Tamar F Barlam
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry
BS, City College of New York

Dr. Barlam is the Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases and the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship for the Boston Medical Center. She has close to 30 years’ experience directing antimicrobial stewardship programs. Her research is focused on understanding factors that influence antimicrobial prescribing, and the implementation and impact of stewardship interventions. She has also led public policy initiatives to reduce inappropriate use of antimicrobials in food animals and served on a national task force to improve antimicrobial use in companion animals. She is the chair of a national committee on antimicrobial stewardship education and implementation.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are central to how I approach my role as a clinician, researcher and leader in infectious diseases.

In clinical practice, I have sought settings where diverse patient populations are served and strived to provide culturally sensitive care. This is a major reason why I practice at Boston Medical Center.

As a researcher, I have incorporated examination of racial, ethnic and sociodemographic inequities in antibiotic prescribing into my projects. I currently co-mentor a junior faculty member on a project examining racial differences in antibiotic choice and patient outcomes using a national dataset. I am committed to mentoring trainees and faculty from underrepresented groups and to researching ways to reduce inequities within infectious diseases.

As chief of the ID Section, I have sought diverse candidates for recruitment and doubled faculty who are members of groups underrepresented in medicine. I have supported our DEIA efforts such as our ID-based Racial Justice group and have participated in all the training on bias and microaggressions offered here at BU. As Chair of the Antibiotic Stewardship Committee for my professional organization, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), I convened a workgroup to examine DEIA in the hospital epidemiology / antibiotic stewardship workforce as well as examining any bias in the care we provide. The initiatives of my committee helped set the 5-year strategic plan for SHEA as whole.

Section Chief
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

04/01/2019 - 09/30/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Tamar F Barlam
University of Antwerp European Commission

Implementing Telemedicine to Improve Appropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections
06/01/2022 - 05/31/2025 (PI)
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality/DHHS

CorMedix Master Services Agreement
06/14/2023 - 06/14/2024 (PI)

Evaluating the Effectivness of Alternative Implementation Strategies for Antibiotic Stewardship
05/01/2017 - 04/30/2021 (PI)
University of Utah Agency for Healthcar


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  1. Nelson AL, Steiner J, Hanley D, Barlam TF, Drainoni ML, Burrowes SAB, Pierre CM. Revitalizing the infection prevention workforce with a fellowship program for underrepresented groups. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Dec; 44(12):2050-2051.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37395044; PMCID: PMC10755147; DOI: 10.1017/ice.2023.38;
  2. Tjilos M, Drainoni ML, Burrowes SAB, Butler JM, Damschroder LJ, Bidwell Goetz M, Madaras-Kelly K, Reardon CM, Samore MH, Shen J, Stenehjem EA, Zhang Y, Barlam TF. A qualitative evaluation of frontline clinician perspectives toward antibiotic stewardship programs. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Dec; 44(12):1995-2001.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36987859; PMCID: PMC10755145; DOI: 10.1017/ice.2023.35;
  3. Tjilos M, Drainoni ML, Burrowes SAB, Butler JM, Damschroder LJ, Bidwell Goetz M, Madaras-Kelly K, Reardon CM, Samore MH, Shen J, Stenehjem EA, Zhang Y, Barlam TF. A qualitative evaluation of frontline clinician perspectives toward antibiotic stewardship programs. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2023 Mar 29; 1-7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36987859; PMCID: PMC10755145; DOI: 10.1017/ice.2023.35;
  4. Barlam TF, Al Mohajer M, Al-Tawfiq JA, Auguste AJ, Cunha CB, Forrest GN, Gross AE, Lee RA, Seo SK, Suh KN, Volk S, Schaffzin JK. SHEA statement on antibiotic stewardship in hospitals during public health emergencies. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2022 Nov; 43(11):1541-1552. PMID: 36102000; PMCID: PMC9672827; DOI: 10.1017/ice.2022.194;
  5. Dhanani M, Goodrich C, Weinberg J, Acuna-Villaorduna C, Barlam TF. Antibiotic therapy completion for injection drug use-associated infective endocarditis at a center with routine addiction medicine consultation: a retrospective cohort study. BMC Infect Dis. 2022 Feb 05; 22(1):128.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35123439; PMCID: PMC8818134; DOI: 10.1186/s12879-022-07122-x;
  6. Brady KJS, Barlam TF, Trockel MT, Ni P, Sheldrick RC, Schneider JI, Rowe SG, Kazis LE. Clinician Distress and Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing for Acute Respiratory Tract Infections: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2022 May; 48(5):287-297.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35489803
  7. Livorsi DJ, Drainoni ML, Reisinger HS, Nanda N, McGregor JC, Barlam TF, Morris AM, Szymczak JE. Leveraging implementation science to advance antibiotic stewardship practice and research. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2022 02; 43(2):139-146.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34852212
  8. Burrowes SAB, Barlam TF, Skinner A, Berger R, Ni P, Drainoni ML. Provider views on rapid diagnostic tests and antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections: A mixed methods study. PLoS One. 2021; 16(11):e0260598.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34843599; PMCID: PMC8629209; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0260598;
  9. Burrowes SAB, Drainoni ML, Tjilos M, Butler JM, Damschroder LJ, Goetz MB, Madaras-Kelly K, Reardon CM, Samore MH, Shen J, Stenehjem E, Zhang Y, Barlam TF. Survey of physician and pharmacist steward perceptions of their antibiotic stewardship programs. Antimicrob Steward Healthc Epidemiol. 2021; 1(1):e48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36168491; PMCID: PMC9495632; DOI: 10.1017/ash.2021.219;
  10. Heil EL, Bork JT, Abbo LM, Barlam TF, Cosgrove SE, Davis A, Ha DR, Jenkins TC, Kaye KS, Lewis JS, Ortwine JK, Pogue JM, Spivak ES, Stevens MP, Vaezi L, Tamma PD. Optimizing the Management of Uncomplicated Gram-Negative Bloodstream Infections: Consensus Guidance Using a Modified Delphi Process. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2021 Oct; 8(10):ofab434. PMID: 34738022; PMCID: PMC8561258; DOI: 10.1093/ofid/ofab434;
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Limiting antibiotic overprescription in pandemics: New guidelines

MDedge 9/22/2022

Experts lay out antibiotic stewardship lessons from COVID-19

CIDRAP News 9/19/2022

Questions and answers on the COVID-19 vaccine

The Boston Globe 7/19/2021

Boston infectious disease specialists: How to make the vaccination rollout a success

The Boston Globe 1/29/2021

Famous patients tout COVID-19 treatment, but the drug is slow to reach others

The Boston Globe 1/3/2021

Boston infectious disease specialists: Our New Year’s resolutions

The Boston Globe 12/31/2020

CDC Director Appointee Rochelle Walensky “Won’t Be Susceptible to Political Pressure”

The Brink 12/8/2020

Boston infectious disease specialists: Baker’s COVID-19 guidelines can get Mass. back to work and school

The Boston Globe 11/12/2020

Opinion: A COVID-19 vaccine must be safe and effective

The Boston Globe 10/5/2020

Boston Infectious Disease Experts: Don’t Reopen Massachusetts Too Quickly

The Boston Globe 5/11/2020

'Balancing the Potential for Benefit with the Potential for Harm’: How Boston Hospitals are Using Hydroxychloroquine on Coronavirus Patients

The Boston Globe 4/17/2020

Boston Medical Center Tries Anti-Malaria Drug On Coronavirus Patients

WBZ Radio 4/9/2020

Boston Medical Center Testing Possible COVID-19 Treatment

WCVB 3/20/2020

Boston’s Infectious Disease Specialists’ Message to the Public: Don’t be Cavalier About the Coronavirus

The Boston Globe 3/13/2020

Poor Hand Hygiene May Be Biggest Transmitter Of Superbug E.Coli

Reuters 11/22/2019

Somerville Resident Named Chief of Infectious Diseases at BMC

Patch Somerville 10/11/2019

How To Protect Yourself And Your Family This Tick Season

Tech Times 4/13/2019

C Difficile Infection 2 Years Later: Even Nonelderly Patients Vulnerable to GI Symptoms

Contagion Live 2/4/2019

Nonelderly Patients Vulnerable 2 Years After C Difficile Infection

MD Magazine 1/25/2019
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