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Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI

Assistant Professor of Medicine



Additional Titles

  • Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Associate Medical Director for Infection Prevention, Washington University School of Medicine

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  • BA, English Literature and Rhetoric, graduation with distinction: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (2005)
  • BS, Molecular and Cellular Biology: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (2005)
  • Medical Degree: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Downers Grove, IL (2009)
  • Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine: University of Chicago (NorthShore), Evanston, IL (2013)
  • Chief Residency, Internal Medicine: University of Chicago (NorthShore), Evanston, IL (2013)
  • Fellowship, Infectious Diseases: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (2015)
  • Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation: Washington University School of Medicine (2016)

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases


2008: Midwestern University Outstanding Student Leader of the Year
2008: Arnold P Gold Humanism Honor Society
2009 Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean’s Award
2010: University of Chicago (NorthShore) Intern of the Year
2012: University of Chicago (NorthShore) Resident of the Year
2012: University of Chicago Medical Student Teaching Excellence Award
2012: University of Chicago (NorthShore) Nursing Housestaff Communication Award
2014: Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America Jonathan Freeman Scholarship
2016: Burroughs Wellcome Travel Grant
2016-2018: National Academy of Medicine Anniversary Fellowship
2018: Washington University Clinical Research and Training Center Outstanding Citizenship Award

Research Interests

Dr. Kwon performs clinical and translational research focused on the microbial ecology of multidrug-resistant organisms (MDRO), and their relationship to the fecal microbiome and the microbiome of the built environment. The Kwon Lab focuses on the epidemiology, transmission, and prevention of MDROs. Dr. Kwon conducts multicenter studies assessing the fecal microbiome in patients with MDRO infections, and the role of the microbiome of the built environment in MDRO transmission. She conducts her research both in the laboratory and the patient bedside.

In the in- and outpatient setting, Dr. Kwon specializes in the care of patients with solid organ and stem cell transplant related infections. She was the 2016-2018 National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Anniversary Fellow, where she spent her time focused on healthcare quality improvement and health policy. She directly contributed to two globally impactful NAM studies, “Making Medicines Affordable: A National Imperative,” and “Crossing the Global Quality Chasm: Improving Healthcare Worldwide.” Dr. Kwon’s experiences as a clinician, scientist, and NAM Fellow encompass her interests to translate the latest research findings into better quality care and outcomes for patients.


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Randomized Controlled Trial to Determine the Impact of Probiotic Administration on Colonization With Multidrug-Resistant Organisms in Critically Ill Patients. Kwon JH, Bommarito KM, Reske KA, Seiler SM, Hink T, Babcock HM, Kollef MH, Fraser VJ, Burnham CA, Dubberke ER; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Prevention Epicenters. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Dec;36(12):1451-4. doi: 10.1017/ice.2015.195. Epub 2015 Aug 27.

Assessment of Healthcare Worker Protocol Deviations and Self-Contamination During Personal Protective Equipment Donning and DoffingKwon JH, Burnham CD, Reske KA, Liang SY, Hink T, Wallace MA, Shupe A, Seiler S, Cass C, Fraser VJ, Dubberke ER.