Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH

Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine

Dr. Hilary Babcock is the Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Occupational Infection Prevention for BJC Healthcare and the clinical lead for the Bone and Joint/Orthopedic Infections Consult service. She is a CDC funded clinical investigator studying transmission of infections in healthcare settings. She is a past president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and co-chair of the CDC’s Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). She is the former co-chair of AWAM (Advancing Women in Academic Medicine) and on the steering committee of AWAM and FWIM (Forum for Women in Medicine).

Dr. Babcock specializes in prevention of infection transmission in healthcare settings, both operationally and through her research, with a particular focus on respiratory viral infections. Her research has focused on healthcare worker and patient risks for infections, including studies of aerosol generation and risks for pathogen transmission in collaboration with engineering partners. She attends on the Bone and Joint/Orthopedic Infection inpatient consult service.

Dr. Babcock mentors students, residents, fellows and junior faculty who are interested in infection prevention, occupational health and clinical research in those areas, as well as those interested in orthopedic infections.

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Patients seen at

Infectious Diseases Clinic
620 South Taylor Ave., Suite 100
St. Louis, MO 63110

Additional Titles
  • Medical Director, Departments of BJC Infection Prevention & Epidemiology Consortium
  • Medical Director, Occupational Health, Barnes-Jewish and St. Louis Children’s Hospitals
  • BA: Brown University, Rhode Island (1989)
  • Medical Degree: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas TX (1994)
  • Residency: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (1997)
  • Chief Resident, Internal Medicine: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (1999)
  • Fellowship Infectious Diseases: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri (2002)
  • MPH: St. Louis University School of Public Health, St. Louis MO (2006)
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty of Infectious Diseases
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Fellow, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
  • 2019 President, SHEA
Selected Publications
  1. O’Neil CA, Li J, Leavey A, Wang Y, Hink M, Wallace M, Biswas P, Burnham CD, Babcock HM. Characterization of Aerosols Generated During Patient Care Activities. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2017 Oct 15;65(8):1335-1341
  2. O’Neil CA, Kim L, Prill MM, Talbot HK, Whitaker B, Sakthivel SK, Zhang y, Zhang J, Tong S, Stone N, Garg S, Gerber SI, Babcock HM. Respiratory viral surveillance of healthcare personnel and patients at an adult long-term care facility. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
  3. Pilishvili T, Fleming-Dutra KE, Farrar JL, et al. Vaccine Effectiveness Among Healthcare Personnel Study Team. Interim Estimates of Vaccine Effectiveness of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 Vaccines Among Health Care Personnel – 33 U.S. Sites, January-March 2021. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2021 May 21;70(20):753-758. doi: 10.15585/mmwr.mm7020e2. PMID: 34014909; PMCID: PMC8136422.

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