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Singh HK, Claeys KC, Advani SD, Ballam YJ, Penney J, Schutte KM, Baliga C, Milstone AM, Hayden MK, Morgan DJ, Diekema DJ. Diagnostic stewardship to improve patient outcomes and healthcare-associated infection (HAI) metrics. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2024 Jan 11:1-7. doi: 10.1017/ice.2023.284. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38204365.

Thom KA, Rock C, Robinson GL, Reisinger HRS, Baloh J, Chasco E, Liang Y, Li S, Diekema DJ, Herwaldt LA, Johnson JK, Harris AD, Perencevich EN. Alcohol-based decontamination of gloved hands: A randomized controlled trial. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Nov 23:1-7. doi: 10.1017/ice.2023.243. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37994538.

Harrington EM, Trautman K, Davis MB, Varzavand K, Meacham H, Dains A, Marra AR, McDanel J, Kenne L, Hanna B, Murphy JP, Diekema DJ, Wellington M, Brust KB, Kobayashi T, Abosi OJ. Descriptive epidemiology of central line-associated bloodstream infections at an academic medical center in Iowa, 2019-2022. Am J Infect Control. 2023 Oct 10:S0196-6553(23)00675-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2023.09.021. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37827243.

Corsi-Vasquez G, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Pilkington EF 3rd, Sax PE. Point-Counterpoint: Should Serum β-d-Glucan Testing Be Used for the Diagnosis of Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia? J Clin Microbiol. 2019 Dec 23;58(1):e01340-19. PMID: 31434728; PMCID: PMC6935916.

Hill K, Dunham K, Brokos Z, Butner JL, Hull I, Sue KL, Li L, Thakarar K. In Support of Community Drug Checking Programs: Position Statement of AMERSA, Inc. (Association for Multidisciplinary Education and Research in Substance use and Addiction). Subst Use Addctn J. 2024 Jan;45(1):4-9. doi: 10.1177/29767342231212787. PMID: 38258861.

Thakarar K, Appa A, Abdul Mutakabbir JC, Goff A, Brown J 3rd, Tuell C, Fairfield K, Wurcel A. Frame Shift: Focusing on Harm Reduction and Shared Decision Making for People Who Use Drugs Hospitalized With Infections. Clin Infect Dis. 2024 Feb 17;78(2):e12-e26. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciad664. PMID: 38018174.

Eckland A, Kohut M, Stoddard H, Burris D, Chessa F, Sikka MK, Solomon DA, Kershaw CM, Eaton EF, Hutchinson R, Friedmann PD, Stopka TJ, Fairfield KM, Thakarar K. "I know my body better than anyone else": a qualitative study of perspectives of people with lived experience on antimicrobial treatment decisions for injection drug use-associated infections. Ther Adv Infect Dis. 2023 Sep 8;10:20499361231197065. doi: 10.1177/20499361231197065. PMID: 37693858; PMCID: PMC10492466.

Waked R, Craig WY, Mercuro NJ, Wungwattana M, Wood E, Rokas KE. Uncomplicated Streptococcal Bacteremia: The Era of Oral Antibiotic Step-down Therapy? Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2023 Mar;61(3):106736. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2023.106736. Epub 2023 Jan 20. PMID: 36690120; PMCID: PMC10023366.

Rogers R, Bodziak K, Cheema F, Chobanian M, Ebcioglu Z, Gabardi S, Ghai S, Gilligan H, Gohh R, Goyal N, Kavalam G, Mehri B, Rodig N, Rossi A, Singh J, Wood E, Tan CS, Pavlakis M. Implementing a regional standardized BK polyomavirus screening protocol across eleven transplant centres. Transpl Int. 2021 Dec;34(12):2680-2685. Epub 2021 Oct 28. PMID: 34628685.

Zimmerman A, Rogers R, Tan CS, Pavlakis M, Bodziak K, Cardarelli F, Francis J, Gabardi S, Germain M, Ghai S, Gilligan H, Goyal N, Malinis M, Patel H, Rodig N, Theodoropoulos NM, Walshe E, Wood E, Chobanian M. Expecting the unexpected: COVID-19 in Kidney Transplant Recipients within United Network for Organ Sharing Region 1. Transpl Int. 2020 Dec;33(12):1843-1844. Epub 2020 Oct 21. PMID: 33000866; PMCID: PMC7536934.

Siegrist EA, Wungwattana M, Azis L, Stogsdill P, Craig WY, Rokas KE. Limited Clinical Utility of Follow-up Blood Cultures in Patients With Streptococcal Bacteremia: An Opportunity for Blood Culture Stewardship. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Nov 7;7(12):ofaa54. PMID: 33364258; PMCID: PMC7749719.

Vanpouille C, Wells A, Dan JM, Rawlings SA, Little S, Fitzgerald W, Margolis L, Gianella S. HIV but Not CMV Replication Alters the Blood Cytokine Network during Early HIV Infection in Men. Viruses. 2022 Aug 21;14(8):1833. PMID: 36016455; PMCID: PMC9416553.

He WT, Yuan M, Callaghan S, Musharrafieh R, Song G, Silva M, Beutler N, Lee WH, Yong P, Torres JL, Melo M, Zhou P, Zhao F, Zhu X, Peng L, Huang D, Anzanello F, Ricketts J, Parren M, Garcia E, Ferguson M, Rinaldi W, Rawlings SA, Nemazee D, Smith DM, Briney B, Safonova Y, Rogers TF, Dan JM, Zhang Z, Weiskopf D, Sette A, Crotty S, Irvine DJ, Ward AB, Wilson IA, Burton DR, Andrabi R. Broadly neutralizing antibodies to SARS-related viruses can be readily induced in rhesus macaques. Sci Transl Med. 2022 Aug 10;14(657):eabl9605. Epub 2022 Aug 10. PMID: 35947674.

Frescas BE, McCoy CM, Kirby J, Bowden R, Mercuro NJ. Outcomes associated with empiric cefepime for bloodstream infections caused by ceftriaxone-resistant, cefepime-susceptible Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2023 May;61(5):106762. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2023.106762. Epub 2023 Feb 18. PMID: 36804369.

Palisano NP, Yen CF, Mercuro NJ. Predictors of discordant MRSA nares and respiratory cultures in patients with pneumonia. JAC Antimicrob Resist. 2022 Sep 30;4(5):dlac095. doi: 10.1093/jacamr/dlac095. PMID: 36196446; PMCID: PMC9524568.

Mahoney MV, Yen CF. One if By Hand, Two if Orally: PICCing the Best Treatment Option. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2024 Jan 12;11(2):ofad663. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofad663. PMID: 38352154; PMCID: PMC10863548.

Roy AS, Hagh-Doust H, Abdul Azim A, Caceres J, Denholm JT, Dong MQD, King M, Yen CF, Lee TC, McDonald EG. Multidisciplinary Teams for the Management of Infective Endocarditis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2023 Aug 21;10(9):ofad444. doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofad444. PMID: 37674631; PMCID: PMC10478154.

Poltak J, Connors C, Wungwattana M, Nicolau D, Mercuro NJ, Liu J. Pharmacokinetics of Cefazolin in Patients With Obesity Undergoing Surgery Requiring Cardiopulmonary Bypass. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2022 Aug;36(8 Pt B):2942-2947. Epub 2022 Jan 21. PMID: 35227575.

Veve MP, Mercuro NJ, Sangiovanni RJ, Santarossa M, Patel N. Prevalence and Predictors of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Among Hospitalized Patients With Diabetic Foot Infections. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2022 Jun 17;9(7):ofac297. PMID: 35873292; PMCID: PMC9301575.

Sankar NP, Thakarar K, Rokas KECandida Infective Endocarditis During the Infectious Diseases and Substance Use Disorder Syndemic: A Six-Year Case Series. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 25;7(5):ofaa142. PMID: 32494579; PMCID: PMC7252282.

Thakarar K, Rokas KE, Lucas FL, Powers S, Andrews E, DeMatteo C, Mooney D, Sorg MH, Valenti A, Cohen M. Mortality, morbidity, and cardiac surgery in Injection Drug Use (IDU)-associated versus non-IDU infective endocarditis: The need to expand substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction services. PLoS One. 2019 Nov 26;14(11):e0225460. PMID: 31770395; PMCID: PMC6879163.