Key Note Speakers 2017 Bi-State Infectious Disease Conference


“Choosing Quality and Safety as a Career Passion: Looking at the Healthcare of Tomorrow”

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Denise Murphy, BJC Vice President of Patient Care Systems, is a registered nurse and holds a master’s degree in public health from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Maine. She is a member of multiple professional service organizations and is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a fellow of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. She is a recipient of many professional awards, including the Delaware Valley Patient Safety Leader award and the Carol DeMille Lifetime Achievement award in Infection Prevention and Control. She has been invited to lecture at health care conferences throughout the world and publishes frequently.



Dr. Paul Offit, MD

Vaccine Safety: The Real Issues”

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Dr. Paul A. Offit is Director of the Vaccine Education Center and professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He is the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Offit is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of virology and immunology, and was a member of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is a founding advisory board member of the Autism Science Foundation and the Foundation for Vaccine Research, a member of the Institute of Medicine and co-editor of the foremost vaccine text, Vaccines. Other accomplishments include publishing more than 150 papers in medical and scientific journals in the areas of rotavirus-specific immune responses and vaccine safety, and author of six medical narratives. He is also the co-inventor of the rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq®, recommended for universal use in infants by the CDC.



Dr. Steven Lawrence, MD

“Hot Topics in Emerging Illnesses”


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Dr. Steven Lawrence is an infectious disease specialist in Saint Louis, Missouri and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital. His research interests focus on human immune response to viral infections and vaccines, the epidemiology of infections in solid organ and hematopoietic transplant recipients, and emergency preparedness. Specific studies include antibody responses to vaccine-candidate proteins on the surface of vaccinia virus after smallpox vaccination, clinical trials of an inactivated VZV vaccine in immunocompromised patients, influenza epidemiology in renal and stem cell transplant recipients, and the impact of an influenza pandemic on ICU capacity.