Westyn Branch-Elliman, MD, MMSc
Adjunct Instructor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine

MD, Northwestern University School of Medicine
MMS/MMSc, Harvard Medical School



I am a physician investigator who focuses on optimizing healthcare resource utilization and expanding infection prevention programs beyond traditional boundaries. My research projects include epidemiologic and economic evaluations of postpartum breast infections, comparative and cost-effectiveness evaluations of preventions designed to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAI), and development of novel electronic tools for improved HAI detection. The majority of my time is dedicated to clinical research. I also see patients and teach medical students, residents and infectious diseases fellows. In my previous role as the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at the Eastern Colorado VA Healthcare System, I dedicated significant effort to administrative responsibilities, including healthcare epidemiology and antimicrobial stewardship.

VA Boston Healthcare System


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  1. Schrank GM, Wright SB, Branch-Elliman W, LaSalvia MT. A retrospective analysis of adverse events among patients receiving daptomycin versus vancomycin during outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Jun 12; 1-8. PMID: 29893658.
     
  2. Mull HJ, Gellad ZF, Gupta RT, Valle JA, Makarov DV, Silverman T, Branch-Elliman W. Factors Associated With Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Admissions After Invasive Outpatient Procedures in the Veterans Health Administration. JAMA Surg. 2018 May 02.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29801049.
     
  3. Branch-Elliman W, Snyder GM, King AD, Baldini LM, Dooley KM, Yassa DS, Wright SB. Correlation of Hand Hygiene Compliance Measured by Direct Observation with Estimates Obtained from Product Usage. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Jun; 39(6):746-749. PMID: 29606156.
     
  4. Branch-Elliman W, Ripollone J, O'Brien W, Itani K, Strymish J, Gupta K. Combination antimicrobial prophylaxis for hysterectomy: harm without the benefit? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 May; 218(5):536-537.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29409849.
     
  5. Schrank G, Branch-Elliman W. Breaking the Chain of Infection in Older Adults: A Review of Risk Factors and Strategies for Preventing Device-Related Infections. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Dec; 31(4):649-671. PMID: 29079154.
     
  6. Pindyck T, Gupta K, Strymish J, Itani KM, Carter ME, Suo Y, Bessesen MT, Topkoff J, Steele AS, Barón AE, Gundlapalli AV, Branch-Elliman W. Validation of an electronic tool for flagging surgical site infections based on clinical practice patterns for triaging surveillance: Operational successes and barriers. Am J Infect Control. 2018 Feb; 46(2):186-190.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29031434.
     
  7. Branch-Elliman W. A Roadmap for Reducing Cardiac Device Infections: a Review of Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Actionable Risk Factors to Guide the Development of an Infection Prevention Program for the Electrophysiology Laboratory. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2017 Aug 16; 19(10):34. PMID: 28815459.
     
  8. Branch-Elliman W, Ripollone JE, O'Brien WJ, Itani KMF, Schweizer ML, Perencevich E, Strymish J, Gupta K. Risk of surgical site infection, acute kidney injury, and Clostridium difficile infection following antibiotic prophylaxis with vancomycin plus a beta-lactam versus either drug alone: A national propensity-score-adjusted retrospective cohort study. PLoS Med. 2017 Jul; 14(7):e1002340.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28692690.
     
  9. Mittenzwei SE, Topkoff JL, Bessesen MT, Porter CA, Rai GS, Branch-Elliman W. When Sterile Processing Goes Down: An Economic Analysis of Alternative Strategies for Supporting the Service. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 Aug; 38(8):1002-1004. PMID: 28625181.
     
  10. Acuna-Villaorduna C, Branch-Elliman W, Strymish J, Gupta K. Active identification of patients who are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonized is not associated with longer duration of vancomycin therapy. Am J Infect Control. 2017 Oct 01; 45(10):1081-1085.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28629753.
     
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