Associate Medical Director Epidemiology and IP


The Associate Medical Director of Epidemiology and Infection Prevention reports directly to Lifespan�s Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control and is responsible through a collaborative relationship with the Medical Director and Director Department of  Epidemiology and Infection Prevention for developing maintaining and systematically evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the system-wide program designed to identify reduce and prevent healthcare-associated infections.  The Associate Director Epidemiology & Infection Prevention will be responsible for directing infection prevention activities on adult inpatient units at Rhode Island Hospital related outpatient ambulatory settings and will support the Medical Director in leading the comprehensive infection prevention and control activities for the Lifespan system.  



In collaboration with the Medical Director and Director develops directs and evaluates the Lifespan infection prevention and control program with focused leadership and support across all Lifespan affiliates.


In collaboration with the Medical Director and Director provides strategic leadership in the development implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive and aligned Infection Prevention and Control Plan for all Lifespan affiliates ensuring external regulatory and accreditation expectations are met. Educates Lifespan and affiliate executive management department leaders and members of the medical staff in the changing and emerging local and national infection prevention and control initiatives.


Collaborates in research and other scholarly activities in the field of infection prevention and control as needed.


In support of Lifespan�s Epidemiology and Infection Prevention activities the Associate Medical Director Epidemiology and Infection Prevention will be responsible to:


Assist affiliate hospitals Epidemiology and Infection Prevention Medical Directors.


Provides supportive leadership to the Medical Director regarding the scope and direction of the program


Along with the Medical Director and Director advise senior leadership regarding compliance with infection prevention and control regulatory requirements


Determine and implement best practices to prevent healthcare-associated infections; evaluate methods and technologies to reduce risk of healthcare-associated infections within inpatient and outpatient settings


Analyze data regarding procedure-associated infections device-associated infections and infections due to epidemiologically significant organisms and develops action plan as indicated to mitigate risk of such infections


Support and guide the identification and investigation of clusters or outbreaks and provides guidance for infection preventionists with post- exposure follow-up and actions.


Support activities and communication with the RI Department of Health and/or federal agencies regarding infection prevention and control issues


Provide guidance for Lifespan Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS) Medical Director and/or Director regarding management of employees epidemiologically linked to healthcare-associated infections as well as prevention of healthcare-associated infections among employees


Provides support for developing educational material for healthcare workers regarding principles of infection prevention and control


Partner with antimicrobial stewardship leaders to develop and refine selection process.


Track and implement strategies to reduce the occurrence and transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms and C. difficile infection


Work collaboratively to guide system-wide diagnostic stewardship efforts


Reviews and guide the development and updating of written polices to protect patients from healthcare-acquired infections assist with overall policy implementation and education


Support the development of mitigation strategies during construction and renovation activities that may impact risk of healthcare-associated infections

Communicate and collaborate with quality patient safety and performance improvement leadership and professionals on infection control issues.  Partners with healthcare quality leaders to identify areas of opportunity and drive improvement when needed.


Work with leadership and multidisciplinary teams to implement processes to decrease (as indicated by periodic risk assessments) for prevention of: Multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO) Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) Catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) and Surgical Site Infections (SSI).  Measures and monitors the effectiveness of processes outcomes and compliance using evidence-based guidelines or best practices to decrease hospital-acquired infections.


Directs investigation of clusters of hospital-acquired infections and develops planned mitigation strategies and implementation.


Supports the infection prevention department in the development of audits/observation processes for evaluating the adherence to infection prevention and control policies and procedures by hospital staff including medical staff.


Provides oversight and leadership for training and educating staff including medical staff on the practical applications of infection prevention and control guidelines policies and procedures.


Collaborate with the Medical Director and Director of Infection Prevention in the review and annual risk assessment with input from infection prevention professionals medical staff patient care services and members of leadership.


Evaluates and supports the effectiveness of the plan annually and review prioritized risks action plan objectives/goals and activities.


Assists the Medical Director and Director with communicating infection prevention and control issues annually to the leaders and committees with oversight for quality and patient safety.


Clinical Responsibilities


Provides direct clinical care (focused at RIH) to patients within the Division of Infectious Diseases




Clearly demonstrable expert-level knowledge in healthcare-associated infection prevention and control.


Strong written and verbal communication skills with the ability to tailor message to individuals and audiences throughout the organization and through all levels of leadership

Strong organizational skills with the ability to focus detailed concentrated effort to multiple projects and re-establish priorities as necessary. Ability to effectively respond to time sensitive issues and meet deadlines


Initiative and ability to work independently (self-direction) while thriving in a setting requiring collaboration and teamwork for maximal efficiency and effectiveness. Attention to detail that ensures follow through on all initiatives implemented and all projects undertaken


Strong leadership skills


Excellent interpersonal and facilitation skills


Working knowledge of quality and safety improvement strategies and methods


Other information:


MD or DO with adult infection diseases fellowship training. Training and/or significant experience in healthcare epidemiology and infection prevention (post-fellowship) or significant and documented dedicated time during fellowship training (or public health training).  Attended infection prevention and control educational programs offered by SHEA the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or other equivalent agencies and organizations. Graduate level training/education in Public Health Epidemiology or related field not required but ideal.  Training in biostatistics not required but ideal.


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Rhode Island Hospital USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: Shift 1


Union: Non-Union