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photo Brooke K. Decker, MD

Infectious Diseases

Director, Infection Prevention, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System


Phone: 412-360-1696

Office: University Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15240
Phone: 412-360-1696
Fax: 412-360-6310
Education and Training
MD, Case Western Reserve University, 2007
Internal Medicine Residence, Case Medical Center, 2007
Critical Care/Infectious Diseases Combined Fellowship, National Institutes of Health, 2010
Research Interest
As Director of Infection Prevention at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Dr. Decker is most interested in the epidemiology of hospital­associated infections, transmission of resistant organisms, and prevention of hospital waterborne, infections including Legionnaire's Disease.
Clinical Interest
Tasked with preventing infections in a tertiary care VA with transplant patients, Dr. Decker's "day job" is preventing device-associated infections such as CLABSI, CAUTI, and VAP through education, multidisciplinary team work and evaluation of new techniques and products. She is heavily involved in the water safety program at VA Pittsburgh and interfaces frequently with Quality and Patient Safety, Facilities Management, Environmental Management Service, and front-line clinical staff and patients. As a member of the Infectious Diseases Department, she provides clinical Infectious Diseases consultation at the VA Pittsburgh.
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Selected Publications:
Decker BK, Palmore TN. The role of water in healthcare-associated infections. Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases. 2013; 26(4): 345-51.
Decker BK, Palmore TN. Universal decolonization was better than MRSA screening and isolation for preventing nosocomial ICU infections. Annals of Internal Medicine. 2013; 159(6): JC4.
Decker BK, Palmore. Waterborne pathogen detection: more than just “location, location, location…”. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2014; 35(2): 130-1.
Decker BK, Palmore TN. Hospital Water and Opportunities for Infection Prevention. Current Infectious Disease Reports. 2014; 16(10): 432.
Decker BK. Colistin dosing without pharmacokinetic data: the relic of a bygone era. Critical Care Medicine. 2015; 43(6): 1331-2.
Decker B, Masur H. Bad bugs, no drugs: are we part of the problem, or leaders in developing solutions?. Critical Care Medicine. 2015; 43(6): 1153-5.
Decker BK, Clancy CJ. Culture positivity and bacterial burden thresholds for Legionella in hospital water: Proceed with caution. American Journal of Infection Control. 2016.
Notable Achievements
SHEA Trainee Award, 2014
VA Secretary Coin Recognition, 2015
VA Pittsburgh Physician of the Year, 2016
SHEA Top Poster Abstract Award, 2016