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Louise-Marie Dembry

Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases); Director, Hospital Epidemiology VA CT Healthcare System

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Louise-Marie Dembry, MD, FACP, MS, MBA

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Mailing Address

  • Infectious Diseases

    PO Box 208056, 333 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8056

    United States



Dr. Dembry is Professor of Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology at Yale University. She was the Yale-New Haven Hospital (YNHH) Associate Director and Director of Hospital Epidemiology from 1993-2015. She is currently Director of Hospital Epidemiology for the VA CT Healthcare System. She has held multiple hospital leadership positions at both YNHH and the VA CT Healthcare System. She was President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and Board Chairperson in 2016 and serves as the SHEA liaison to CDC's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC). She is a member of the Connecticut Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee appointed by the Commissioner of Public Health and is a member of the CT DPH HAI Multidisciplinary Antimicrobial Resistance Advisory Group. Her main interests include 1) the prevention and control of transmission of antibiotic resistant organisms in healthcare settings, 2) patient safety, 3) healthcare facility preparedness for high consequence infections and 4) training and education for hospital epidemiology and public health emergencies.

Education & Training

  • MBA
    University of New Haven (2008)
  • Fellow
    Wayne State University Hospitals (1993)
  • Chief Resident
    Wayne State University (1990)
  • Resident
    Wayne State University (1989)
  • MD
    Wayne State University (1986)
  • MS
    Wayne State University, Biology (1981)
  • BS
    University of Michigan, Zoology (1980)


  • Teaching healthcare epidemiology
    Jimma, Ethiopia 2008
  • Infection Control Policies and Practices in China
    China 2007
    These professors are conducting a policy analysis to understand how guidelines for infection control differ in China, followed by an empirical study to assess current infection control practices in the hospital setting, and we are developing a set of recommendations for enhancing existing infection control policies and practices in these areas.
  • SARS Infection Prevention
    Toronto, Canada 2003

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
50 Experts Leading the Field of Patient SafetyBecker's Hospital Review2015
Charles G. Huntington III AwardConnecticut Public Health Association2014

Professional Service

CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC)SHEA Liaison2017 - 2021
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of AmericaEducation and Research Foundation (Chair, 2017)2017 - 2019
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of AmericaConflict of Interest Committee2017 - 2018
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of AmericaNominations Committee (Chair)2017
IDWeekIDWeek Planning Committee2014 - 2016
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of AmericaVice President (2014), President Elect (2015), President (2016), Past President (2017)2014 - 2017
American Hospital AssociationClinical Advisory Panel on Healthcare Associated Conditions2011
Agency for Healthcare Quality and ResearchNational Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality2010 - 2012
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of AmericaSHEA Board of Directors; Treasurer2010 - 2012
CT Department of Public HealthCommittee on Healthcare Acquired Infections (voting member)2006 - Present
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of AmericaPublications Committee (Chair, 2007-2010)2006 - 2013
American Society of MicrobiologyCouncilor, Division L2005 - 2009
Agency for Healthcare Quality and ResearchCouncil of Partners, Partnerships for Quality (Chair, Subcommittee on Implementation Strategies, 11/2003-9/2006)2003 - 2006
CT Department of Public HealthReportable Diseases Advisory Committee2002 - Present

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