Michigan infection prevention expert Sanjay Saint receives the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award from APIC

Nashville, Tenn., June 27, 2015—The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced that Sanjay Saint, MD, MPH, is the recipient of the Distinguished Scientist Award.

The award, which will be presented today at APIC’s 42nd Annual Conference, June 27-29, in Nashville, Tennessee, is given annually to an APIC member who has made a significant and sustained contribution to infection prevention science and who exemplifies scholarly excellence and infection prevention leadership within the scientific community.

“This year we are honoring Dr. Sanjay Saint with this award for his major contributions to implementation science, infection prevention, and patient safety,” said APIC 2015 President Mary Lou Manning, PhD, CRNP, CIC, FAAN, FNAP. “His life-long dedication to enhancing patient safety by preventing healthcare-associated infections has helped advance APIC’s mission both domestically and abroad.” Dr. Saint is a national leader in preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs) and currently serves on the leadership team of a federally funded program that aims to reduce CAUTI across the United States.

Dr. Saint is the George Dock Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, the director of the VA/University of Michigan Patient Safety Enhancement Program, and the chief of medicine at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Dr. Saint has authored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers, with 95 appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Lancet, or the Annals of Internal Medicine. He is also the lead author of a book recently published by Oxford University Press entitled: Preventing Hospital Infections: Real-World Problems, Realistic Solutions. He has been a visiting professor at more than 50 universities and hospitals in the United States, Europe, and Japan, and has active research studies underway with investigators in Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Australia, and Thailand.

APIC 2015 Annual Conference, June 27-29 in Nashville, Tennessee, is the most comprehensive infection prevention conference in the world, with more than 100 educational sessions and workshops led by infection prevention experts and attended by nearly 5,000 individuals. The conference aims to provide infection preventionists, doctors, researchers, epidemiologists, educators, administrators, and medical technologists with tools and strategies that are easily adaptable and can be implemented immediately to improve prevention programs. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #APIC2015.

About APIC
APIC’s mission is to create a safer world through prevention of infection. The association’s more than 15,000 members direct infection prevention programs that save lives and improve the bottom line for hospitals and other healthcare facilities. APIC advances its mission through patient safety, implementation science, competencies and certification, advocacy, and data standardization. Visit APIC online at www.apic.org. Follow APIC on Twitter: www.twitter.com/apic and Facebook: www.facebook.com/APICInfectionPreventionandYou. For information on what patients and families can do, visit APIC’s Infection Prevention and You website at www.apic.org/infectionpreventionandyou.  

 

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