Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA
Clinical Instructor, University of North Carolina, School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC
Karen Hoffmann has served as the Clinical Instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine in Chapel Hill since 1988. Under a contract between UNC and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), Karen also currently serves as the infection preventionist for the CMS Survey and Certification Group. Karen has specialized in infection control and prevention for over 30 years, beginning at the Detroit Medical Center, then at the University of Virginia Hospitals, and for 23 years as the Associate Director and consultant for the North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE). She has served her local APIC-NC chapter in numerous elected and committee positions, and currently is the immediate-past Chair on the APIC Annual Conference Committee. Karen is a Fellow in the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). In 2010 she received the SHEA “Advance Practice Infection Preventionist Award”. Karen served on the SHEA journal, Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology, editorial board from 1991 to 2011. She has been an invited speaker to state, national, and international conferences and has authored several abstracts, articles, and book chapters. She was the first recipient of the Infection Control Today, “Infection Control Educator of the Year” award.
Ms. Hoffmann earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University and her Master of Science degree in Healthcare Epidemiology from the University of Virginia. She has been certified in infection prevention and control since 1989.