Dr. Olsen’s primary research interests involve the epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections, particularly surgical site infection, and the use of administrative and claims data to study surgical complications. She is interested in identifying operation-specific risk factors and developing risk prediction models for surgical site infections after specific procedures (particularly spine and breast cancer surgery). Her other active area of research involves the development of methods for electronic and claims data-based surveillance to determine the incidence and outcomes of surgical site and other hospital-acquired infections. She is very interested in determining outcomes of hospital-acquired infections from both the societal and patient perspective, including economic costs and impact on quality of life.
- B.S., Medical Microbiology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL (1976) High honors
- PhD – Microbiology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1986) Thesis title: Differential Effects of Avian Myeloblastosis Virus Infection on Immature Cells of the Granulocyte and Macrophage Lineages
- MPH, Joint concentration in Biostatistics and Epidemiology, Saint Louis University, Saint Louis, MO (2001)
- Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology