Jennie H. Kwon, DO, an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has been named head of the Society of Healthcare Epidemiologists of America (SHEA) Research Committee.
Kwon’s clinical and translational research is dedicated to infection prevention and combating antimicrobial resistance. Her lab focuses on novel strategies to reduce infections acquired by patients and health-care workers and to limit the spread of dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Her work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and various foundations.
SHEA represents physicians and other health-care professionals focused on infection prevention and antibiotic stewardship.
About Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis:
Washington University School of Medicine is committed to advancing human health in a culture that supports diversity, inclusion, critical thinking and creativity. As international leaders in patient care, research and education, our outstanding faculty has contributed major discoveries and innovations in the fields of science and clinical medicine since the school’s founding in 1891.
A robust research enterprise, the School of Medicine received more than $762.3 million in faculty grants and contracts during the 2021 fiscal year. Their faculty, staff and students advance the application of research discoveries to clinical care through multidisciplinary collaborations.
About Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MSCI:
Jennie H. Kwon, DO, MS is a transplant infectious diseases attending, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Associate Hospital Epidemiologist, Vice Chair of the SHEA Research Committee, and member of the IDSA Research Committee.
Dr. Kwon specializes in clinical and translational research with a focus on antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention. Dr. Kwon’s Lab is dedicated to combatting antimicrobial resistance and explores novel methods to detect, prevent, and treat antimicrobial resistance. Her research is funded by the NIH, CDC, AHRQ, and multiple foundations. Dr. Kwon attends on the transplant ID service, teaching fellows, residents, and students.
Dr. Kwon is currently mentoring undergraduates, postdoctoral researchers, graduate students, fellows, and residents in antimicrobial resistance and infection prevention research. The highlight of Dr. Kwon’s Lab is providing trainees with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities necessary to reach their individual goals. She works with each of her mentees to understand their goals, and together, they create an individualized career development plan to help mentee reach their potential. She has successfully mentored students in bioengineering, medicine, infectious diseases, and microbiology. Dr. Kwon is committed to her mentees, and views the mentor-mentee relationship as one of the greatest joys in her work.