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Westyn Branch-Elliman, M.D.

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2011
Travel Award
2012
Finalist
2012
First Place, Residents and Fellows Research Symposium
2013
Jonathan Freeman Scholarship
2013
Travel Award
2015
Investigator Award

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  1. Branch-Elliman W, Safdar N, Nelson R. Economic Considerations in Infectious Diseases Emergency Response Preparedness: It Is All about the Point of View. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 May 07. PMID: 32379858.
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  2. Strymish JM, O' Brien W, Itani K, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. What is the Primary Driver of Pre-Operative Vancomycin Use? It's Not MRSA-or Allergy. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Apr 27. PMID: 32337589.
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  3. Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Mull HJ, Schweizer ML, Barón AE, Ho PM, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. Development and Validation of a Semi-Automated Surveillance Algorithm for Cardiac Device Infections: Insights from the VA CART program. Sci Rep. 2020 Mar 24; 10(1):5276. PMID: 32210289.
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  4. Branch-Elliman W, Araujo-Castillo RV, Snyder GM, Sullivan BF, Alonso CD, Wright SB. Identification of a norovirus outbreak on a hematopoietic stem cell transplant unit and development and implementation of a novel infection prevention algorithm for controlling transmission. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2020 Feb 24; 1-5. PMID: 32091351.
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  5. Mull HJ, Stolzmann K, Kalver E, Shin MH, Schweizer ML, Asundi A, Mehta P, Stanislawski M, Branch-Elliman W. Novel methodology to measure pre-procedure antimicrobial prophylaxis: integrating text searches with structured data from the Veterans Health Administration's electronic medical record. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2020 01 30; 20(1):15. PMID: 32000780.
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  6. Lee MSL, Ramakrishna B, Moss AC, Gold HS, Branch-Elliman W. Successful treatment of fulminant Clostridioides difficile infection with emergent fecal microbiota transplantation in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia and prolonged, severe neutropenia. Transpl Infect Dis. 2020 Feb; 22(1):e13216. PMID: 31769569.
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  7. Branch-Elliman W, Gupta K, Rani Elwy A. Factors influencing uptake of evidence-based antimicrobial prophylaxis guidelines for electrophysiology procedures. Am J Infect Control. 2020 Jun; 48(6):668-674. PMID: 31806236.
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  8. Branch-Elliman W, O'Brien W, Gupta K. Ideal Total Joint Arthroplasty Antibiotic Prophylaxis Unknown-Reply. JAMA Surg. 2019 12 01; 154(12):1169. PMID: 31461137.
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  9. Gupta K, O'Brien W, Gallegos-Salazar J, Strymish J, Branch-Elliman W. How Testing Drives Treatment in Asymptomatic Patients: Level of Pyuria Directly Predicts Probability of Antimicrobial Prescribing. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Aug 30. PMID: 31504317.
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  10. Branch-Elliman W, Yassa DS, Wright SB. Oseltamivir prophylaxis for the prevention of influenza in healthy healthcare workers: Tolerability and compliance challenges. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 11; 40(11):1328-1329. PMID: 31426883.
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  11. Linsenmeyer K, Branch-Elliman W, Kalver E, Mull HJ. Surgical site infections in outpatient surgeries: Less invasive procedures contribute substantially to the overall burden. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 10; 40(10):1191-1193. PMID: 31426875.
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  12. Schrank GM, Snyder GM, Davis RB, Branch-Elliman W, Wright SB. The discontinuation of contact precautions for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus: Impact upon patient adverse events and hospital operations. BMJ Qual Saf. 2019 Jul 18. PMID: 31320496.
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  13. Branch-Elliman W, O'Brien W, Strymish J, Itani K, Wyatt C, Gupta K. Association of Duration and Type of Surgical Prophylaxis With Antimicrobial-Associated Adverse Events. JAMA Surg. 2019 07 01; 154(7):590-598. PMID: 31017647.
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  14. Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Baron AE, Mull HJ, Ho PM, Zimetbaum PJ, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. Real-world effectiveness of infection prevention interventions for reducing procedure-related cardiac device infections: Insights from the veterans affairs clinical assessment reporting and tracking program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 08; 40(8):855-862. PMID: 31159895.
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  15. Branch-Elliman W, Schweizer M. Real-world challenges in infection prevention: Differential implementation between stable and unstable patients may influence clinical effectiveness of interventions. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2019 06; 40(6):736-737. PMID: 30973120.
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  16. Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Dasinger EA, Gold HS, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Facility type and surgical specialty are associated with suboptimal surgical antimicrobial prophylaxis practice patterns: a multi-center, retrospective cohort study. Antimicrob Resist Infect Control. 2019; 8:49. PMID: 30886702.
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  17. Gallegos Salazar J, O'Brien W, Strymish JM, Itani K, Branch-Elliman W, Gupta K. Association of Screening and Treatment for Preoperative Asymptomatic Bacteriuria With Postoperative Outcomes Among US Veterans. JAMA Surg. 2019 03 01; 154(3):241-248. PMID: 30540346.
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  18. Dasinger EA, Branch-Elliman W, Pizer SD, Abdulkerim H, Rosen AK, Charns MP, Hawn MT, Itani KMF, Mull HJ. Association between postoperative opioid use and outpatient surgical adverse events. Am J Surg. 2019 04; 217(4):605-612. PMID: 30639132.
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  19. Michener A, Heath B, Crnich CJ, Moehring R, Schmader K, Mody L, Branch-Elliman W, Jump RLP. Infections in Older Adults: A Case-Based Discussion Series Emphasizing Antibiotic Stewardship. MedEdPORTAL. 2018 09 21; 14:10754. PMID: 30800954.
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  20. Asundi A, Stanislawski M, Mehta P, Barón AE, Gold H, Mull H, Ho PM, Gupta K, Branch-Elliman W. Prolonged antimicrobial prophylaxis following cardiac device procedures increases preventable harm: insights from the VA CART program. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 09; 39(9):1030-1036. PMID: 30226128.
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  21. Mull HJ, Gellad ZF, Gupta RT, Valle JA, Makarov DV, Silverman T, Branch-Elliman W. Factors Associated With Emergency Department Visits and Hospital Admissions After Invasive Outpatient Procedures in the Veterans Health Administration. JAMA Surg. 2018 08 01; 153(8):774-776. PMID: 29801049.
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  22. Schrank GM, Wright SB, Branch-Elliman W, LaSalvia MT. A retrospective analysis of adverse events among patients receiving daptomycin versus vancomycin during outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 08; 39(8):947-954. PMID: 29893658.
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  23. Branch-Elliman W, Snyder GM, King AD, Baldini LM, Dooley KM, Yassa DS, Wright SB. Correlation of Hand Hygiene Compliance Measured by Direct Observation with Estimates Obtained from Product Usage. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 06; 39(6):746-749. PMID: 29606156.
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  24. Branch-Elliman W, Ripollone J, O'Brien W, Itani K, Strymish J, Gupta K. Combination antimicrobial prophylaxis for hysterectomy: harm without the benefit? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 05; 218(5):536-537. PMID: 29409849.
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  25. Schrank G, Branch-Elliman W. Breaking the Chain of Infection in Older Adults: A Review of Risk Factors and Strategies for Preventing Device-Related Infections. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2017 12; 31(4):649-671. PMID: 29079154.
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  26. Pindyck T, Gupta K, Strymish J, Itani KM, Carter ME, Suo Y, Bessesen MT, Topkoff J, Steele AS, Barón AE, Gundlapalli AV, Branch-Elliman W. Validation of an electronic tool for flagging surgical site infections based on clinical practice patterns for triaging surveillance: Operational successes and barriers. Am J Infect Control. 2018 02; 46(2):186-190. PMID: 29031434.
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  27. Branch-Elliman W. A Roadmap for Reducing Cardiac Device Infections: a Review of Epidemiology, Pathogenesis, and Actionable Risk Factors to Guide the Development of an Infection Prevention Program for the Electrophysiology Laboratory. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2017 Aug 16; 19(10):34. PMID: 28815459.
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  28. Branch-Elliman W, Ripollone JE, O'Brien WJ, Itani KMF, Schweizer ML, Perencevich E, Strymish J, Gupta K. Risk of surgical site infection, acute kidney injury, and Clostridium difficile infection following antibiotic prophylaxis with vancomycin plus a beta-lactam versus either drug alone: A national propensity-score-adjusted retrospective cohort study. PLoS Med. 2017 Jul; 14(7):e1002340. PMID: 28692690.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  29. Mittenzwei SE, Topkoff JL, Bessesen MT, Porter CA, Rai GS, Branch-Elliman W. When Sterile Processing Goes Down: An Economic Analysis of Alternative Strategies for Supporting the Service. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 08; 38(8):1002-1004. PMID: 28625181.
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  30. Acuna-Villaorduna C, Branch-Elliman W, Strymish J, Gupta K. Active identification of patients who are methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonized is not associated with longer duration of vancomycin therapy. Am J Infect Control. 2017 Oct 01; 45(10):1081-1085. PMID: 28629753.
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  31. LaSalvia MT, Branch-Elliman W, Snyder GM, Mahoney MV, Alonso CD, Gold HS, Wright SB. Does Adjunctive Tigecycline Improve Outcomes in Severe-Complicated, Nonoperative Clostridium difficile Infection? Open Forum Infect Dis. 2017; 4(1):ofw264. PMID: 28480257.
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  32. Mehrotra P, Gupta K, Strymish J, Kramer DB, Lambert-Kerzner A, Ho PM, Branch-Elliman W. Implementation of Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship in Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories: Results from the SHEA Research Network. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2017 04; 38(4):496-498. PMID: 28103958.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  33. Kirby JE, Branch-Elliman W, LaSalvia MT, Longhi L, MacKechnie M, Urman G, Baldini LM, Muriel FR, Sullivan B, Yassa DS, Gold HS, Wagner TK, Diekema DJ, Wright SB. Investigation of a Candida guilliermondii Pseudo-outbreak Reveals a Novel Source of Laboratory Contamination. J Clin Microbiol. 2017 04; 55(4):1080-1089. PMID: 28100597.
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  34. Branch-Elliman W, Stanislawski M, Strymish J, Barón AE, Gupta K, Varosy PD, Gold HS, Ho PM. Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratories: A Potential Target for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Quality Improvement? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2016 09; 37(9):1005-11. PMID: 27322021.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Branch-Elliman W, Savor Price C, Bessesen MT, Perl TM. Using the Pillars of Infection Prevention to Build an Effective Program for Reducing the Transmission of Emerging and Reemerging Infections. Curr Environ Health Rep. 2015 Sep; 2(3):226-35. PMID: 26231500.
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  36. Branch-Elliman W, Wright SB, Howell MD. Determining the Ideal Strategy for Ventilator-associated Pneumonia Prevention. Cost-Benefit Analysis. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Jul 01; 192(1):57-63. PMID: 25871807.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  37. Branch-Elliman W, Strymish J, Kudesia V, Rosen AK, Gupta K. Natural Language Processing for Real-Time Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection Surveillance: Results of a Pilot Implementation Trial. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Sep; 36(9):1004-10. PMID: 26022228.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  38. Branch-Elliman W, Perumalswami P, Factor SH, Sled SM, Flamm SL. Rates of recurrent variceal bleeding are low with modern esophageal banding strategies: a retrospective cohort study. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2015; 50(9):1059-67. PMID: 25865440.
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  39. Branch-Elliman W, Savor Price C, McGeer A, Perl TM. Protecting the frontline: designing an infection prevention platform for preventing emerging respiratory viral illnesses in healthcare personnel. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Mar; 36(3):336-45. PMID: 25695176.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  40. Branch-Elliman W, Strymish J, Itani KM, Gupta K. Using clinical variables to guide surgical site infection detection: a novel surveillance strategy. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Dec; 42(12):1291-5. PMID: 25465259.
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  41. Branch-Elliman W, Strymish J, Gupta K. Development and validation of a simple and easy-to-employ electronic algorithm for identifying clinical methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2014 Jun; 35(6):692-8. PMID: 24799646.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  42. Branch-Elliman W, Robillard E, McCarthy G, Gupta K. Direct feedback with the ATP luminometer as a process improvement tool for terminal cleaning of patient rooms. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Feb; 42(2):195-7. PMID: 24485376.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  43. Branch-Elliman W, Lee GM, Gold HS, Golen TH, Baldini LM, Wright SB. Health and Economic Burden of Post-Partum Staphylococcus aureus Breast Abscess. PLOS ONE. 2013. View Publication.
  44. Branch-Elliman W, Lee GM, Golen TH, Gold HS, Baldini LM, Wright SB. Health and economic burden of post-partum Staphylococcus aureus breast abscess. PLoS One. 2013; 8(9):e73155. PMID: 24039877.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  45. Branch-Elliman W, Wright SB, Gillis JM, Howell MD. Estimated nursing workload for the implementation of ventilator bundles. BMJ Qual Saf. 2013 Apr; 22(4):357-61. PMID: 23431219.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Strymish J, Branch-Elliman W, Itani KM, Williams S, Gupta K. A clinical history of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a poor predictor of preoperative colonization status and postoperative infections. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2012 Nov; 33(11):1113-7. PMID: 23041809.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  47. Branch-Elliman W, Weiss D, Balter S, Bornschlegel K, Phillips M. Hepatitis C transmission due to contamination of multidose medication vials: summary of an outbreak and a call to action. Am J Infect Control. 2013 Jan; 41(1):92-4. PMID: 22632822.
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  48. Branch-Elliman W, Golen TH, Gold HS, Yassa DS, Baldini LM, Wright SB. Risk factors for Staphylococcus aureus postpartum breast abscess. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Jan 01; 54(1):71-7. PMID: 22052894.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  49. Walewski JL, Gutierrez JA, Branch-Elliman W, Stump DD, Keller TR, Rodriguez A, Benson G, Branch AD. Mutation Master: profiles of substitutions in hepatitis C virus RNA of the core, alternate reading frame, and NS2 coding regions. RNA. 2002 May; 8(5):557-71. PMID: 12022223.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
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