White House Author
Marion Kainer MD MPH
Dr. Kainer is an infectious diseases physician and epidemiologist. She is the Director of the Healthcare-Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program at the Tennessee Department of Health. She and her team work to make healthcare safer by reducing infections and preventing the emergence and spread of resistant bacteria. Her clinical acumen, epidemiologic skills, leadership and actions during Tennessee’s fungal infection outbreak in 2012 due to contaminated steroids protected the public’s health and saved lives. Her team’s efforts led to swiftly identifying this unusual infection and the rapid development of a communication and tracking system to monitor infections nationwide. Lives were saved not only by quickly determining the cause of the outbreak and halting the contaminated injections, but also by tracking down every affected patient and getting effective treatment to the sick without delay. The Affordable Care Act’s Prevention and Public Health Fund supports Dr. Kainer’s work through the Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grant Program.