Arlington, Va., January 29, 2019—The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced that Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, CIC, FAAN, FAPIC, will retire as editor of the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) effective December 31, 2019. Larson has served as editor of APIC’s peer-review journal since 1995.
In her resignation letter to the APIC Board of Directors, Larson commented that serving as the editor of AJIC has been a career highlight. “I am so pleased to have been an active participant and collaborator as AJIC has matured and advanced in so many ways as a leading source of information and direction for the profession.”
“Elaine Larson will be deeply missed as editor of AJIC,” said 2019 APIC President Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC. “She is a pioneer in promoting hand hygiene for infection control and an esteemed leader in both the nursing and infection prevention professions.”
Larson is an international expert on infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and hand hygiene whose contributions have changed the way healthcare is delivered by emphasizing the importance of infection prevention and hand hygiene for all health professionals. She published one of the first papers to show a causal relationship between hand washing and infection rates and has authored hundreds of other scholarly works on areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research.
“On behalf of the APIC Board of Directors, we want to thank Elaine for her 25 years of service and dedication to growing the American Journal of Infection Control from a small, niche publication to one of the most widely read journals on infection control,” said APIC CEO, Katrina Crist, MBA, CAE. “Because of her vision and leadership, AJIC is now a go-to resource for infection preventionists, epidemiologists, physicians, nurses, and public health professionals.”
Currently professor and associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing and Mailman School of Public Health, Larson is the recipient of numerous awards. In 2018, she was one of three individuals honored by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) for extraordinary dedication to furthering science and improving the health of the nation, the first nurse or IP ever to receive such an honor. In 2017, she received the designation of ‘Living Legend’ from the American Academy of Nursing. In 2014, she was the first nurse to receive the John Stearns Medal for Distinguished Clinical Practice from the New York Academy of Medicine. In 2013, she was named the first recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award by APIC for her significant and sustained contributions to infection prevention science and scholarly excellence within the scientific community.
AJIC is the foremost resource on infection control, epidemiology, infectious diseases, quality management, occupational health, and disease prevention. APIC will be initiating the search for a new editor in 2019. More details will be forthcoming on apic.org.