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Sara C. Keller, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P.

Sara C. Keller, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.H.P.

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Pathway, Osler Medical Training Program

Education and Training
Professional Memberships
Clinical and Research Interests
Selected Publications
Contact Information

Education and Training

M.P.H., Epidemiology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC (2006)
M.D., Duke University, Durham, NC (2007)
M.S.H.P, Health Services Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2013)
Residency, Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD (2010)
Fellowship, Infectious Diseases, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2013)
Fellowship, Centers for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Safety, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2013)

Professional Memberships

Infectious Diseases Society of America
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America

Clinical and Research Interests

Dr. Keller’s research focuses on outpatient use of antimicrobial therapy and of outpatient central venous catheters, particularly improving the quality of outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. She also focuses on improving antibiotic stewardship in ambulatory settings, and improving transitions in care among patients discharged on antibiotic therapy. She also teaches others in quality improvement and implementation science.

Selected Publications

  1. Keller SC, Williams D, Gavgani M, Hirsch D, Adamovich J, Hohl D, Krosche A, Cosgrove S, Perl TM. Environmental exposures and the risk of central venous catheter complications and readmissions in home infusion therapy patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017;38(1):68-75.
  2. Keller SC, Cosgrove SE, Higgins Y, Piggott DA, Osgood G, Auwaerter PG. Role of suppressive oral antibiotics in orthopedic hardware infections for those not undergoing two-stage replacement surgery. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016;3(4):ofw176.
  3. Keller SC, Gurses AP, Werner N, Hohl D, Hughes A, Leff B, Arbaje AI. Older adults and management of medical devices in the home: five requirements for appropriate use. Popul Health Manag. 2017;20(4):278-286.
  4. Lawrence D, Shah A, Lee E, Conway S, Ramkumar M, James J, Queale W, Keller S, Biddison L, Gregg P, Ashar B, Desai S, Brotman D, Berry S. Primary care provider preferences for communication with inpatient teams:    one size does not fit all. J Hosp Medicine. 2018;13(3):177-178.
  5. Lawrence D, Keller SC, Conway SJ, Lee EK, Ramkumar MK, Ferreria C, Queale WS, Biddison EL, Desai SV, Brotman DJ, Berry SA. Telephone versus email to improve communication between inpatient and primary care providers. J Hosp Medicine. 2017. In press.
  6. Keller SC, Williams D, Gavgani M, Hirsch D, Adamovich J, Hohl D, Gurses AP, Cosgrove SE. Rates of and risk factors for adverse drug events in outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2018;66(1):11-19.
  7. Keller SC, Williams D, Hamler N, Gavgani M, Hirsch D, Adamovich J, Hohl D, Cosgrove SE. Placing venous catheters in the home: pilot data from the Mobile VAD Program. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 2017;38(11):1375-1377.
  8. Keller SC, Dzintars K, Gorski LA, Williams D, Cosgrove SE. Antimicrobial agents and catheter complications in outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Pharmacotherapy. 2018;38(4):476-481.
  9. Keller SC, Tamma PD, Cosgrove SE, Miller MA, Sateia H, Szymczak J, Gurses AP, Linder JA. Ambulatory antibiotic stewardship through a human factors engineering approach: a systematic review. Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 2018;311(3):417-430.
  10. Xie A, Osei P, Cosgrove S, Keller S, Gurses A, Andonian J, Scheeler V, Rock C. Improving daily patient room cleaning: an observational study using a human factors and systems engineering approach. IISE Transactions on Occupational Ergonomics and Human Factors. 2018. In press.
  11. Fabre MV, Milstone AM, Keller SC, Carroll KC, Cosgrove SE. Prescribers’ knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions about blood culturing practices for adult hospitalized patients: a call for action. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018. In press.

Contact Information

10751 Falls Rd, Suite 412
Lutherville, MD 21093

Phone: 410-583-2900 (clinic number)

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