Course Director and founder Trish Perl is the Chief of Infectious Diseases and the Jay P Sanford professor in the Department of Medicine, Infectious Diseases at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.
She earned her BA and MD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Dr. Perl earned a master’s degree in science and completed her internship, residency, and fellowship in internal medicine at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed a fellowship in infectious diseases and clinical epidemiology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa. She recently moved from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Department of Epidemiology at the Bloomberg School of Hygiene at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She served as the Director of hospital epidemiology and infection control for the Johns Hopkins Hospital between 1996-2011 and the Johns Hopkins Health System between 2011-2016.
Dr. Perl was the 2006 president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and has served as the chair of the annual meeting planning committee and on its nominations and bioterrorism committees. She is a member of the American College of Physicians, American Society of Microbiology, American Federation for Clinical Research, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Perl has served on advisory panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Institute of Medicine and has been a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
An active researcher, Dr. Perl has been a principal and co-principal investigator for studies on healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial resistance and novel surveillance strategies for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Veteran’s Affairs and for other federal agencies. She has authored or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles for numerous journals and has written multiple chapters and contributed to guidelines and policies relevant to healthcare-associated infections.
Her scientific interests encompass influenza and respiratory viral infections, Clostridium difficile, MRSA, resistant gram-negative rods, surgical site infections, catheter-associated bloodstream infections, emerging infections and their prevention. She has worked on many interventions to prevent healthcare-associated infections and to promote healthcare worker safety.