• Dr. Lee joined the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB in 2016 and is currently an assistant professor. She is the UAB Healthcare Epidemiologist as well as the Birmingham VA Medical Center Associate Healthcare Epidemiologist. Her research focuses on multi-drug resistant pathogens as they relate to infection control, in particular daptomycin nonsusceptible Enterococcus.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title Altmetric
    2022 Daptomycin-Resistant Enterococcus Bacteremia Is Associated with Prior Daptomycin Use and Increased Mortality after Liver TransplantationOpen Forum Infectious Diseases.  9. 2022
    2022 Oral Is the New IV. Challenging Decades of Blood and Bone Infection Dogma: A Systematic ReviewAmerican Journal of Medicine.  135:369-379.e1. 2022
    2022 Leveraging Technology and Gamification to Engage Learners in a Microbiology Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical EducationMedical Science Educator.  1-7. 2022
    2021 Decreasing High-risk Exposures for Healthcare Workers through Universal Masking and Universal Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Testing on Entry to a Tertiary Care FacilityClinical Infectious Diseases.  73:E3113-E3115. 2021
    2021 Appropriate use of short-course antibiotics in common infections: Best practice advice from the American College of PhysiciansAnnals of Internal Medicine.  174:822-827. 2021
    2021 Annals on call - The right antibiotic, for the right infection, and for the right durationAnnals of Internal Medicine.  174. 2021
    2021 Web Exclusive. Annals On Call - Trends in Endocarditis Associated With Injection of Illicit DrugsAnnals of Internal Medicine.  174:OC1. 2021
    2021 How fluoroquinolone preauthorization affects third- And fourth-generation cephalosporin use and resistance in a large academic hospitalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology2021
    2021 Infectious Disease Hospital Preparedness: Lessons Learned from the 2019 Measles OutbreakDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness2021
    2021 The ICON Trauma Study: the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on major trauma workload in the UK 2021
    2020 Annals for hospitalists: Inpatient notes: Clinical Pearls-Enterococcal BacteremiaAnnals of Internal Medicine.  173:HO2-HO3. 2020
    2020 An integrated hospital protocol for persons with injection-related infections may increase medications for opioid use disorder use but challenges remainJournal of Infectious Diseases.  222:S499-S505. 2020
    2020 Early comprehensive testing for COVID-19 is essential to protect trauma centersJournal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery.  89:698-702. 2020
    2020 Reply to Tascini et alClinical Infectious Diseases.  70:1523-1524. 2020
    2020 In-Hospital illicit drug use and patient-directed discharge: Barriers to care for patients with injection-related infectionsOpen Forum Infectious Diseases.  7. 2020
    2020 Infectious diseases consultation is associated with decreased mortality in enterococcal bloodstream infectionsOpen Forum Infectious Diseases.  7. 2020
    2019 Impact of infectious disease consultation on clinical management and mortality in patients with candidemiaClinical Infectious Diseases.  68:1585-1587. 2019
    2019 A 9-Point Risk Assessment for Patients Who Inject Drugs and Require Intravenous Antibiotics: Focusing Inpatient Resources on Patients at Greatest Risk of Ongoing Drug UseClinical Infectious Diseases.  68:1041-1043. 2019
    2018 Improvement of gram-negative susceptibility to fluoroquinolones after implementation of a pre-authorization policy for fluoroquinolone use: A decade-long experienceInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  39:1419-1424. 2018
    2018 Web Exclusive. Annals On Call - Diagnosing Sepsis: Untangling Confusion Around qSOFA and SIRSAnnals of Internal Medicine.  169:OC1. 2018
    2018 The Impact of 2015 NHSN Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Definition Change on Central Line-associated Bloodstream Infection (CLABSI) Rates and CLABSI Prevention Efforts at an Academic Medical CenterInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  39:878-880. 2018
    2017 Impact of changes to the national healthcare safety network (NHSN) definition on catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI) rates in intensive care units at an academic medical centerInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  38:621-623. 2017
    2017 Pseudo-outbreak of brevundimonas diminuta attributed to contamination of culture medium supplementInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  38:598-601. 2017
    2017 Treatment of racemose neurocysticercosisSurgical Neurology International.  8. 2017
    2016 Sustained High Level of Healthcare Worker Adherence with Hand Hygiene Practice Recommendations Using the Patient-as-Observer Approach in the Ambulatory SettingInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  37:1496-1498. 2016
    2016 Evaluation of baseline corrected QT interval and azithromycin prescriptions in an academic medical centerJournal of Hospital Medicine.  11:15-20. 2016
    2015 Ocular bartonellosis in transplant recipients: Two case reports and review of the literatureTransplant Infectious Disease.  17:723-727. 2015
    2015 Cytomegalovirus appendicitis in solid organ transplant patients, two cases and a reviewJournal of Clinical Virology.  66:48-50. 2015

    Education And Training

  • Doctor of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham 2010
  • Bachelor of Science or Mathematics in Biology, Birmingham-Southern College 2006
  • Full Name

  • Rachael Lee