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Faculty and Staff

Leadership and Hospital Epidemiologists

Infection Control Epidemiologists and Associates

Infection Control Epidemiologists, also known as Infection Preventionists assist JHH HEIC leadership and Hospital Epidemiologists in the development and execution of infection control programs throughout the hospital. Infection Preventionists are responsible for planning, leading and implementing these programs in their areas of responsibility. In addition, Infection Preventionists continuously evaluate policies, procedures and practices relating to infection control within the institution to assure optimum protection for all patients, visitors and employees.

Infection Control Associates (ICA) support HEIC and Infection Preventionists in developing and implementing HEICs infection control programs. Infection Control Associates assess and provide feedback to JHH personnel on hand hygiene, standard and transmission-based precautions, operating room infection control practices, point of use and and environmental cleaning processes and the environment in which patient care is performed. Infection Control Associates also provide training on infection prevention topics. 

Infection Control Epidemiologists

Identification, Contact, Analysis and Notification (ICAN) Epidemiologist 

Infection Control Associate

Other Staff Members

Data Analysts

  • Adina Ivanica, M.S., is the Senior Business Intelligence Analyst for the department In this role, Adina participates in making strategic data-related decisions by sourcing, analyzing, validating, internally managing and reporting high quality and often complex data to detect, quantify and prevent healthcare-acquired infections in The Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is ensuring all necessary data quality control measures are in place and serves as the data management expert. Email: aivanic1@jhmi.edu
  • Avinash Gadala, Ph.D., M.S., is the Clinical Analytics Systems Architect for the department. In this role, he participates in making strategic data-related decisions by sourcing, analyzing, validating, internally managing and reporting high quality and often complex data to detect, quantify and prevent healthcare-acquired infections in The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Health System. He defines and directs the data management workflow for assigned projects, ensuring all necessary data quality control measures are in place and serves as the data management expert. He assists research efforts by providing statistical support, directs the creation and management of new database systems and implements reporting and quality assurance activities. Email: agadala1@jhmi.edu
  • James Lillie, is the Business Intelligence Analyst for the department. Email: jlillie3@jhmi.edu

Hand Hygiene Compliance Coordinator

  • Valerie Finney is the Hand Hygiene Compliance Coordinator for the department. In this role, she monitors compliance with hand hygiene policies in the hospital, provides direct feedback and education to hospital personnel regarding hand hygiene processes, and supports departmental projects and activities. Email: vfinney1@jhmi.edu

Departmental Administrators

  • Debbie McKeown is a Project Coordinator for the department. In this role, she assists the faculty and staff and coordinates a variety of departmental projects, activities and schedules for the infection control professionals and other staff in the department. Email: dmckeow2@jhmi.edu
  • Drania Stafford is a Project Coordinator for the department. In this role, she assists the faculty and staff and coordinates a variety of departmental projects, activities, and schedules for the infection control professionals and other staff in the department. Email: dstaffo6@jhmi.edu
  • Elena Staicu is the Financial Analyst and Project Manager for the department. In this role, she works with faculty and administrative staff in the compilation and management of financial information, budgets, grants, and contracts. She also manages diverse departmental projects and supports the Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in data collection, analysis and data management at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Email: estaicu1@jhmi.edu
  • Megan Welsh is the Training Coordinator for the department. In this role, she coordinates and delivers a variety of training sessions. Email: mwelsh11@jhmi.edu
  • Melissa Dudley, M.P.H. is the Senior Project Administrator for the department. In this role, she assists HEIC leadership in the development and execution of strategies, tactics and activities necessary to achieve departmental and organizational goals. Email: mdudley7@jhmi.edu

Technical Lab Specialist

  • Tracy Ross, M.T. is the Molecular Microbiology and Epidemiology Laboratory Specialist. In this role, she conducts and supports laboratory functions related to infection control, performs molecular typing of pathogens, and supports the investigative and research activities of the Department of Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Email: tross@jmhi.edu