David K. Warren, MD, MPH

David K. Warren, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

Dr. Warren serves as the Hospital Epidemiologist for Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Medical Director for the Washington University Infection Prevention Program. He is also the Director of the Clinical Research Training Center and the Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation at Washington University.

Dr. Warren specializes in clinical research in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Prevention, with a special focus on the epidemiology and prevention of device-related infections and surgical site infections, plus improving diagnostic stewardship of microbiological testing to accurately diagnose infectious diseases. Other areas of particular interest include bloodstream infections and S. aureus infection and colonization. He regularly attends on the Orthopedic Infectious Diseases Inpatient Consultation Service.

He has a long history of mentoring fellows within the Infectious Disease Division. The fellows he has mentored have gone into careers in academia, with faculty positions at Washington University, University of Illinois, SUNY-Stoneybrook, Catholic University of Chile, and Tokyo Metropolitan Tama Medical Center; public health, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, plus state and city health departments; and private practice. He has also mentored Master of Public Health students. His mentees have published numerous first-author, peer-reviewed original manuscripts.

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Additional Titles
  • Hospital Epidemiologist Barnes-Jewish Hospital
  • Director, Clinical Research Training Center
  • Program Director, Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation
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Barnes-Jewish Hospital

  • BS, Molecular and Cell Biology: Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA (1990)
  • Medical Degree: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA (1994)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine: Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (1997)
  • Fellowship, Infectious Diseases: Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO (2001)
  • MPH: St. Louis University School of Public Health, St. Louis, MO (2005)
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Disease
  • Blue Ribbon Abstract, Abstract #79 of the 15th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society  for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (2005)
  • Letter of Commendation for Peer Review – Annals of Internal Medicine (2008)
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation Clinical Translational Research Award (2008)
  • Fellow, Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (2008)
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America (2011)
  • Best Doctors in America, 2011-present (2011 – present)
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Team Award for Quality Improvement, Preventing Surgical Site Infections – Hip & Knee Replacement Decolonization (2004)
  • SHEA Barry Farr Award for the best article in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology in 2016 – “Prevalence of qacA/B Genes and Mupirocin Resistance Among Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) Isolates in the Setting of Chlorhexidine Bathing Without Mupirocin” (2017)
Selected Publications
  1. Foong KS, Munigala S, Jackups RR Jr., Yarbrough ML, Burnham CAD, Warren DK. The Incidence and Diagnostic Yield of Repeat Urine Culture in Hospitalized Patients: An Opportunity for Diagnostic Stewardship. J Clin Micro 2019 Sep 24;57(10). pii: e00910-19. doi: 10.1128/JCM.00910-19.
  2. Reyes M, Munigala S, Church E, Kulik T, Keyrouz S, Zipfel G, Warren DK. Comparing External Ventricular Drains-Related Ventriculitis Surveillance Definitions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017 Feb 21:1-6. doi: 10.1017/ice.2017.21.
  3. Viray MA, Morley JC, Coopersmith CM, Kollef MH, Fraser VJ, Warren DK. Daily Bathing with Chlorhexidine-based Soap and the Prevention of Staphylococcus aureus Transmission and Infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar;35(3): 243-50.

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