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Clare Rock, M.B.B.Ch.

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Assistant Professor of Medicine

Research Interests: Role of human factors in infection prevention; Role of patient environment in infection transmission; Novel infection-related outcome measures for quality of care more


Dr. Clare Rock is an assistant professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Associate hospital Epidemiologist at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and Faculty Member at Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Her research interest focuses the prevention of pathogen transmission in the hospital environment. This includes novel strategies of improving patient room cleaning and disinfection, including human factors engineering approaches, and conducting robust clinical trials to examine effectiveness of “no touch” novel technologies such as UV-C light. She has particular interest in carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae transmission in the hospital environment, including outbreak management, and transmission and epidemiology of Clostridium difficile. Her other area of interest is diagnostic stewardship, and the behavioral, cultural and human factors aspects of implementation of initiatives to enhance appropriate use of diagnostic tests. She leads a national initiative, as part of the High Value Practice Academic Alliance, examining strategies for appropriate testing for Clostridium difficile. This is a wider implementation of work that Dr. Rock conducted with The Johns Hopkins Health System facilities. Dr. Rock has multiple sources of grant funding including from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and industry. Dr. Rock is Vice Chair of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Research Network, and serves on the SHEA research committee. Dr. Rock earned her M.B.B.Ch. at the University College Dublin School of Medicine, National University of Ireland, and her MS masters of clinical science of research at the University of Maryland, where she received the MS scholar award for epidemiology. more


  • Assistant Professor of Medicine

Departments / Divisions



  • M.B.B.Ch., University College Dublin, National University of Ireland (Ireland) (2004)

Research & Publications

Activities & Honors


  • Resident Grand Rounds Competition Winner, Connolly Hospital, Ireland
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, University College Cork and South Tipperary General Hospital
  • Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland Research Award, Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland Research Award, Ireland
  • Ireland Fellows’ Clinical Case presentation winner, Infectious Diseases Society of Ireland Annual Scientific Meeting
  • ECCMID Award for high-quality abstract, European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID) Award for high-quality abstract Milan, Italy
  • Trainee Travel Grant for Excellence in Abstract Submission ID Week™, IDSA
  • SHEA Epi Project Grant Award Winner, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • Jonathan Freeman Scholarship SHEA Conference Award, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • Graduate Program in Life Sciences MS Scholar Award
  • Top 5 Best Scientific Abstracts -Spring 2015, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)


  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), 2011
  • Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA), 2011
  • American Society of Microbiology (ASM), 2014
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