Tom Talbot


  • Fellow, Division of Infectious Diseases – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Resident Physician, Osler Medical Service – Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
  • Master of Public Health – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Doctor of Medicine – Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
  • Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences – Duke University, Durham, NC

Honors and Awards:

  • SHEA Investigator Award, 2013
  • SHEA Barry Farr Award (for the Paper “Sustained Improvement in Hand Hygiene Adherence: Utilizing Shared Accountability and Financial Incentives”), 2014
  • APIC Program of Distinction, VUMC Infection Prevention, 2017-2019

Recent Speaking Engagements:

  • “Creating an Infection Control Risk Assessment for Devices,” IDWeek 2017, San Diego, CA, October 7, 2017.
  • “Improving Healthcare Personnel Vaccine Uptake – moving beyond influenza,” IDWeek 2017, San Diego, CA, October 6, 2017.
  • “From Worst to Best: An SSI Journey” with C. Kildgore and B. Martin. Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN) Executive Leadership Summitt, Boston, MA, April 2, 2017.
  • “Occupational Infection Prevention,” SHEA 2017 Conference Science Guiding Prevention, St. Louis, MO, March 31, 2017.
  • “The Hospital Epidemiologist as a Clinician Educator,” SHEA 2017 Conference Science Guiding Prevention, St.Louis, MO, March 31, 2017.
  • “Colistin Resistance in Humans and Animals,” SHEA 2017 Conference Science Guiding Prevention, St. Louis, MO, March 30, 2017.
  • “Healthcare Epidemiology & Antibiotic Stewardship at VUMC: History and Opportunities for Collaboration,” Division of Epidemiology Grand Rounds, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, February 28, 2017.
  • “Reducing Healthcare‐Associated Infections at VUMC,” Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research Scholarly Series, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, January 25, 2017.

Professional Organizations:

  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), 1999-present
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), 2002–present
  • Chairman, Task Force on Healthcare Worker Influenza Vaccination, SHEA, 2005 and 2010
  • Member, APIC Annual Conference Committee, 2007–2010
  • Chair, SHEA Education Committee, 2010–2012
  • Chair, American Society for Microbiology, Division L, 2013‐2014; Councilor, 2014‐2015
  • Councilor, Board of Trustees, SHEA, 2013‐2014
  • Member, SHEA Education and Research Foundation Board, 2013‐2016
  • Member, SHEA Spring Meeting Planning Committee, 2014‐2017
  • Chair, SHEA 2016 Spring Meeting, 2015‐2016
  • Member, IDWeek Planning Committee, 2018‐2020

Recent Publications/Reviews:

  • Nicholson MR, Freswick P, DiPentima MC, Wang L, Edwards KM, Wilson GJ, Talbot TR. The Use of a Computerized Provider Order Entry Alert to Decrease Rates of Clostridium difficile Testing in Young Pediatric Patients. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:542‐546.
  • Spires SS, Talbot HK, Pope C, and Talbot TR. Paramyxovirus outbreak in a long‐term care facility: The challenges of implementing infection control practices in a congregate setting. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:399‐404.
  • Yarbrough MI, Ficken ME, Lehmann CU, Talbot TR, Swift MD, McGown PW, Wheaton RF, Bruer M, Little SW, Oke CA. Respirator Use in a Hospital Setting: Establishing Surveillance Metrics. J Intern Soc Resp Protection 2016;33:1‐11.
  • Klausing BT, Tillman SD, Wright PW, Talbot TR. The Impact of Contaminated Urine Cultures in the Inpatient and Emergency Department Settings. Amer J Infect Control 2016;44:1166‐67.
  • Harris PNA, Wei JY, Shen AW, Abdile AA, Paynter S, Huxley RR, Pandeya N, Doi Y, Huh K, O’Neal CS,Talbot TR, Paterson DL. Carbapenems versus alternative antibiotics for the treatment of bloodstream infections caused by Enterobacter, Citrobacter or Serratia spp.: a systematic review with meta‐analysis. J Antimicrob Chemo 2016;71:296+.
  • Gregg JR, Lai C, Dmochowski R, Talbot TR, Barocas DA. Recent Antibiotic Treatment Increases the Risk of Post‐outpatient Cystoscopy Urinary Tract Infection. Urol Practice 2016;3:90‐96.
  • Talbot TR, Carr DS, Parmley CL, Martin BJ, Gray BE, Ambrose AM, Starmer JM. Sustained Reduction of Ventilator‐Associated Pneumonia Rates Using Real‐Time Course Correction with a Ventilator Bundle Compliance Dashboard. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;36:1261‐7.
  • Kaye KS, Anderson DJ, Cook E, Huang SS, Siegel JD, Zuckerman JM, Talbot TR. Guidance for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology Programs: Healthcare Epidemiologist Skills and Competencies. Updated 5/3/2017. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015;36:369‐80.