William R. Jarvis

From 1980-2003, Dr. Jarvis worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in a number of leadership positions including Acting Director, Hospital Infections Program (HIP); Assistant Director for Program Development, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion (DHQP); and Director, Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, National Center for Infectious Diseases. He was responsible for the supervision of outbreaks and epidemiologic studies in healthcare settings and for the development of guidelines for the prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs).  He is the past president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and editor of Infection Control and Healthcare Epidemiology.  He is the Chairman of the Food and Drug Administration’s General Hospital and Personal Use Committee.  In July 2003, Dr. Jarvis established Jason and Jarvis Associates, LLC, a consulting company in epidemiology, infectious diseases, and HAI prevention and control.  Dr. Jarvis has published >400 peer-reviewed publications, edited six books, and has received numerous awards, including the CDC Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award and the CDC Lifetime Achievement Award in Epidemiology.