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KC Coffey, MD, MPH

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

Education and Training

  • Boston University, BA, English, 2003
  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, MPH, 2006
  • Tulane University School of Medicine, MD, 2012
  • University of Virginia School of Medicine, Residency, Internal Medicine, 2015
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Fellowship, Infectious Disease, 2017
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Fellowship, Medical Microbiology, 2018


Dr. Coffey is an infectious disease physician and Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Maryland Healthcare System. She is also an assistant professor in the Division of Genomic Epidemiology and Clinical Outcomes within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She received a Master of Public Health in International Health and Development from Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. She has been actively engaged in the COVID-19 response and served as Subject Matter Expert to the VA Incident Command. Dr. Coffey is board certified in Medical Microbiology as well as Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine. Her interests include: diagnostic stewardship, antibiotic stewardship, and prevention of healthcare associated infections. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

diagnostic stewardship, antimicrobial stewardship, Clostridoides difficile infection, infection prevention, hospital epidemiology

Highlighted Publications

Coffey KC, Malani P, Morgan DJ. Preventing Transmission of SARS-CoV-2 During College Football Games. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(10):e2135592. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.35592

Coffey KC, Diekema DJ, Morgan DJ. Interpreting SARS-CoV-2 Test Results. JAMA.
2021 Oct 19;326(15):1528-1529. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.16146. PMID: 34533581.

Baghdadi JD, Coffey KC, Adediran T, Goodman KE, Pineles L, Magder LS, O'Hara
LM, Pineles BL, Nadimpalli G, Morgan DJ, Harris AD. Antibiotic Use and Bacterial
Infection among Inpatients in the First Wave of COVID-19: a Retrospective Cohort
Study of 64,691 Patients. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2021 Oct
18;65(11):e0134121. doi: 10.1128/AAC.01341-21. Epub 2021 Sep 7. PMID: 34491806;
PMCID: PMC8522758.

Morgan DJ, Coffey KC. Shorter Courses of Antibiotics for Urinary Tract
Infection in Men. JAMA. 2021 Jul 27;326(4):309-310. doi:
10.1001/jama.2021.11120. PMID: 34313705.


Additional Publication Citations

Kim JJ, Coffey KC, Morgan DJ, Roghmann MC. Nursing home visitation restrictions during COVID-19-Balancing compassion and safety. Am J Infect Control. 2021 Mar;49(3):407. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.12.018. PMID: 33640112; PMCID: PMC7904469.

Mody L, Akinboyo IC, Babcock HM, Bischoff WE, Cheng VC, Chiotos K, Claeys KC,
Coffey KC, Diekema DJ, Donskey CJ, Ellingson KD, Gilmartin HM, Gohil SK, Harris
AD, Keller SC, Klein EY, Krein SL, Kwon JH, Lauring AS, Livorsi DJ, Lofgren ET,
Merrill K, Milstone AM, Monsees EA, Morgan DJ, Perri LP, Pfeiffer CD, Rock C,
Saint S, Sickbert-Bennett E, Skelton F, Suda KJ, Talbot TR, Vaughn VM, Weber DJ,
Wiemken TL, Yassin MH, Ziegler MJ, Anderson DJ; SHEA Research Committee.
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) research agenda for healthcare epidemiology.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2021 Jan 25:1-11. doi: 10.1017/ice.2021.25. Epub
ahead of print. PMID: 33487199; PMCID: PMC8160487.

Kim JJ, Coffey KC, Morgan DJ, Roghmann MC. Lessons learned - Outbreaks of
COVID-19 in nursing homes. Am J Infect Control. 2020 Oct;48(10):1279-1280. doi:
10.1016/j.ajic.2020.07.028. Epub 2020 Jul 31. PMID: 32739235; PMCID: PMC7392952.

Trivedi KK, Bartash R, Letourneau AR, Abbo L, Fleisher J, Gagliardo C, Kelley
S, Nori P, Rieg GK, Silver P, Srinivasan A, Vargas J, Ostrowsky B; Partnership
for Quality Care (PQC) Inpatient Antimicrobial Stewardship Working Group.
Opportunities to Improve Antibiotic Appropriateness in U.S. ICUs: A Multicenter
Evaluation. Crit Care Med. 2020 Jul;48(7):968-976. doi:
10.1097/CCM.0000000000004344. PMID: 32317600.

Simmons RP, Dudzinski DM, Shepard JO, Hurtado RM, Coffey KC. Case 16-2019: A
53-Year-Old Man with Cough and Eosinophilia. N Engl J Med. 2019 May
23;380(21):2052-2059. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcpc1900595. PMID: 31116923.

Turbett SE, Anahtar MN, Pattanayak V, Azar MM, Coffey KC, Eng G, Rudolf JW,
Lewandrowski KB, Baron J, Rosenberg ES, Branda JA. Use of Routine Complete Blood
Count Results to Rule Out Anaplasmosis Without the Need for Specific Diagnostic
Testing. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Mar 3;70(6):1215-1221. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciz346.
PMID: 31044232; PMCID: PMC7346887.

Paras ML, Hyle EP, Foreman RK, Coffey KC. Case 14-2018: A 68-Year-Old Woman
with a Rash, Hyponatremia, and Uveitis. N Engl J Med. 2018 May
10;378(19):1825-1833. doi: 10.1056/NEJMcpc1800337. PMID: 29742372.

Kassaza K, Operario DJ, Nyehangane D, Coffey KC, Namugosa M, Turkheimer L,
Ojuka P, Orikiriza P, Mwanga-Amumpaire J, Byarugaba F, Bazira J, Guler JL, Moore
CC, Boum Y 2nd. Detection of Plasmodium Species by High-Resolution Melt Analysis
of DNA from Blood Smears Acquired in Southwestern Uganda. J Clin Microbiol. 2017
Dec 26;56(1):e01060-17. doi: 10.1128/JCM.01060-17. PMID: 29046412; PMCID:

Cincotta MC, Coffey KC, Moonah SN, Uppal D, Hughes MA. Case Report of
Granulicatella adiacens as a Cause of Bacterascites. Case Rep Infect Dis.
2015;2015:132317. doi: 10.1155/2015/132317. Epub 2015 Nov 4. PMID: 26618012;
PMCID: PMC4649103.

Coffey KC. Is there a role for expired medications in developing countries?
Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2013 Jan;52(1):7-9. doi: 10.1177/0009922812448956. Epub
2012 Jun 4. PMID: 22669979.

Coffey KC, Carroll VG, Steele RW. Ring-enhancing central nervous system
lesions. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2012 Dec;51(12):1115-8. doi:
10.1177/0009922812448955. Epub 2012 Jun 4. PMID: 22669978.