Team Members

PEACH research team

 

Meet the Team:

Jesse Jacob

Jesse T Jacob, MD, MSc, MBA (Principal Investigator)
Associate Professor of Medicine
Emory University 

Dr. Jacob is currently Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and Epidemiology at Emory University. Dr. Jacob has led or participated in efforts to develop a framework to understand the role of design in preventing hospital associated infections (HAI), and using novel technology to reduce central line-associated bloodstream infections using a novel catheter to assess the effect of controlled cleaning practices in patient rooms on environmental contamination, and was a Senior Project Advisor to the CDC for an evaluation of bioburden in patient rooms. Dr. Jacob also serves as co-lead investigator on Project 2.

John Boyce

John M. Boyce, MD (Consultant Project 3)
Clinical Professor of Medicine
Yale University 

Dr. Boyce is now retired as Director of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is currently Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Boyce is an internationally recognized expert on hand hygiene, and brings his expertise and decades of research experience in hand hygiene and the prevention of transmission of pathogens through the environment.

Lisa Casanova Lisa Casanova, PhD (Lead Investigator, Project 1)
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health
Georgia State University

Dr. Casanova brings a breadth of microbiology training with a particular focus on the survival of viruses in the environment. Dr. Casanova’s graduate and postgraduate studies in environmental health led to the development of a surrogate biological marker for enveloped viruses such as Ebola that she has previously used to study the contamination of PPE during doffing.  She has received funding from NIH and CDC to study the survival of viruses on surfaces and transfer of virus to HCWs’ hands.

Frank Durso

Francis Durso, PhD (Co-Investigator, Projects 1 and 2)
Professor of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Durso is an expert and recognized leader in human factors and engineering pyschology. Dr. Durso studies how cognition interacts with environmental components to affect operator performance and is a co-investigator in Projects 1 and 2.  He has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Energy and, for the last 21 consecutive years, the Federal Aviation Administration and a variety of industry sponsors.

Jennifer DuBose

Jennifer DuBose (Co-Investigator Project 2)
Senior Researcher/Associate Director, SimTigrate Design Lab
Georgia Institute of Technology

Jennifer DuBose is a Senior Researcher and the Associate Director of the SimTigrate Design Lab at Georgia Tech. She is widely published in the field of evidence-based design and has lead numerous research projects on topics ranging from the impact of light on sleep in inpatient rooms and how design of outpatient clinc team rooms can encourage collaboration. 



Bonnie Jennings

Bonnie Jennings, PhD, RN, FAAN (Co-Investigator, Project 3)
Professor of Nursing
Emory University

Dr. Jennings is a professor of Nursing at Emory University and retired from the Army Nursing Corps at the rank of colonel.  Dr. Jennings has pursued two decades of scholarship in quality.  As the 2002-2003 American Academy of Nursing/American Nurses Foundation distinguished nurse scholar at the Institute of Medicine, she contributed to the seminal report “Keeping Patients Safe.”  Dr. Jennings’ research interests focus on quality and patient safety and bring her in-depth expertise in qualitative methods to the assessment of hand hygiene acceptability and in developing the audio feedback system


Joel Mumma

Joel Mumma (Study Personnel, Projects 1 & 2)
School of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology 

Joel Mumma is a graduate student in the Engineering Psychology PhD program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research interests concern human factors in healthcare.

Hasan Shabbir

Hassan Shabbir, MD (Collaborator, Project 3)
Chief Quality Office, Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Emory University 

Hasan Shabbir graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine, then completed his residency in internal medicine at Emory. He has worked clinically as a hospitalist at different hospitals in the Emory system since 2003. He has been at Emory Johns Creek Hospital since 2007, and has served as the Chief Quality Officer for Emory Johns Creek Hospital since 2009. In this role he has worked on several infection prevention initiatives.

James Steinberg

James P. Steinberg, MD (Project 3, Lead Investigator)
Chief Medical Officer
Emory University Hospital Midtown 

Dr. Steinberg is the Chief Medical Officer at Emory University Hospital Midtown and served 22 years as the Hospital Epidemiologist, prior to relinquishing the role in 2011.  He has a wide range of operational and implementation experience for both quality and research initiatives, has served on the board of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and has long standing interests in the epidemiology of CLABSI and surgical site infections.  Dr. Steinberg also has a longstanding collaboration with members of the research team from the Georgia Institute of Technology where, along with Dr. Craig Zimring, he served as dual PI for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded grant, “Understanding the Role of Healthcare Facility Design in the Acquisition and Prevention of Healthcare-associated Infections.

Ashley Tippett

Ashley Tippett, MPH, MLS (ASCP)CM (Clinical Research Coordinator, Project 3)

Clinical Research Coordinator II
Emory University 

Ashley is the research coordinator for Project 3 for PEACH. She holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. During her time at Rollins School of Public Health, Ashley worked with the Office of Quality at Emory University Hospital Midtown to monitor hand hygiene in patient care. Prior to her graduate career, Ashley obtained her MLS(ASCP)CM from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and worked as a medical technologist for three years.

Puja Shah

Puja Shah, MPH (Clinical Research Coordinator, Projects 1 & 2)

Puja Shah is the research coordinator for Projects 1 and 2 for PEACH. She holds an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Before her role as a clinical research coordinator she worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative and at the Center for Global Safe Water Sanitation and Hygiene in communications and policy. Prior to her graduate career, Puja obtained a BS in Environmental Sciences from Emory University and worked with the United Nations Development Program for the Satoyama Initiative.

 

Craig Zimring

Craig Zimring, PhD (Lead Investigator Project 2)
Professor of Architecture
Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Zimring is nationally recognized for his work on the built environment, having directed over $6 million in research linking design to healthcare outcomes, resulting in over 85 publications.  Along with Dr. James Steinberg, he served as dual PI for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)-funded grant, “Understanding the Role of Healthcare Facility Design in the Acquisition and Prevention of Healthcare-associated Infections."




Former Team Members:

Frank Durso

Christie Gipson (Co-Investigator, Projects 1 and 2)
School of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology

Christie Gipson is a graduate student in the Engineering Psychology PhD program at Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her research interests include human factors in complex socio-technical systems, especially in healthcare and other safety-critical industries.

Victoria Walsh

Victoria Walsh, MPH (Clinical Research Coordinator, Projects 1 & 2)

Clinical Research Coordinator II
Emory University

Victoria is the research coordinator for Projects 1 and 2 for PEACH. She holds an MPH in Epidemiology from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. Before her role as a clinical research coordinator she worked as a project analyst in the Division of Parasitic Diseases and Malaria in the Center for Global Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Internal Advisory Committee

To leverage the collective experience at Emory from those not directly involved in the proposed projects, we have assembled an advisory board composed of nurses and physicians with expertise in healthcare epidemiology, biosafety, microbiology, and public health. 

Henry Blumberg, MD: Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Dr. Blumberg has  over 20 years of healthcare epidemiology research experience, was formerly a hospital epidemiologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, and brings expertise in design of clinical research and implementation science.

Monica M Farley, MDPI for CDC’s Georgia Emerging Infections Program; Professor and Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory with over 20 years of experience with translation and clinical research including population-based surveillance. Dr. Farley helps to facilitate access to healthcare facilities outside PEACH for future work.

Mary Gullate, PhD, RN: As Corporate Director of Nursing Innovation and Research for Emory Healthcare, Dr. Gullatte is a nurse scholar with extensive leadership experience and provides a direct link to the hospitals’ nursing system.

James Hughes, MD: A former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and currently a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Dr. Hughes provides public health leadership experience and insight with  over 30 years of public health experience, including leading CDC’s Division for Healthcare Quality Improvement and the National Center for Infectious Diseases

John E McGowan Jr., MD: Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology and Microbiology and an internationally renowned expert with 42 years of experience in healthcare epidemiology, and public health.

Bruce S. Ribner, MD, MPHProfessor of Medicine and currently hospital epidemiologist at Emory University Hospital and the medical director of Emory’s SCDU and a recognized as a national and international authority on delivering effective care to patients with Ebola while maintaining healthcare worker safety.

Patricia L Olinger: Assistant Vice President in Emory’s Office of Research Administration and Executive Director of the Environmental Health and Safety Office, Ms. Olinger is a nationally renowned expert in biosafety.  She developed and oversaw the conduct of the training module for PPE used in Emory’s SCDU.  Her expertise in biosafety complements the infection prevention experience of other board members.

Susan Shapiro, PhD, RN: Professor of Nursing at Emory with a broad nursing research experience whose expertise complements the logistical, and content expertise provided by Mary Gullatte and Sharon Vanairsdale.

Sharon Vanairsdale, MS, APRN: Clinical nurse specialist in Emory’s SCDU with experience as an Emergency Medicine nurse who developed the policies and protocols including fidelity to the PPE protocol. Ms Vanairsdale is an expert in the logistics of providing bedside care to Ebola patients.

David Weiss, PhDDirector of Emory’s Antibiotic Resistance Center and Assistant Professor Medicine, Dr. Weiss is a translational scientist interested in multidrug resistance and provides a valuable unique perspective to the Advisory Committee.



Previous Collaborators

Megan Denham

Megan Denham, MAEd, EDAC (Study Personnel Projects)

Research Faculty, SimTigrate Design Lab
Georgia Institute of Technology

Megan Denham is Research Faculty in the Georgia Institute of Technology’s SimTigrate Design Lab, in the College of Design. Her research focuses on evidence-informed design to improve healthcare facilities, reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections, improve clinical processes and promote patient- and family-centered care. 

Ashley Ferguson

Ashley Ferguson (Study Personnel, Projects 1 & 2)

School of Psychology
Georgia Institute of Technology 

Ashley Ferguson is a graduate student in the Engineering Psychology program at Georgia Tech. Her research focuses on human factors in health.

Conferences & Publications

More information to come