(Republished from the division of infectious diseases and UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases website.)
Ensuring an ill patient does not become sicker through a healthcare-associated infection is the goal of all clinicians. David J. Weber, MD, MPH, aims to help his peers keep their patients safe by studying infection control. His study entitled “Effectiveness of ultraviolet devices and hydrogen peroxide systems for terminal room decontamination: Focus on clinical trials” was the most read and cited publication in the American Journal of Infection Control in 2017. This feat has earned him the 2018 Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) and American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC) Award for Publication Excellence. Co-authors from UNC included Bill Rutala, MPH, PhD, and Emily Sickbert-Bennett, MS, PhD.
Weber began his career at UNC in 1985. He holds a triple appointment – as a professor of medicine and pediatrics within the UNC School of Medicine and as a professor of epidemiology in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Under his guidance, healthcare-associated infections at UNC Hospitals have been reduced by more than 70 percent over the past decade. His ultimate professional goal is to eliminate all preventable healthcare-associated infections, and he looks to the men and women he has trained over the years to help him achieve this goal.
“The goal is to get to zero,” Weber said. “We can do this by controlling our environmental factors, developing vaccines against infections and continuing to train the next generation of infectious diseases epidemiologists.”
This is the second time Weber has won this award. He received the 2018 APIC/AJIC Award for Publication Excellence during the APIC annual conference on June 15, in Minneapolis.