Department of Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Information Officer
Director of Clinical Informatics:
Quality Improvement & Practice-Based Improvement Research Network
Hospital Epidemiologist
Infectious Diseases Attending

Education

  • Medical School: MD, University of Toronto Medical School
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, University of Toronto Medical School
  • Fellowship: General Internal Medicine, University of Toronto Medical School
  • Fellowship: Infectious Diseases, Harvard Medical School

Academic and Administrative Appointments

  • Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • (1993)  A.D. Allen Scholarship, University of Toronto - Highest academic award at University of Toronto, Scarborough College, for top overall grade point average.
  • (1998)  Cody Gold Medal, University of Toronto Medical School - Highest overall academic standing in the four years of the Doctor of Medicine program.
  • (1998)  Dr. Mitchell Kohan Scholarship, University of Toronto Medical School - Special excellence in Internal Medicine
  • (2002)  Postgraduate Teaching Award, University of Toronto Medical School - Excellence in Resident Education
  • (2003-2004)  Best Conference Leader, Harvard Medical School - Best conference leader in first year medical curriculum 

Professional Memberships/Affiliations/Activities

  • (1997)  Alpha Omega Alpha Membership, Honor medical society, University of Toronto Medical School
  • (2005-present)  American Society of Microbiology
  • (2007-present)  Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • (2008-present) CDC MRSA decolonization panel; Panelist
  • (2009- present) World HAI Forum, MRSA group; Panelist
  • (2010- present) Technical Evaluation Panel for the Comparative Effectiveness Review of Screening for MRSA Carriage (BlueCross BlueShield Association Evidence-based Practice Center); Panelist
  • (2011- present) CDC Staphylococcus aureus Colonization section; Subject Matter Expert
  • (2011- present) NIH Small Business: Health Informatics Special Emphasis Panel; Reviewer

Scholarly Work

Publications in Peer-Review Journals:

  1. JA Fisher, G Volgyesi, DD Sommer, JA Silverman, AK Fink, AA Robicsek, LZ Sommer:  Dynamic measurement of tracheal diameter in dogs. J. Appl. Physiol. 78(2): 388-393, 1995.
  2. J Dickstein, A Greenberg, J Kruger, A Robicsek, JA Silverman, LZ Sommer, D Sommer, G Volgyesi, S Iscoe, JA Fisher:  PaCO2 affects tracheal tone during apnea. J. Appl. Physiol. 81(3): 1184-1189,1996.
  3. L Sommer, S Iscoe, A Robicsek, J Kruger, J Silverman, J Rucker, J Dickstein, GA Volgyesi, JA Fisher:  A simple breathing circuit minimizing changes in alveolar ventilation during hyperpnea. European Respiratory Journal. 12(3): 698-701,1998.
  4. J Silverman, LZ Sommer, A Robicsek, J Dickstein, A Greenberg, J Kruger, J Rucker, G Volgyesi, JA Fisher, S Iscoe:  Tracheal constrictor drive above the apneic threshold in anesthetized dogs.  J. Appl. Physiol.  89: 2258-2262, 2000.
  5. D Kumar, MS Cattral, A Robicsek, C Gaudreau, A Humar: Outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa by multiple organ transplantation from a common donor. Transplantation. 75(7): 1053-5, 2003.
  6. P Gaviani, RB Schwartz, E Hedley-White, KL Ligon, A Robicsek, P Schaefer, JW Henson: Diffusion weighted imaging of fungal cerebral infection.  Am J Neuroradiol. 26(5): 1115-21, 2005.
  7. A Robicsek, DF Sahm, J Strahilevitz, GA Jacoby, DC Hooper: Broader distribution of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance in the United States.  Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy. 49(7): 3001-3, 2005.
  8. J Strahilevitz, A Robicsek, DC Hooper: Role of the Extended α4 Domain of Staphylococcus aureus Gyrase A Protein in Determining Low Sensitivity to Quinolones. Antimicrobial Agents Chemotherapy. 50(2):600-6, 2006.
  9. A Robicsek, J Strahilevitz, GA Jacoby, M Macielag, D Abbanat, CH Park, K Bush, DC Hooper: Fluoroquinolone-Modifying Enzyme:  A Novel Adaptation of a Common Aminoglycoside Acetyltransferase.  Nature Medicine. 12(1): 83-8, 2006.
  10. GA Jacoby, KE Walsh, DM Mills, VJ Walker, H Oh, A Robicsek, DC Hooper:  Another plasmid-mediated gene for quinolone resistance, qnrB.  Antimicrob. Agents Chemother.  50(4):1178-82, 2006.
  11. K Gay*, A Robicsek*, J Strahilevitz, CH Park, G Jacoby, TJ Barrett, F Medalla, TM Chiller, DC Hooper:  Plasmid mediated quinolone resistance in non-Typhi Salmonella. Clin Infect Dis. 43(3):297-304, 2006. *Authors contributed equally to the work.
  12. A Robicsek, J Strahilevitz, DF Sahm, GA Jacoby, DC Hooper: qnr prevalence in ceftazidime-resistant Enterobacteriaceae isolates from the United States.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 50(8):2872-4, 2006.
  13. CH Park, A Robicsek, GA Jacoby, D Sahm, DC Hooper:  Prevalence of aac(6`)-Ib-cr encoding a ciprofloxacin-modifying enzyme in the United States.  Antimicrob. Agents Chemother.  50(11):3953-5, 2006.
  14. S Schneeweiss, A Robicsek, R Scranton, D Zuckerman, DH Solomon: Veteran’s affairs hospital discharge databases coded serious bacterial infections accurately.  J Clin Epi. 60(4):397-409, 2007.
  15. J Strahilevitz, D Engelstein, A Adler, V Temper, AE Moses, C Block, A Robicsek:  Changes in qnr prevalence and fluoroquinolone resistance in clinical isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae and Enterobacter spp.; 1990-2005.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 51(8):3001-3, 2007.
  16. SM Paule, D Hacek, K Truchon, RB Thomson, K Kaul, A Robicsek, LR Peterson: Performance of the BD GeneOhmTM MRSA test before and during high-volume clinical use.  J Clin Micro.  45(9):2993-8, 2007.
  17. LR Peterson, RU Manson, SM Paule, DM Hacek, A Robicsek, RB Thomson Jr., KL Kaul: Detection of Toxigenic Clostridium difficile in Stool by Real-Time PCR for the Diagnosis of C. difficile-Associated Diarrhea (CDAD).  Clin Infect Dis. 45(9):1152-60, 2007.
  18. A Robicsek, M Suseno, JL Beaumont, RB Thomson Jr., LR Peterson. Prediction of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus involvement in disease sites by concomitant nasal sampling.  J Clin Microbiol. 46(2):588-92, 2008.
  19. A Robicsek, JL Beaumont, SM Paule, DM Hacek, RB Thomson Jr., KL Kaul, P King, LR Peterson.  Universal surveillance for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in 3 affiliated hospitals.  Annals of Internal Medicine. 148(6):409-18. 2008.
  20. A Robicsek, JL Beaumont, LR Peterson.  Duration of Colonization with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureusClin Infect Dis.  48(7):910-3. 2009.
  21. MO Wright, A Fisher, M John, K Reynolds, LR Peterson, A Robicsek. The electronic medical record as a tool for infection surveillance: successful automation of device days. Am J Infect Control. 37(5):364-70. 2009.
  22. G Warburg, M Korem, A Robicsek, D Engelstein, AE Moses, C Block, J Strahilevitz. Changes in aac(6`)-Ib-cr  prevalence and fluoroquinolone resistance in nosocomial isolates of E. coli.: 1991-2005.  Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 53(3):1268-70. 2009.
  23. A Robicsek, JL Beaumont, RB Thomson, G Govindarajan, LR Peterson. Topical Therapy for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization: Impact on Infection Risk. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 30(7):623-32. 2009.
  24. S Paule, SM Paule, M Mehta, DM Hacek, T-M Gonzalzles, A Robicsek, LR Peterson. Chromogenic Media versus Real-time PCR for Nasal Surveillance of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Impact on Detection of MRSA Positive Persons. American Journal of Clinical Pathology. 131(4):532-9. 2009.
  25. LR Peterson, A Robicsek.  Does My Patient Have Clostridium difficile Infection? Annals of Internal Medicine. 151(3):176-9. 2009.
  26. DM Hacek, SM Paule, RB Thomson Jr., A Robicsek, LR Peterson.  Implementation of a universal admission surveillance and decolonization program for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) reduces the number of MRSA and total number of S. aureus isolates reported by the clinical laboratory. J Clin Microbiol.  47(11):3749-52. 2009.
  27. C La Forgia, John Franke, DM Hacek, RB Thomson Jr., A Robicsek, LR Peterson.  Management of a Multidrug-Resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii Outbreak in an Intensive Care Unit Using Novel Environmental Disinfection: A 38-Month Report. Am J Infect Control. 38(4):259-63. 2010.
  28. DM Hacek, AM Ogle, A Fisher, A Robicsek, Peterson LR. Significant impact of terminal room cleaning with bleach on reducing nosocomial Clostridium difficile. Am J Infect Control. 38(5):350-3. 2010.
  29. A Robicsek, JL Beaumont, MO Wright, RB Thomson Jr, KL Kaul, LR Peterson.  Electronic Prediction Rules for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Jan;32(1):9-19. 2011.
  30. MO Wright, JL Beaumont, M Kharasch, LR Peterson, A Robicsek. Reporting Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: Denominator Matters. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Jul;32(7):635-40. 2011.
  31. LR Peterson, MS Mehta, PA Patel, DM Hacek, M Harazin, PP Nagwekar, RB Thomson Jr, A Robicsek. Laboratory Testing for Clostridium difficile Infection: Light at the End of theTunnel. Am J Clin Path. Sep;136(3):372-80. 2011.
  32. KE Metzger, SR Black,  RC Jones, SR Nelson, A Robicsek, GM Trenholme, MA Lavin, SG Weber, S Garcia-Houchins, E Mawdsley, J Parada, SI Gerber.  Identification, Management and Clinical Characteristics of Hospitalized Patients with Influenza-like Illness (ILI) during the 2009 H1N1 Influenza Pandemic, Cook County, IL. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. Oct;32(10):998-1002. 2011.
  33. A Robicsek, G Jacoby, DC Hooper: The worldwide emergence of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance. Lancet Infectious Disease. 6(10):629-40, 2006.
  34. J Strahilevitz, GA Jacoby, DC Hooper, A Robicsek. Plasmid-Mediated Quinolone Resistance: a Multifaceted Threat. Clin Microbiol Rev. 22(4):664-89. 2009.
  35. C Hebert, A Robicsek. Decolonization Therapy in Infection Control. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 23(4):340-5. 2010.

Peer Review Service:

  1. Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
  2. Annals of Internal Medicine
  3. Archives of Internal Medicine
  4. Annals of Surgery
  5. Infection Control Hospital Epidemiology
  6. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
  7. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
  8. Clinical Infectious Diseases
  9. American Journal of Infection Control

Presentations:

  1. Guest Lecture: It came from the swamp: Tracing deadly genes from pond to patient - Northwestern University Course: CEE361: Environmental Microbiology and Public Health (Evanston, IL, 2006)
  2. Illinois Society of Microbiology (Des Plaines, IL, 2007)
    Universal Admission Surveillance for MRSA
  3. First ASM Emerging Technologies Conference (Beijing, PRC, 2008)
    Alternative Uses of Electronic Data in Infectious Disease: Searching for Hidden Treasure
  4. American Society of Health-System Pharmacists; Healthcare Acquired Infections: Meeting National Patient Safety Goal 7 through Antimicrobial Stewardship and Evidence-Based Practices (Orlando, FL, 2008)
    MRSA infection control and antimicrobial stewardship
  5. 18th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of Oregon (Portland, OR, 2008)
    MRSA control methods: Clostridium difficile update
  6. 2nd World HAI forum (Annecy, France, 2009)
    US Trends: MRSA Control vs ‘General Infection Control’
  7. 2nd Annual Veterans Health Administration MRSA Prevention Forum (San Jose, CA, 2009)
    Three and a half years of universal MRSA surveillance: Lessons Learned
  8. Epic Research Advisory Council (Verona, WI, 2010)
    Epic for advanced infection control
  9. 50th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (Boston, MA, 2010)
    Universal MRSA admission surveillance and decolonization: Too much?
  10. Internal Medicine Grand Rounds, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (Chicago, IL, 2011)
    Wunderlich Revisited: Adventures in Infectious Disease Informatics
  11. President’s Lecture Series, University of Chicago-NorthShore collaboration (Chicago, IL, 2011)
    Electronic Medical Records: Documentation Issues
  12. 2nd ASM Emerging Technologies Conference (San Juan, PR, 2011)
    Electronic Tools for Controlling Antibmicrobial Resistance
  13. Epic Research Advisory Council (Verona, WI, 2011)
    Creating and Managing a Research Informatics Team
  14. Epic Research Advisory Council (Verona, WI, 2011)
    Bringing Data from a Data Warehouse to the Bedside
  15. Guest lecture: Large Clinical Datasets for Epidemiological Research - University of Chicago Course: Local and Global Approaches to Infections Disease Epidemiology, HSTD 31300/CCTS 43200 (Chicago, IL, 2011)
  16. Guest lecture: Large Clinical Datasets for Epidemiological Research - University of Chicago Course: Fundamentals of Health Services Research, PPHA 47900/CCTS 45200 (Chicago, IL, 2011)
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