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Pranita D Tamma, M.D.

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Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Female

Languages: English, Spanish

Expertise: Pediatric Infectious Disease

Research Interests: Improving antibiotic use among children and adults; Multi-drug-resistant gram-negative organisms

Locations

The Johns Hopkins Hospital

600 N. Wolfe Street
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-1492

Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center

601 N. Caroline St.
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-1492

Johns Hopkins Harriet Lane Clinic

200 N. Wolfe Street
Rubenstein Child Health Building, Suite 3149
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Phone: 410-614-3917

Background

Dr. Pranita D. Tamma is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is the Director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Dr. Tamma focuses on optimizing the use of antibiotics to treat infections, while also limiting their unnecessary use and the harm they can cause when used inappropriately. She assists clinicians with the selection, route, dose, interval and duration of antibiotics, developing guidelines to guide the appropriate and judicious use of antibiotics, and monitoring patient outcomes after implementation of these practices.

Besides providing patient care, Dr. Tamma conducts research both in the pediatric and adult population. Her research focuses on clinical outcomes related to antibiotic administration strategies and the use of rapid diagnostic tools to improve antibiotic use. Dr. Tamma has a particular interest in exploring optimal therapy for infections caused by multidrug resistant gram-negative organisms such as ESBLs and CRE.

 

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Titles

  • Director, Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Departments / Divisions

Education

Degrees

  • MD, SUNY at Brooklyn College of Medicine (2004)

Residencies

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatrics (2007)

Fellowships

  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2011)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics / Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2011)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Tamma’s research focuses on clinical outcomes related to antibiotic administration strategies in both children and adults, as well as the incorporation of rapid diagnostics to assist with the early optimization of antibiotic therapy. She is particularly interested in determining optimal therapy for infections caused by multi-drug-resistant gram-negative organisms.

Selected Publications

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Goodman K, Lessler J, Cosgrove SE, Harris AD, Lautenbach E, Han JH, Milstone AM, Masey C, & Tamma PD. A clinical decision tree to predict whether a bacteremic patient is infected with an ESBL-producing organism. Clin Infect Dis. 2016 Jun 28. pii: ciw425. [Epub ahead of print]

Suwantarat N, Logan LK, Carroll KC, Bonomo RA, Simner PJ, Rudin S, Milstone AM, Tekle T, Ross MT, Tamma PD. The prevalence and molecular epidemiology of multidrug-resistant Enterobacteriaceae colonization in a pediatric intensive care unit. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016;37(5):535-43.

Tamma PD, Han JH, Rock C, Harris AD, Lautenbach E, Hsu AJ, Avdic E, Cosgrove SE. Carbapenem therapy is associated with improved survival compared to piperacillin-tazobactam in patients with ESBL bacteremia. Clin Infect Dis. 2015; 60:1319-25

Tamma PD, Turnbull AE, Harris AD, Milstone AM, Hsu AJ, & Cosgrove SE. Less is more: combination antibiotic therapy for the treatment of gram-negative bacteremia in children. JAMA Pediatrics. 2013; 167:903

Tamma PD, Girdwood SC, Gopaul R, Tekle T, Roberts AA, Harris AD, Cosgrove SE, Carroll KC. The Use of Cefepime for Treating AmpC-beta-lactamase producing Enterobacteriaceae. Clin Infect Dis. 2013; 57:781

Activities & Honors

Honors

  • Top Pediatric Infectious Diseases Doctor, Baltimore magazine, 2013
  • Young Investigator’s Epi Project Finalist, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America, 2012
  • Annual Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine students, 2011
  • Travel Award for Outstanding Abstract Submission, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2011
  • Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Award, National Institutes of Health, 2010 - 2014
  • Baurenschmidt Fellowship Grant, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2010
  • KL2 Clinical Research Scholarship, 2010
  • Fellow Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2009
  • Senior Resident Teaching Award, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2007
  • Summa Cum Laude (Combined BS-MD Program), SUNY Downstate College of Medicine, 2004

Memberships

  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, 2009
  • The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2008
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2008

Professional Activities

  • Pediatric Committee on Antimicrobial Stewardship, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2012
  • Antibiotic Subcommittee, Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2011
  • Reviewer, PLoS ONE
  • Reviewer, Pediatrics
  • Reviewer, The Journal of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
  • Reviewer, The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Journal
  • Reviewer, JAMA Pediatrics
  • Reviewer, Clinical Infectious Diseases
  • Reviewer, Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
  • Reviewer, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
  • Reviewer, Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
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