Christopher Graber, MD MPH, FIDSA, is a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a faculty member of the Infectious Diseases Section at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. He is Program Director of the UCLA Multicampus Fellowship in Infectious Diseases and medical director of the antimicrobial stewardship program at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. His research interests are cognitive support for antimicrobial decision-making and implementation of antimicrobial stewardship initiatives.
VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
11301 Wilshire Blvd, 111-F
Los Angeles, CA 90073
My research is a direct extension of my clinical work, which involves directing the VA GLA antimicrobial stewardship program and infectious diseases telemedicine program, co-directing our outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy program, and participating in developing national stewardship initiatives as a part of the Metrics and Innovations Workgroup and Research-Operations Collaborative Workgroup of the VA Antimicrobial Stewardship Task Force.
Current projects include expansion of an “antibiotic time out” for broad-spectrum antimicrobial use, analysis of antimicrobial stewardship activites, and development of cognitive support tools for stewardship at individual VA facilities nationwide as well as local implementation of a project to reduce treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria. Prior projects that I have completed at GLA (typically with trainees) include analyses of potential nephrotoxicity associated with elevated vancomycin trough levels, the impact of ertapenem’s addition to our formulary on antmicrobial usage and resistance patterns in nosocomial Enterobacteriaceae and Pseudomonas isolates, the effectiveness and cost savings of our outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy program, and reviews of the clinical and microbiologic relevance of antibiotic pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics and antibiotic options for infections caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae.
Dr. Graber attended the University of Virginia as an undergraduate, where he was captain of the varsity swimming and diving team and competed in the 1992 and 1996 United States Olympic Trials. He went on to graduate from the University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School in 2001 and completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Washington in 2004. He was chief resident at the Seattle VA Medical Center from 2004-2005. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA and the VA Greater Los Angeles in January 2008, Dr. Graber completed his infectious diseases fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco and a Masters of Public Health degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Berkeley.
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