Stephanie L. Baer, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Stephanie L. Baer, MD is the Chief of Infection Control and Epidemiology at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, Georgia. Originally from Greenville, S.C., she attended the Honors College at the University of South Carolina on scholarships as a National Merit Scholar and a University Scholar. She graduated manga cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry and she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges Universities, included in the President’s honor Roll, and received the Outstanding Senior award. She attended the Medical University of South Carolina as a recipient of the Dean’s Award, a full scholarship, and received honors in internal medicine, pediatrics, and critical care. She received a MD and went on to residency in Internal Medicine and fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
While there she received the Red Ribbon Award for clinical service. During fellowship she taught second year microbiology laboratory sessions and presented numerous case conferences, journal clubs, and Infectious Disease grand rounds. She pursued specialized training during fellowship by volunteering for extra clinical time in the bone marrow transplant unit, attending the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology in America training course, and attending Hospital Infection Control Committee meetings. Her research interest during fellowship was infections in immunocompromised hosts. She participated in projects to investigate the antifungal resistance of Candida isolates from the TRANSNET trial and Cryptococcal skin and soft tissue infections in transplant patients.
Her primary appointment is as the Hospital Epidemiologist and Chief of Infection Control at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. In that capacity, she is the chair of the Infection Control Committee and the Pandemic Influenza Subcommittee of the Emergency Preparedness Committee. She serves on multiple other local administrative committees including the Clinical Executive Board and the Professional Standards Board. She is a member on the regional VISN 7 Reusable Medical Equipment Board and a consultant and a faculty for the VISN 7 Readiness Team. She was recently given a 6 month detail as the Acting Chief of Quality Management. She was honored to be chosen to participate in the VISN 7 Physician Leadership Training Course and the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center Yellow Belt Lean Certification Course.
Dr. Baer is the principal investigator for currently funded research projects. Her research interests include the epidemiology of specific infections in veterans and in dialysis patients. She is also has continued her interest in infections in the immunocompromised host by examining host pathogen interactions as HIV patients age. She is collaborating with Dr. Mellor of the Augusta University Cancer immunology, Inflammation and Tolerance Program and Dr. Saag of the Centers for AIDS research Network of Integrated Clinical Systems to investigate the role of Indoleamine 2,3 dioxygenase in persons living with HIV. On another project, she collaborates with Pfizer to examine the epidemiology of community acquired pneumonia in veterans. Dr. Baer is a contributing member to the USRDS Nephrology and Infectious Disease Study group and has co-authored numerous abstracts and presentations with the group. She mentored and served on the dissertation committee for a doctoral student to analyze the impact of the VA MRSA initiative on the CNVAMC Spinal Cord Injury Unit. As part of her contribution to research at the VA and Augusta University, she is a voting member on both the VA Research and Development committee and the Augusta University Human Assurance Committee.
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