The rapid emergence and proliferation of multidrug-resistant microorganisms (MDROs) threaten society’s ability to effectively treat common infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi in patients throughout the world. Multi-drug resistant organisms have the potential to be transmitted from one person to another resulting in costly infections that are difficult to treat. In the United States, at least 2 million people each year acquire serious infections with bacteria that are resistant to at least one or more of the antibiotics designed to treat those infections. In addition, new resistance mechanisms among microorganisms are emerging and spreading rapidly throughout the globe.


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Karen Higdon, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Vice President Safety, Quality and Patient Experience Baptist Health Louisville, Kentucky
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Derek Forster, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine University of Kentucky College of Medicine Clinical Provider Bluegrass Care Clinic Medical Director Infection Prevention & Control UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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Donna Burgess, RPh

Clinical Pharmacy Program Coordinator, Infectious Diseases Department of Pharmacy UK HealthCare Lexington, KY
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Katherine Fleming-Dutra, MD

Deputy Director Office of Antibiotic Stewardship Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Atlanta, Georgia
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Ellen Wright, RN, MSN, CNO

Vice President of Nursing Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hazard, Kentucky
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Ardis Hoven, MD

Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist Board of Trustees American Medical Association Lexington, Kentucky
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Kevin Spicer, MD

Antibiotic Resistance Coordinator HAI/AR Program Kentucky Department for Public Health Frankfort, Kentucky
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Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

Dean and Warwick Professor of Nursing University of Kentucky College of Nursing Lexington, Kentucky
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Rita Olans, DNP, CPNP, APRN-BC

Assistant Professor MGH Institute of Health Professions School of Nursing Boston, Massachusetts
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Shaina Doyen, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist Infectious Diseases Baptist Health Louisville Louisville, Kentucky
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Mark Newman, MD

Executive Vice President for Health Affairs UK HealthCare Lexington, Kentucky
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