Robert Weinstein MD
CCHHS System Chair
The Cook County Health & Hospitals System has announced the appointment of Robert A. Weinstein, MD as the System Chair of the Department of Medicine and Department Chair of the Department of Medicine of John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County.
In addition to this appointment, Dr. Weinstein will retain his position as Chief Operating Officer of the outpatient Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center for the Prevention, Care, and Research of Infectious Diseases; and the C. Anderson Hedberg MD Professor of Medicine at Rush University Medical College.
Dr. Weinstein’s clinical and research interests focus on hospital-acquired infections (particularly the epidemiology and control of antimicrobial resistance and infections in intensive care units), rapid HIV testing, and health-care costs and outcomes of patients with HIV/AIDS.
Dr. Weinstein is a past president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and immediate past-chair of the CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). He was a recipient of the National Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems “Clinical Research Award”, the 2005 recipient of the SHEA Leadership, and the 2008 recipient of the SHEA Mentor Award.
In March 2010, five infectious disease professionals received Lifetime Achievement awards from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC)/Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP). This CDC Lifetime Achievement Award is given every 10 years to people who have made significant contributions through a lifetime of dedication and productive contributions to infection prevention, healthcare epidemiology and patient protection. The prestigious award was presented at the 5th Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections 2010. Dr. Weinstein won the award for infection control and prevention. He chaired the Healthcare Infection Control and Prevention Advisory Committee (HICPAC) for many years and is responsible for many of the most important guidelines that were developed to lead contemporary infection prevention efforts. He was the chair of that committee when they produced hand-hygiene guidelines and when they came out with the first guidelines to prevent central-line-associated bloodstream infections.
Dr. Weinstein has published over 260 scientific articles, 48 book chapters, 2 books, and 21 CDs and internet educational materials.
Positions and Honors.
1994-present Professor of Medicine, Rush Medical College
1989-1994 Director, University of Illinois/University of Chicago Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
1989-1994 Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois, Abraham Lincoln School of Medicine
1983-1989 Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
1978-1983 Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
1967-1968 Instructor in Chemistry, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
2008-present Chairman, Department of Medicine, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
1998-present Chief Operating Officer, CORE Center for the Prevention, Care, and Research of Infectious Diseases
1997-present Director of Infectious Disease Services for the Cook County Health & Hospitals System
1994-2008 Chairman, Division of Infectious Diseases, John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
1978-1994 Director, Infection Control Program and Attending Physician, Michael Reese Hospital (MRH)
Phi Beta Kappa (1967), AOA (1972), Teacher of the Year (MRH) 1985 & 1992, National Association of PublicHospitals 1999 Safety Net Clinical Research Award, Quentin Young Leadership Award (CCH) 1999.
1999-present Section Editor, Healthcare Epidemiology for Clinical Infectious Diseases
2000-2004 CDC NCID, Brd Sci Advisors
2000-2004 Chair, CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC)
1997-2000 Co-Chair, CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC)
1997 President, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
1991-1999 Chair, AHA Panel on Infections in Hospitals
|INSTITUTION AND LOCATION||DEGREE||FIELD OF STUDY
|Cornell Univ, Ithaca, NY||AB||Chemistry
|Cornell Univ Medical College, NYC, NY||MD||Medicine
|Barnes Hospital, Washington Univ, St. Louis, MO Intern-Res|| ||Medicine
|Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta, GA||EIS||Epidemiology
|University of Chicago, Chicago, IL||Fellow||Infectious Disease
Selected recent peer-reviewed publications.
1. Bonten MJM, Brun-Buisson C, Weinstein RA. Selective decontamination of the digestive tract: tostimulate or stifle? Intensive Care Med 2003;29:672-676.
2. Trick WE, Chapman WW, Wisniewski MF, Peterson BJ, Solomon SL, Weinstein RA. Electronic interpretation of chest radiograph reports to detect central venous catheters. Inf Control Hosp Epidemiol2003;24:950-954.
3. Roberts RR, Scott RD, Cordell R, Solomon SL, Steele L, Kampe LM, Trick WE, Weinstein RA. The use ofeconomic modeling to determine the hospital costs associated with nosocomial infections. Clin Inf Dis2003;36:1424-1432.
4. Wisniewski M, Kieszkowski P, Zagorski BM, Trick WE, Sommers M, Weinstein RA for the ChicagoAntimicrobial Resistance Project. Development of a clinical data warehouse for hospital infection control. JAMIA 2003;10:454-462.
5. Glowacki RC, Schwartz DN, Itokazu GS, Wisniewski MF, Kieszkowski P, Weinstein RA. Antibioticcombinations with redundant antimicrobial spectra: epidemiology and pilot intervention of computer-assisted surveillance. Clin Inf Dis 2003;37:59-64.
6. O'Grady NP, Gerberding JL, Weinstein RA, Masur H. Patient safety and the science of prevention: Thetime for implementing the Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-Related Infections is now.Crit Care Med 2003;31:291-292
7. Parada JP, Deloria-Knoll M, Chmiel JS, Arozullah AM, Phan L, Ali SN, Goetz MB, Weinstein, Campo R,Jacobson J, Dehovitz J, Berland D, Bennett CL. Relationship between health insurance and medical carefor patients hospitalized with human immunodeficiency virus-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia,1995-1997: Clin Inf Dis 2003;37:1549.
8. Trick WE, Vernon MO, Welbel SF, Wisniewski MF, Jernigan JA, Weinstein RA. Unnecessary central-venous catheter use: The need to look outside the Intensive-Care unit. Inf Control Hosp Epidemiol 2004;25:266-268.
9. Lo E, Rezai K, Evans AT, Madariaga MG, Phillips M, Brobbey W, Schwartz DN, Wang Y, Weinstein RA,Trenholme GM. Why don't they listen? Adherence to recommendations of infectious diseaseconsultations. Clin Inf Dis 2004;38:1212-8.
10. Weinstein RA. Planning for epidemics – The lessons of SARS. NEJM 2004;350:2332-2334.
11. Trick WE, Weinstein RA, DeMarais PL, Tomaska W, Nathan C, McAllister SK, Hageman J, Rice TW,Westbrook G, Jarvis WR. Comparison of routine glove use to contact isolation precautions to preventtransmission of multidrug-resistant bacteria in a long-term care facility. J Amer Geriatrics Soc 2004;52:2003-2009.
12. Weinstein RA. Hand hygiene - Of reason and ritual. Ann Int Med 2004:141;65-66.
13. Trick WE, Zagorski BM,Tokars JI, Vernon MO, Welbel SF, Wisniewski MF, Richards C, Weinstein RA. Computer algorithms to detect bloodstream infections. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2004;10:1612-1620.
14. Kendrick SR, Kroc KA, Couture E, Weinstein RA. Comparison of point-of-care rapid HIV testing in threeclinical venues. AIDS 2004;18:2008-2210.
15. Duckro AN, Blom DW, Lyle EZ, Weinstein RA, Hayden MK. Transfer of vancomycin-resistantenterococcus via healthcare worker hands. Arch Int Med 2004;165:302-307.
16. Nijssen S, Bonten MJM, Weinstein RA. Are active microbiological surveillance and subsequent isolationneeded to prevent the spread of MRSA? Clin Inf Dis 2005;40:405-9.
17. Kendrick SR, Kroc K, Withum D, Rydman RJ, Branson BM, Weinstein RA. Outcomes of offering rapidpoint of care HIV testing in a sexually transmitted disease clinic. J AIDS 2005;38:142-146.
18. Itokazu GS, Glowacki RC, Schwartz DN, Wisniewski MF, Rydman RJ, Weinstein RA. Antimicrobialconsumption data from pharmacy and nursing records: How good are they? Infection Control and HospitalEpidemiology 2005;26:395-400.
19. Hota BN, Pur S, Phillips L, Weinstein RA, Segreti J. The impact of fluoroquinolone formulary change onacquisition of quinolone-resistant gram-negative bacilli. Eur J Clin Microbiol & Inf Diseases 2005;24:405-410.
20. DiNubile MJ, Friedland I, Chan CY, Motyl MR, Giezek H, Shivaprakash M, Weinstein RA, Quinn JP. Bowel colonization with resistant gram-negative bacilli after antimicrobial therapy of intra-abdominalinfections: observations from two randomized comparative clinical trials of ertapenem therapy. Eur J ClinMicrobiol 2005;24:443-449.
21. Lubelchek R, Kroc K, Hota B, Sharief R, Muppudi U, Pulvirenti J, Weinstein RA. The role of rapid versusconventional HIV testing for inpatients: effects on quality of care. Arch Int Med 2005;165:1956-1960.
22. Hayden MK, Rezai K, Hayes RA, Lolans K, Quinn JP, Weinstein RA. Development of daptomycinresistance in vivo in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Clin Microbiol 2005:43:5285-5287.
23. Hota B, Weinstein RA. Basics work: Preventing infections in ICUs in developing countries. Crit CareMed 2005;33:2133-4.
24. Weinstein RA, Siegel JD, Brennan PJ. Infection control report cards – securing patient safety. NEJM 2005;353:225-7.
25. Weinstein RA, Bonten MJM. Controlling antibiotic resistant bacteria – what's an intensivist to do? CritCare Med 2005;33:2446-7.
26. Franklin C, Weinstein RA. Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge – AIDS in the ICU. Crit Care Med 2006;34:239-40.
27. Vernon MO, Hayden MK, Trick WE, Hayes RA, Blom DW, Weinstein RA. Chlorhexidine gluconate to cleanse patients in a medical intensive care unit: The effectiveness of source control to reduce thebioburden of vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Archives Internal Medicine 2006;166:306-312.
28. Bonten MJM, Weinstein RA. Antibiotic cycling in ICUs: The value of organized chaos? Crit Care Med 2006;34:549-551.
29. Strausbaugh LJ, Siegel JD, Weinstein RA. Preventing transmission of multidrug-resistant bacteria inhealth care settings: a tale of two guidelines. 2006;42:828-835.
30. Madariaga MG, Evans AT, Brobbey W, Phillips M, Lo E, Rezai K, Schwartz DN, Trenholme GM, WeinsteinRA. Learning by doing: Developing fellows' academic skills through collaborative research. MedicalTeacher 2006 (in press)
31. Lubelchek RJ, Weinstein RA. Strategies for preventing catheter-related bloodstream infections: the roleof new technologies. Crit Care Med 2006;34:905-907.
32. Hayden MK, Bonten MJM, Blom, D, Lyle E, vandeVijver D, Weinstein RA. Reduction in acquisition ofvancomycin-resistant enterococcus after enforcement of routine environmental cleaning measures. Clin InfDis 2006 (in press).
33. Wisniewski MF, Kim S, Trick WE, Welbel SF, Weinstein RA. The effect of education on hand hygienebeliefs and practices: A five year experience. Inf Control Hosp Epidemiol (in press) 2006.
34. Roberts RR, Kampe LM, Hammerman M, Scott RD, Soto T, Ciavarella GG, Rydman RJ, Gorosh K,Weinstein RA. The cost of care for HIV patients from the provider economic perspective. AIDS PatientCare and STDs (in press) 2006.
Robert Weinstein, MD
Chairman, Department of Medicine
John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County
System Chair, Department of Medicine
Cook County Health and Hospital System
Chief Operating Officer,
Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
Professor of Medicine
Rush University Medical College
1900 W. Polk Street, 15th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60612