Carol Sulis

Associate Professor of Medicine

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Doctor of Medicine: Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons; New York, NY 10032 May 1979

Research Fellowship: Laboratory of Microbial Immunity, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 7/82-6/85

Clinical Fellowship: Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine; Boston University School of Medicine; Boston City Hospital; Boston, MA 02118 7/86 – 6/88

General Field of Work:

Infectious Diseases

Affiliations other than medicine:

Hospital Epidemiologist, Radius Specialty Hospital

Contact information:

Office/Lab: Epidemiology Unit, Dowling 3N
Phone: (617)-414-4958
Fax: (617)-638-8070


Infection control, needlestick prevention, bioterrorism preparedness

Summary of academic interest:

Dr. Sulis is Director of Hospital Epidemiology at Boston Medical Center. Her investigations include the assessment of the risk factors associated with the development of device related infections including nosocomial bacteremia and post-operative wound infections. She has participated in CDC sponsored studies to evaluate risk factors associated with nosocomial transmission of Hepatitis C, Human Immunodeficiency Virus, tuberculosis, and vaccine preventable illnesses. She has participated in CDC/JCAHO/AHRQ sponsored studies assessing the use of “bundles” of interventions to prevent Healthcare Associated Infection (TRAPE, ASPIRRE). She has published articles on post-exposure prophylaxis following unprotected exposure to blood, needlestick prevention, and infection control in the workplace. She has an interest in infectious disease complications in special populations (pregnant women and drug abusers), and has published book chapters on these topics.

Dr. Sulis is the physician Bioterrorism liaison from BMC to the Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society (MIDS), Boston University School of Medicine, and various other organizations. She has worked with the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) for the past 10 years on the topics of Bioterrorism (BT) Preparedness and surveillance of emerging infectious diseases including pandemic influenza and multidrug-resistant organisms. She participated in the Education section of a CDC grant on surveillance systems for bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases which was based at the Boston Public Health Commission, Communicable Diseases Section. She participated in the development of the BPHC BT Education Program and slide set which is currently available on CD. Most recently she participated on an expert panel convened by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to develop recommendations to inform the Massachusetts Healthcare Associated Infections Reporting Law.

Recent Publications:

MMWR. Brief Report: Lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus transmitted through solid organ transplantation – Massachusetts, 2008. MMWR. 2008; 57(29):799-801. PMID: 18650788

Roberts DS, Dowdall JR, Winter L, Sulis CA, Grillone GA, Grundfast KM. Cervical tuberculosis: a decision tree for protecting healthcare workers. Laryngoscope 2008; 118:1345-9. PMID: 18596478

Walkey AJ, Campbell Reardon C, Sulis CA, Nace RN, Joyce-Brady M. Epidemiology of ventilator-associated pneumonia in a long-term acute care hospital. Infection Cont Hosp Epi 2009; 30:319-324. PMID: 19245314

Po JL, Burke R, Sulis C, Carling PC. Dangerous COWS: an analysis of disinfection cleaning of computer keyboards on wheels. Am J Infect Control 2009 37:778-80; epublished ahead of print on 5/20/2009. PMID: 19457585

Sulis CA. HIV, TB, and Other Infectious Diseases Related to Alcohol and Other Drug Use. In: Ries RK, Fiellin DA, Miller SC, Saitz R (eds). Principles of Addiction Medicine, 4th Edition, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA: 2009. 1057 – 1076.