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Kerri A. Thom, MD, MS, M.S.

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Primary Appointment:

Epidemiology & Public Health

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Administrative Title:

Associate Dean for Student Affairs


Bressler, M-021

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Education and Training

Dr. Thom received her M.D. from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She then completed her internal medicine residency and infectious disease fellowship at the University of Maryland Medical Center and the Baltimore VA Medical Center. She received her M.S. in Epidemiology and Clinical Research from the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 


Dr. Thom is an infectious disease physician, educator and clinical investigator. She joined the SOM faculty in 2008 and is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Epidemiology and Public Health and Medicine. Dr. Thom is deeply committed to medical student education and actively involved in curriculum development and renewal. She is currently the Assisstant Dean for Student Research and Education and directs the Office of Student Research. In addition, she is a member of the School of Medicine's Office of Student Affairs where she serves as medical student advisor.  

Research/Clinical Keywords

Infection Prevention, Infectious Disease Transmission, Antimicrobial Resistance, Epidemiology, Clinical Research

Highlighted Publications

Thom K,  Tamma P, Harris A, Dzintars K, Morgan D, Li S, Pineles L, Srinivasan A, Avdic E, and Cosgrove S. Impact of a Prescriber-driven Antibiotic Time Out on Antibiotic Use in Hospitalized Patients. Clin Infect Dis, Dec 2018, epub ahed of print. PMCID: In Progress. 

Thom K, Rock C, Jackson S, Johnson JK, Srinivasan A, Magder L, Roghmann MC, Bonomo R, and Harris A.  Factors Leading to Transmission Risk of Acinetobacter baumannii. In Press at Crit Care Med, November 2016. PMCID: PMC In Progress

Haac B, Rock C, Harris A, Pineles L, Stein D, Scalea T, Hu P, Hagegeorge G, Liang S and Thom K. Hand Hygiene Compliance in the Setting of Trauma Resuscitation. J Acute Care Surg, August 2016, epub ahead of print. [NIH Public Access:  Not NIH Supported]

Harris A, Fleming B, Bromberg J, Rock P, Nkonge G, Emerick M, Harris-Williams M and Thom K. Surgical Site Infection after Renal Transplantation. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, April, 2015; 36:417. PMCID: PMC4367121

Barnes S, Morgan D, Harris A, Carling P, and Thom K. Preventing the Transmission of Multidrug-resistant Organisms (MDROs): Modeling the Relative Importance of Hand Hygiene and Environmental Cleaning Interventions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol, September 2014; 35:1156.  PMCID: PMC4204200


Additional Publication Citations

Research Interests

Dr. Thom's research interests include the epidemiology and transmission of multidrug-resistant gram negative pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention. She has a particular interest in the study of Acinetobacter baumannii, and other multidrug-resistant pathogens, in the healthcare settings. In addition, she studies strategies of infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship aimed at reducing the spread of infection in healthcare settings and the development of resistance. 

Grants and Contracts

Dr. Thom has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).


9/18 to 9/19    "Transmission of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria from Patient-to-Patient in Healthcare Setting and the Impact of Contact Precautions"  PI, CDC 

9/18 to 9/20    "Epicenters for the Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections" Co-Investigator, CDC 

8/15 to 5/19     “Removing barriers to hand hygiene and glove compliance:  evaluation of two novel, time-efficient interventions"  PI, AHRQ R01 

9/15 to 9/18    “Epicenters for the Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infections (HAI) Cycle II” Investigator, CDC EPICenter

7/16 to 7/18    “ESBL-producing Enterobacteriaceae in solid organ transplant recipients” Investigator, Antibacterial Resistance Leadership Group (ARLG)Fellowship

9/13 to 12/16  “Impact of Post-antibiotic Prescription Review on Antibiotic Use and Resistance: A Multi-site Cluster-randomized Crossover Trial", Co-PI CDC RFTOP

9/10 to 12/16  “Epidemiology of Acinetobacter baumannii: An Emerging Nosocomial Pathogen" NIH K23

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