.
- Published on 2/2/2018
Branch-Elliman W, Ripollone J, O'Brien W, Itani K, Strymish J, Gupta K. Combination antimicrobial prophylaxis for hysterectomy: harm without the benefit? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 05; 218(5):536-537. PMID: 29409849.
- Published on 12/1/2017
Schrank G, Branch-Elliman W. Breaking the Chain of Infection in Older Adults: A Review of Risk Factors and Strategies for Preventing Device-Related Infections. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Dec; 31(4):649-671. PMID: 29079154.
- Published on 10/12/2017
Pindyck T, Gupta K, Strymish J, Itani KM, Carter ME, Suo Y, Bessesen MT, Topkoff J, Steele AS, Barón AE, Gundlapalli AV, Branch-Elliman W. Validation of an electronic tool for flagging surgical site infections based on clinical practice patterns for triaging surveillance: Operational successes and barriers. Am J Infect Control. 2018 02; 46(2):186-190. PMID: 29031434.
- Published on 8/16/2017
Branch-Elliman W. A Roadmap for Reducing Cardiac Device Infections: a Review of Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Actionable Risk Factors to Guide the Development of an Infection Prevention Program for the Electrophysiology Laboratory. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2017 Aug 16; 19(10):34. PMID: 28815459.
- Published on 7/10/2017
Branch-Elliman W, Ripollone JE, O'Brien WJ, Itani KMF, Schweizer ML, Perencevich E, Strymish J, Gupta K. Risk of surgical site infection, acute kidney injury, and Clostridium difficile infection following antibiotic prophylaxis with vancomycin plus a beta-lactam versus either drug alone: A national propensity-score-adjusted retrospective cohort study. PLoS Med. 2017 Jul; 14(7):e1002340. PMID: 28692690.
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