Weber elected to Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America's Board of Trustees

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) has elected David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, pediatrics and epidemiology, to its Board of Trustees.

Weber elected to Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America's Board of Trustees click to enlarge David Weber, MD, MPH

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, or SHEA, has elected David Weber, MD, MPH, professor of medicine, pediatrics and epidemiology, to its Board of Trustees.

Since its founding in 1980, SHEA has advocated for safe patient care by promoting the prevention of health care-associated infections and antibiotic resistance, and by advancing the fields of health care epidemiology and antibiotic stewardship.

“I am both honored and excited to be joining the SHEA Board,” said Weber. “SHEA serves a critical role in bringing professionals interested in infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship together to improve the health of patients via training, research and public advocacy.”

Election to a board with this mission is in line with Weber’s life’s work. He serves as Medical Director of UNC Hospitals’ Departments of Hospital Epidemiology and Occupational Health Service, and as Associate Chief Medical Officer of UNC Health Care. These roles charge him with keeping staff healthy and keeping patients from developing an infection while they are in UNC Hospitals’ care. He also serves as an Associate Editor of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 

Under his guidance, health care-acquired infections at UNC Hospitals have been reduced by 70-90 percent over the past decade.

“We’ve done this in a variety of ways,” Weber said. “Hand washing is key and I’m proud to say we have more than 90 percent compliance among clinicians and staff.”