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West Penn Allegheny Health System Partners with Monongahela Valley Hospital for Infection Control Initiatives

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

 West Penn Allegheny Health System welcomes Supriya Narasimhan, MD, to the Division of Infectious Disease where she will take an active role in infection prevention and control projects at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) and lead a new infection prevention effort to be launched at Monongahela Valley Hospital (MVH).

Dr. Narasimhan will provide infectious disease consultation at both AGH and MVH, working with hospital staff to identify instances in which bacterial biofilms complicate the diagnosis and treatment of infections and studying those diseases at Allegheny Singer Research Institute’s (ASRI) Center for Genomic Sciences.

Well respected nationally for its participation in leading medical research and contributions to the advancement of medicine, ASRI is the research arm of West Penn Allegheny Health System (WPAHS) and has been managing and conducting research for 34 years.

"Dr. Narasimhan brings a focus on basic research to the Division of Infectious Disease. Her work with biofilms, clinical infectious disease knowledge and training will help bridge the gap between the lab and clinical care,” said David Weinbaum, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at WPAHS.

Along with Dr. Weinbaum, Dr. Narasimhan joins AGH infectious disease physicians Drs. Nitin Bhanot, Sunil Bhat, Kevin Perez, Andrew Sahud, Edward Verdream and Robert Volosky in carrying out infection control programs initiated as part of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Surgical Site Infection Prevention Collaborative. Through the collaborative, AGH has been working to prevent Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and Central Line Associated Bacteremias. Continual improvement in hand hygiene is another focus of the group’s work.

“Dr. Narasimhan’s unique expertise complements our already robust infection control efforts and serves as an asset as we expand these programs throughout western Pennsylvania,” said Susan Manzi, MD, Chair, WPAHS Department of Medicine.

Dr. Narasimhan will chair Monongahela Valley Hospital’s Infection Prevention and Control Committee and serve on the Hospital’s Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee, spearheading efforts to promote judicious antibiotic use.

“Having a specialist of her caliber to provide consultations and treat our patients is an extremely beneficial advantage to our patients at MVH,” said Kathy Liberatore, MVH Manager of Infection Prevention and Control.

Dr. Narasimhan attended medical school in Mumbai, India and completed residency in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia followed by a fellowship in infectious diseases at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

She recently completed a master’s degree in clinical research through Baylor College of Medicine’s Clinical Scientist Training Program, under the supervision of Dr. Rabih Darouiche, who leads an international consortium in the development of catheters and other medical devices that resist colonization by microbial biofilms and consequent infection. She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the American Medical Association.

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