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Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC
Univeristy of North Carolina School of Medicine
Chapel Hill, NC
Karen is a contractor with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, serving as the infection preventionist in the Quality, Safety and Oversight Group. 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 more than 35 years, beginning at the Detroit Medical Center, then at the University of Virginia, and for 23 years as the associate director of the North Carolina Statewide Program for Infection Control and Epidemiology(SPICE). She is a Fellow in the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and served on the SHEA Journal Editorial Board from 1991 to 2001. She is also a Fellow of APIC and has maintained her certification of infection prevention and control since 1988. Karen has been the recipient of several awards, including the 2010 SHEA Advanced Practice Infection Preventionist Award and the APIC Chapter Leadership Award. She was the first recipient of Infection Control Today’s Infection Control Educator of the Year. In 2011, she 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. She is currently serving as the 2019 APIC president.
Karen earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Indiana University and Master of Science in healthcare epidemiology from the University of Virginia.