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Welcome to our Research Behind Infection Prevention segment, where Dr. Mohamed Yassin provides tough questions to top researchers and leaders in their field.

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Podcast – Episode 36 


A Conversation with Dr. Elaine Larson, Infection Prevention Pioneer!

February 4, 2021

Join Dr. Mohamed Yassin and Kara Mullane as they interview Infection Prevention pioneer Dr. Elaine Larson. Listen in as she shares her personal journey over 50 years as a nurse and Infection Preventionist, the changes she's seen and what she sees ahead.

This episode brought to by the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC)

and Infection Prevention Spotlight 

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More about Dr. Elaine Larson

Elaine Larson, RN, PhD, FAAN, CIC


Elaine Larson is Anna C. Maxwell Professor Emerita and Special Lecturer, Columbia University School of Nursing and was Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 1999-2020.  She is a former Dean, Georgetown University School of Nursing.  She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Medicine, Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America, Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, American Academy of Nursing, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Larson has been a member of the Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences.  She has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Chair of CDC’s Hospital Infection Control Advisory Committee (HICPAC).  She has also chaired two institutional review boards—for Columbia and the New York Academy of Medicine—for several decades.


Dr. Larson received the first Pathfinder Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2003, an International Nurse Researcher Award from Sigma Theta Tau in 2011, and the John Stearns Medal for lifetime achievement in clinical practice, New York Academy of Medicine, 2014, and the Walsh McDermott Medal from the National Academy of Medicine, 2017. She was Editor of the American Journal of Infection Control for 25 years (1995-2020) and has published more than 400 journal articles, four books and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research and has served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings. Currently Dr. Larson currently serves on the President's Advisory Committee to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and as a member of the Board of Directors, Certification Board for Infection Control.