Julia Shaklee Sammons, MD, MSCE

Julia Shaklee Sammons, MD, MSCE

Julia Shaklee Sammons, MD, MSCE, is the Hospital epidemiologist and Medical Director of the Department of Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Prevention of healthcare-associated infections, Epidemiology of pediatric C. difficile infection, Change management and implementation of quality improvement initiatives
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 

Internship

Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Residency

Pediatrics - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Fellowship

Pediatric Infectious Diseases - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology (MSCE) - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director, Department of Infection Prevention and Control

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania 

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2015

Szymczak J, Smathers SA, Hoegg CL, Klieger S, Sammons JS: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: A Mixed-Methods Analysis of the Reasons Why Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers Work While Sick  JAMA Pediatrics 2015 Notes: in press.

Bender JM, Virgalito M, Newland JG, Sammons JS, Thorell EA, Coffin SE, Pavia AT, Sandora TJ, Hersh AL: Infection Prevention and Control Practices in Children's Hospitals. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology 10: 1-4, February 2015 Notes: DOI: 10.1017/ice.2015.23.

2014

Davis KF, Colebaugh AM, Eithun B, Klieger SB, Meredith DJ, Plachter N, Sammons JS, Thompson A, Coffin SE: Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections: A Quality-Improvement Initiative. Pediatrics 134(3): e857-64, 2014.

Fisher BT*, Sammons JS*, Li Y, de Blank P, Seif AE,Huang Y, Kavcic M, Klieger S, Harris T, Torp K, Rheam D, Shah A, Aplenc R: Variation in Risk of Hospital-Onset Clostridium difficile Infection Across β-Lactam Antibiotics in Children With New-Onset Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society doi: 10.1093/jpids/piu008, February 2014.

2013

Sammons JS,Gerber JS, Tamma PD, Sandora TJ, Beekmann SE,Polgreen PM, Hersh AL : Diagnosis and Management of Clostridium difficile Infection by Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physicians. The Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society October 2013 Notes: doi:10.1093/jpids/pit065

Sammons JS, Localio AR, Xiao R, Coffin SE, Zaoutis TE: Clostridium difficile Infection is associated with Increased Risk of Death and Prolonged Hospitalization in Children. Clinical Infectious Diseases 57(1): 1-8, March 2013.

Abstracts

2015

Rettig SL,  Hoegg CL, Teszner EE, Smathers SA,  Satchell L, Sammons JS: Ensuring competency of high-level disinfection (HLD) practices in non-Central Processing Department (CPD) locations. 42nd APIC Annual Conference 2015.

Klieger SB, Fitzgerald J, Weiss S, Balamuth F, Sammons JS, Coffin SE: Epidemiology of Healthcare-associated Infections and Severe Sepsis in Hospitalized Children. SHEA 2015 Conference  2015.

Vaidehi Nayar, Andrea Kennedy, Janine Pappas, Krista D. Atchley, Cynthia Field, Sarah A. Smathers, Eva E. Teszner, Julia S. Sammons, Susan E. Coffin, Jeffery S. Gerber, Thomas L. Spray, James M. Steven, Louis Bell, Joan Forrer, Fernando Gonzalez, William J. Nieczpiel, Albert Chi, J. William Gaynor : Improving Cardiac Surgical Site Infection Diagnosis, Adjudication and Reporting By Using Registry Data for Case Ascertainment. Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) Workforce Annual Meeting January 2015.

2014

Szymczak J, Smathers SA, Hoegg CL, Klieger S, Sammons JS: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Why Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers Work While Sick  IDWeek 2014.

Smathers SA, Hoegg CL, Klieger S, Smallcomb L, Satchell L, BA, Noll J, Cockerham J, Coffin SE, Sammons JS: Uncommon Outcomes due to Common Colds: Epidemiology and Outcomes Associated with Nosocomial Viral Infections in Children  IDWeek  2014.

Horton DB, Strom BL, Putt ME, Rose CD, Sammons JS: Clostridium difficile Infection-Associated Reactive Arthritis in a Pediatric Cohort. Arthritis Rheumatol 66(Suppl 11:S82), 2014.

Farrell L, Gilman M, Teszner E, Coffin SE, Sammons JS: Present or Absent on Admission: Impact of Change in National Healthcare Safety Network Surveillance Definitions. IDWeek 2014.

2013

Vendetti N, Gerber JS, Sammons JS, Fisher BT, Zaoutis TE, MD MSCE, Coffin SE: In-hospital Administration of Palivizumab in Children  ID Week  2013.

Sammons JS, Gerber JS, Tamma PD, Sandora TJ, Banerjee R, Beekmann SE, Polgreen PM, Hersh A : Diagnosis and Management of Clostridium difficile Infection by Pediatric Infectious Diseases Physicians. ID Week  2013.

Klieger SB, Sammons JS, Davis KF, Colebaugh AM, Eithun BL, Meredith DJ, Plachter N, Thompson A, Coffin SE: Epidemiology and prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) in hospitalized children. ID Week  2013.

Fisher BT, Sammons JS, Klieger S, Leckerman K, Seif AE, Li Y, Torp K, Yuan Huang SV, Harris T, Rheam D, Shah A, Aplenc R : Variation in Risk of Clostridium difficile Infection Across Beta-lactam Antibiotics in Children with New Onset Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. 31st Annual Meeting: European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases May 2013.

Books

Chapters
2013

Huskins, CW; Sammons, JS; Coffin SE: Healthcare-Associated Infections. Feigin & Cherry Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 7th Edition. Elsevier, 2013.

Julia S. Sammons and Susan E. Coffin: Infection Control for Pediatric Hospitalists. Comprehensive Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Second Edition. Zaoutis L, Chiang V (eds.). McGraw-Hill, 2013.

Sammons JS, Coffin SE: Health Care-Associated Infections in the Nursery. Remington and Klein's Infectious Diseases of the Fetus and Newborn Infant, Eighth Edition. Christopher B. Wilson, Victor Nizet, Yvonne A. Maldonado, Jack S. Remington, and Jerome O. Klein (eds.). Elsevier, Philadelphia PA, 2013.

Sammons JS, Zaoutis TE: Clostridium difficile Colitis. Clinical Decision Support: Pediatrics McMillan JM, Barrett DJ, Boney CM, Jones MD  (eds.). Decision Support in Medicine, LLC. Wilmington, DE, 2013.

2012

Shaklee JF: Parvovirus B19 (Erythema Infectiosum, Fifth Disease), Yersinia enterocolitica. The Five Minute Pediatric Consult, Sixth Edition. Schwartz, M.W (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA, 2012.

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures
2015

Mar, 2015,  "Ebola Preparedness: Perspective from a Designated Ebola Treatment Center," Infection Prevention Forum, Children's Hospital Association, San Francisco, CA

Feb, 2015,  "Ebola Preparedness: CHOP Perspective," Ebola Community Education, Hosted by FELMAUSA Medical Mission to Liberia, Philadelphia, PA

2014

Oct, 2014,  "Ebola: Threats, Challenges, Preparedness," Pennsylvania Bio Life Sciences Future Conference, Philadelphia, PA

Sep, 2014,  "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Why Physicians and Advanced Practice Providers Work While Sick," Children's Hospital Association (CHA) Infection Prevention and Quality and Safety Leaders Forum, Scottsdale, AZ

Sep, 2014,  "Ready or Not: Responding to Measles in the Postelimination Era," Delaware Valley Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC) Professional Development Meeting, Lankenau Hospital, Wynnewood, PA

Sep, 2014,  "Ebola Preparedness: Advice for the International Business Community," Global Philadelphia Association Board Meeting, Philadelphia, PA

Jun, 2014,  Pediatric Infectious Diseases Seminar, Open Medical Institute: Medical Education Beyond Borders, Salzburg, Austria

Awards and Honors

2014  Healthcare Leadership Program, CHOP Leadership Institute
2013  Change Management Practitioner Certification
2012  Trainee Award, IDWeek 2012, Combined Meeting: Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)/ Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
2012  Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Jonathan Freeman Scholarship Recipient
2009  Senior Resident Teaching Award, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2006  Amos Christie Award in Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2006  Award for Excellence in Infectious Diseases, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2006  Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society
2006  Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
2004  Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Kass Award
2003  Amos Christie Pediatric Society Scholar
2000  Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

 

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2013-present, Reviewer, New England Journal of Medicine
2013-present, Reviewer, Clinical Infectious Diseases
2012-present, Reviewer, Pediatric Emergency Care
2012-present, Reviewer, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

Institutional Committees

2014-present, Chair, Ebola Task Force, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2014-present, Member, Milk Bank Advisory Board
2014-present, Member, Children's Hospital Solutions for Patient Safety (CHSPS) Steering Committee Meeting
2013-present, Chair, Preventing Health Care-Associated Infections Steering Committee
2013-present, Chair, Infection Prevention and Control Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2009-present, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
2009-present, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS)
2009-present, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
2006-Present American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)