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Lyndsay M. O'Hara, PhD, MPH

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-0068

Education and Training

  • University of Western Ontario, B.Sc., Cell Biology and Anatomy, 2006
  • University of British Columbia, M.P.H., 2011
  • University of British Columbia, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Certificate in Infection Prevention and Control, 2012
  • University of British Columbia, Ph.D., Population and Public Health (Epidemiology), 2016
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, 2018

Research/Clinical Keywords

Hospital epidemiology and infection control, epidemiologic methods in infectious diseases, transmission of multidrug-resistant organisms, emerging pathogens, health of healthcare workers, global health

Highlighted Publications

Matuka O, Singh TS, Bryce E, Yassi A, Kgasha O, Zungu M, Kyaw K, Malotle M, Renton K, O'Hara L. Pilot study to detect airborne Mycobacterium tuberculosis exposure in a South African public healthcare facility outpatient clinic. Journal of Hospital Infection. 2015 Mar 1;89(3):192-6.
O’Hara LM, Yassi A, Bryce EA, Engelbrecht MC, Janse van Rensburg A, Zungu M, Nophale LE, FitzGerald JM. Infection control and tuberculosis in health workers: An assessment of 28 hospitals in Free State, South Africa. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2017 Mar 1;21(3):320-326.

O’Hara LM, Morgan DJ, Pineles L, Li S, Sulis C, Bowling J, Drees M, Jacob J, Anderson D, Warren D, Harris AD. Is There a Correlation Between Infection Control Performance and Other Hospital Quality Measures? Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2017 Apr 5:1-4. doi: 10.1017/ice.2017.27.

O’Hara LM, Masnick M, Leekha S, Jackson SS, Blanco N, Harris AD. Indirect vs. direct standardization methods for reporting healthcare-associated infections: An analysis of central line-associated bloodstream infections in Maryland. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2017 June: 1-4.

O’Hara LM, Zungu M, Malotle MM, Barker SJ, Darwin L, Bryce EA, FitzGerald JM, Yassi A. The neglected burden of tuberculosis among healthcare workers in Free State, South Africa: A decade long cohort study. BMC Infectious Diseases. 2017 Aug 7;17(1):547.

Alsaggaf R, O’Hara LM, Stafford K, Leekha S, Harris AD. Quasi-Experimental Studies in the Fields of Infection Control and Antibiotic Resistance, 10 Years Later: A Systematic Review for the CDC Prevention Epicenter Program. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2018;39(2):170-17.

O’Hara LM, Thom KA, Preas MA. Update to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) Guideline for the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection, 2017: A summary, review and strategies for implementation. American Journal of Infection Control. 2018 Mar 7.

Blanco N, O’Hara LM, Robinson GL, Brown J, Heil E, Brown CH, Stump BD, Sigler BW, Belani A, Miller HL, Chiplinski AN, Perlmutter R, Wilson L, Morgan DJ, Leekha S. Healthcare worker perceptions toward computerized clinical decision support tools for Clostridium difficile infection reduction.  American Journal of Infection Control. 2018 May 24.

Stockton DJ, O’Hara LM, O’Hara NN, Lefaivre KA, O’Brien PJ, Slobogean GP. High rate of reoperation and conversion to total hip arthroplasty after internal fixation of young femoral neck fractures: a population-based study of 796 patients. Acta orthopaedica. 2019 Jan 2;90(1):21-5.

Blanco N, O’Hara LM, Harris AD. Transmission pathways of multidrug-resistant organisms in the hospital setting: a scoping review. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2019 Mar 6:1-0.

O’Hara LM, Caturegli I, O’Hara NN, O’Toole RV, Dalury DF, Harris AD, Manson TT. What publicly available quality metrics do hip and knee arthroplasty patients care about most when selecting a hospital in Maryland: a discrete choice experiment. BMJ open. 2019 May 1;9(5):e028202.

O’Hara LM, Blanco N, Leekha S, Stafford KA, Slobogean GP, Ludeman E, Harris AD, CDC Prevention Epicenters Program. Design, implementation, and analysis considerations for cluster-randomized trials in infection control and hospital epidemiology: A systematic review. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2019 Jun;40(6):686-92.

O’Hara LM, Calfee DP, Miller LG, Pineles L, Magder LS, Johnson JK, Morgan DJ, Harris AD. Optimizing contact precautions to curb the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in hospitals: a multicenter cohort study to identify patient characteristics and healthcare personnel interactions associated with transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2019 Sep 13;69(Supplement_3):S171-7.

Grants and Contracts

Canadian Institutes for Health Research Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipient