• Dr. Lee joined the UAB Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB in 2016 and is currently an Associate Professor. She is the UAB Chief Healthcare Epidemiologist and in this role, she utilizes evidence based medicine to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections.. Her research focuses on multi-drug resistant pathogens as they relate to infection control.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2023 Short-course antibiotics for common infections: what do we know and where do we go from here?Clinical Microbiology and Infection.  29:150-159. 2023
    2023 Test Performance and Potential Clinical Utility of the GenMark Dx ePlex Blood Culture Identification Gram-Negative PanelMicrobiology Spectrum.  11. 2023
    2022 Clinical risk factors for admission with Pseudomonas and multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas community-acquired pneumoniaAntimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control.  11. 2022
    2022 SHEA statement on antibiotic stewardship in hospitals during public health emergenciesInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  43:1541-1552. 2022
    2022 Analytical performance and potential clinical utility of the GenMark Dx ePlex┬« blood culture identification gram-positive panelDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease.  104. 2022
    2022 How fluoroquinolone preauthorization affects third- and fourth-generation cephalosporin use and resistance in a large academic hospitalInfection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  43:848-859. 2022
    2022 Infectious Disease Hospital Preparedness: Lessons Learned from the 2019 Measles OutbreakDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.  16:899-903. 2022
    2022 Leveraging Technology and Gamification to Engage Learners in a Microbiology Curriculum in Undergraduate Medical EducationMedical Science Educator.  32:649-655. 2022
    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 Use of Novel Strategies to Develop Guidelines for Management of Pyogenic Osteomyelitis in Adults: A WikiGuidelines Group Consensus StatementJAMA Network Open.  E2211321. 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 PhysiciansACP journal club.  174:822-827. 2021
    2021 The ICON Trauma Study: the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on major trauma workload in the UKEuropean Journal of Trauma and Emergency Surgery.  47:637-645. 2021
    2021 Annals on call - The right antibiotic, for the right infection, and for the right durationACP journal club.  174. 2021
    2021 Web Exclusive. Annals On Call - Trends in Endocarditis Associated With Injection of Illicit DrugsACP journal club.  174:OC1. 2021
    2020 Annals for hospitalists: Inpatient notes: Clinical Pearls-Enterococcal BacteremiaACP journal club.  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 SIRSACP journal club.  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

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

  • Rachael Lee