Jennifer Pisano, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, has been appointed as interim chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health (IDGH)  effective July 1, 2021. Dr. Pisano will succeed David Pitrak,MD who will retire from the Department of Medicine effective June 30, 2021 where he served as chief for nearly 20 years.

Dr. Pisano received her MD at Rush Medical College in 2005 and completed her internal medicine residency training, infectious diseases fellowship training and advanced fellowship training in infectious diseases/transplant infectious diseases at the University of Chicago. She is also a graduate of our Summer Program in Outcomes Research Training (SPORT) and the Medical Education, Research, Innovation, Teaching and Scholarship (MERITS) fellowship programs. In 2011 Dr. Pisano joined the faculty in the Section of Infectious Diseases and Global Health where she currently serves as Associate Professor.

In 2014, Dr. Pisano was appointed as medical director for UCM’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program after serving as associate medical director for three years. In this capacity, she co-leads a multidisciplinary team with Pharmacy Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship, Natasha Pettit, PharmD., whose primary objective is to improve clinical outcomes and curb antimicrobial resistance through the safe and careful use of antimicrobials in the hospital and community. As a result of this leadership, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) designated the program as an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence. In addition to antimicrobial stewardship educational outreach to hospital clinicians and staff, Dr. Pisano developed the ID fellowship antimicrobial stewardship curriculum, including a third-year advanced antimicrobial stewardship track and co-led the development of the Section’s quality improvement curriculum. Dr. Pisano also serves as chair of UCM’s Antimicrobial Subcommittee of Pharmacy and Therapeutics Committee.

Dr. Pisano’s research is focused on leveraging the electronic medical record to optimize antibiotic prescribing and identify high-impact stewardship interventions. She is an active member of the IDSA where she was one of 30 ID physicians invited to participate in the inaugural IDSA Leadership Institute training program. She is also a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in America and the American Society of Transplantation’s Infectious Diseases Community of Practice. She served on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and as the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America’s liaison for American Transplantation Society’s white paper on antimicrobial stewardship. She has published nearly 3 dozen papers and book chapters.