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Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Chapel Hill, NC

Karen Hoffmann is currently the Infection Preventionist Consultant for the Survey and Certification Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Since 1988, she has been a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of North Carolina’s School of Medicine in Chapel Hill. Karen has specialized in infection prevention and control for over 30 years, beginning at Detroit Medical Center, then at the University of Virginia Hospitals, and prior to joining CMS, for 23 years as the Associate Director for the North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology (SPICE). She has served in numerous chapter leadership positions. She is a Fellow in the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and was on the SHEA Journal Editorial Board from 1991 to 2011. Karen has been the recipient of several awards, including, the 2010 SHEA “Advance Practice Infection Preventionist Award” and APIC Chapter Leadership Award. She was the first recipient of the Infection Control Today, “Infection Control Educator of the Year,” and in 2011 received the “Old North State Award” for her dedicated service to the citizens of North Carolina. Karen has been an invited speaker to state, national, and international conferences and has authored many abstracts, articles, and book chapters.

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 and has earned the Fellow of APIC designation.