Kent A. Sepkowitz, MD

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MD, Oklahoma University College of Medicine
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Dr. Sepkowitz' research interests include hospital infection control and tuberculosis. He also serves as an advisor to the Director of the Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Infection Control

The Memorial Sloan Kettering infection control program is led by Dr. Sepkowitz and Janet Eagan, RN, MPH. The team also includes certified infection control nurses, an epidemiologist, research assistants, and an administrative assistant. Routine surveillance, outbreak investigation, and prevention of healthcare associated (nosocomial) infections among patients and staff are the core activities of the group. Current initiatives include development of novel approaches to prevention of healthcare associated infections, use of electronic data for surveillance of surgical site infection, and the application of molecular typing methods to routine infection control activities.

Infection Control Staff

  • Janet Eagan, RN, MPH, Manager, Infection Control
  • Eleanor Cappiello
  • Teresa Childers, MPH, Infection Control Surveillance Specialist
  • Ellen Dougherty, RN
  • Janice Kaplan, RN
  • Perminder Khosa
  • Katherine Roberts
  • Crystal Son, MPH, Epidemiologist
  • Susan Singh, MPH, Infection Control Surveillance Specialist
  • Shauna Usiak, MPH, Infection Control Assistant
Publications by Kent A. Sepkowitz

Clinical practice guideline for the use of antimicrobial agents in neutropenic patients with cancer: 2010 update by the infectious diseases society of america. Freifeld AG, Bow EJ, Sepkowitz KA, Boeckh MJ, Ito JI, Mullen CA, Raad II, Rolston KV, Young JA, Wingard JR. Clin Infect Dis. 2011 Feb;52(4):e56-93. [PubMed Abstract]

Rapidly growing mycobacteria infection in patients with cancer. Redelman-Sidi G, Sepkowitz KA. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Aug 15;51(4):422-34. [PubMed Abstract]

2009 H1N1 influenza infection in cancer patients and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. Redelman-Sidi G, Sepkowitz KA, Huang CK, Park S, Stiles J, Eagan J, Perlin DS, Pamer EG, Kamboj M. J Infect. 2010 Apr;60(4):257-63. Epub 2010 Feb 4. [PubMed Abstract]

SHEA guideline for management of healthcare workers who are infected with hepatitis B virus, hepatitis C virus, and/or human immunodeficiency virus. Henderson DK, Dembry L, Fishman NO, Grady C, Lundstrom T, Palmore TN, Sepkowitz KA, Weber DJ; Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010 Mar;31(3):203-32. [PubMed Abstract]

Undiagnosed HIV infection among New York City jail entrants, 2006: results of a blinded serosurvey. Begier EM, Bennani Y, Forgione L, Punsalang A, Hanna DB, Herrera J, Torian L, Gbur M, Sepkowitz KA, Parvez F. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2010 May 1;54(1):93-101. [PubMed Abstract]

Tomblyn M, Chiller T, Einsele H, Gress R, Sepkowitz K, Storek J, Wingard JR, Young JA, Boeckh MA. Guidelines for preventing infectious complications among hematopoietic cell transplantation recipients: a global perspective. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2009 Oct;15(10):1143-238. [PubMed Abstract]

Sepkowitz KA. Forever unprepared—the predictable unpredictability of pathogens. N Engl J Med. 2009 Jul 9;361(2):120-1. No abstract available.

Kamboj M, Sepkowitz KA. Nosocomial infections in patients with cancer. Lancet Oncol. 2009 Jun;10(6):589-97. Review. [PubMed Abstract]

Climo MW, Sepkowitz KA, Zuccotti G, Fraser VJ, Warren DK, Perl TM, Speck K, Jernigan JA, Robles JR, Wong ES. The effect of daily bathing with chlorhexidine on the acquisition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, vancomycin-resistant Enterococci, and healthcare-associated bloodstream infections: Results of a quasi-experimental multicenter trial* Crit Care Med. 2009 Jun;37(6):1858-65. [PubMed Abstract]

Morgan DJ, Diekema DJ, Sepkowitz K, Perencevich EN. Adverse outcomes associated with Contact Precautions: a review of the literature. Am J Infect Control. 2009 Mar;37(2):85-93. [PubMed Abstract]

Morgan DJ, Weisenberg SA, Augenbraun MH, Calfee DP, Currie BP, Furuya EY, Holzman R, Montecalvo MC, Phillips M, Polsky B, Sepkowitz KA. Multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in New York City - 10 years into the epidemic. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2009 Feb;30(2):196-7. [PubMed Abstract]

Mihu CN, Schaub J, Kesh S, Jakubowski A, Sepkowitz K, Pamer EG, Papanicolaou GA. Risk factors for late Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: a single-institution, nested case-controlled study. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2008 Dec;14(12):1429-33. [PubMed Abstract]

Kamboj M, Gerbin M, Huang CK, Brennan C, Stiles J, Balashov S, Park S, Kiehn TE, Perlin DS, Pamer EG, Sepkowitz KA. Clinical characterization of human metapneumovirus infection among patients with cancer. J Infect. 2008 Dec;57(6):464-71. [PubMed Abstract]

Kamboj M, Louie E, Kiehn T, Papanicolaou G, Glickman M, Sepkowitz K. Mycobacterium haemophilum infection after alemtuzumab treatment. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Nov;14(11):1821-3. [PubMed Abstract]

Chapman LE, Iskander JK, Chen RT, Neff J, Birkhead GS, Poland G, Gray GC, Siegel J, Sepkowitz K, Robertson RM, Yancy C, Guerra FA, Gardner P, Modlin JF, Maurer T, Berger T, Flanders WD, Shope R. A process for sentinel case review to assess causal relationships between smallpox vaccination and advserse outcomes. 2003-2004. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Mar 15;46 Suppl 3:S271-93. [PubMed Abstract]

Neff J, Modlin J, Birkhead GS, Poland G, Robertson RM, Sepkowitz K, Yancy C, Gardner P, Gray GC, Maurer T, Siegel J, Guerra FA, Berger T, Flanders WD, Shope R; Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices; Armed Forces Epidemiological Board. Monitoring the safety of a smallpox vaccination program in the United States: report of the joint Smallpox Vaccine Safety Working Group of the advisory committee on immunization practices and the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board. Clin Infect Dis. 2008 Mar 15;46 Suppl 3:S258-70. [PubMed Abstract]

Safdieh JE, Mead PA, Sepkowitz KA, Kiehn TE, Abrey LE. Bacterial and fungal meningitis in patients with cancer. Neurology. 2008; 70(12):943-7. [PubMed Abstract]

Symeonidis N, Jakubowski A, Pierre-Louis S, Jaffe D, Pamer E, Sepkowitz KA, O'Reilly RJ, Papanicolaou GA. Invasive adenoviral infections in T-cell-depleted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: high mortality in the era of cidofovir. Transpl Infect Dis. 2007; 9(2):108-13. [PubMed Abstract]

Almyroudis NG, Jakubowski A, Jaffe D, Sepkowitz KA, Pamer EG, O'Reilly RJ, Papanicolaou GA. Predictors for persistent cytomegalovirus reactivation after T-cell-depleted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Transpl Infect Dis. 2007; 9(4):286-94. [PubMed Abstract]

Kamboj M, Sepkowitz KA. Risk of transmission associated with live attenuated vaccines given to healthy persons caring for or residing with an immunocompromised patient. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2007; 28(6):702-7. [PubMedAbstract]

Burke RC, Sepkowitz KA, Bernstein KT, Karpati AM, Myers JE, Tsoi BW, Begier EM. Why don't physicians test for HIV? A review of the US literature. AIDS. 2007; 21(12):1617-1624. [PubMed Abstract]

Myers JE, Henning KJ, Frieden TR, Larson K, Begier B, Sepkowitz KA. Written consent for human immunodeficiency virus testing. Public Health Rep. 2007; 122(4):433-434. [PubMed Abstract]

Freifeld AG, Sepkowitz KA, Martino P, Steven N, Billingham L, Cullen M, Baden LR. Antibacterial prophylaxis in patients with cancer and neutropenia. N Engl J Med. 2006; 354(1):90-4; author reply 90-94. [PubMed Abstract]

Tuma S, Sepkowitz KA. Efficacy of safety-engineered device implementation in the prevention of percutaneous injuries: a review of published studies. Clin Infect Dis. 2006; 42(8):1159-1170. [PubMed Abstract]

Kamboj M, Sepkowitz KA. The risk of tuberculosis in patients with cancer. Clin Infect Dis. 2006; 42(11):1592-5. [PubMed Abstract]

Koo DJ, Begier EM, Henn MH, Sepkowitz KA, Kellerman SE. HIV counseling and testing: less targeting, more testing. Am J Public Health. 2006; 96(6):962-964. [PubMed Abstract]

Sepkowitz KA. Health of the World's Roma population. Lancet. 2006; 267(9524):1707-1708. [PubMed Abstract]

Sepkowitz KA. One disease, two epidemics—AIDS at 25. N Engl J Med. 2006; 354(23):2411-2414. [PubMed Abstract]

Weinstock DM, Boeckh M, Sepkowitz KA. Postexposure prophylaxis against varicella zoster virus infection among hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2006; (10):1096-1097. [PubMed Abstract]

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