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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Infectious Disease Specialist on Top Magazine's Expert List

July 7, 2010

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Rabih O. Darouiche, M.D. PHOTO: Bobbi Gruner

HOUSTON – Rabih O. Darouiche, M.D., a staff physician at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, is one of 21 persons selected for the annual, national list of "2010 Who's Who in Infection Prevention" by Infection Control Today magazine.

“I am very pleased with this recognition of one of our physicians by such a prominent publication,” said J. Kalavar, M.D., Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center chief of staff. “Dr. Darouiche has made remarkable contributions in the field of preventing healthcare-acquired infections.”

Listed as one of the best doctors in the nation in the field of infectious disease and physical medicine and rehabilitation by the medical knowledge company, Best Doctors, Inc., Darouiche, a VA Distinguished Service Professor, is the founder and director of the Center for Prostheses Infection at Baylor College of Medicine. He was the first author on two prospective, randomized, multi-center clinical trials that were published in the New England Journal of Medicine and have affected the standard of care practices for prevention of catheter-related bloodstream infections and surgical site infections.

On a national level, Darouiche is also the founder and director of the Multidisciplinary Alliance Against Device-Related Infections which holds annual meetings to foster education, research, and better quality of care. Internationally renowned for his work on infection prevention, he is one of the inventors of an innovative antibacterial envelope for surgical implants and has given more than 60 lectures overseas.

For 14 years, Infection Control Today magazine has served as the infection prevention and control industry’s source for information in this rapidly evolving field. As the demands placed on infection preventionists escalate, this publication delivers the timely, relevant practice guidance these professionals need to protect their institution, their patients, and their fellow healthcare workers, and to eliminate healthcare-acquired infections.

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 Awarded the Robert W. Carey Circle of Excellence Quality Award in 2007 and re-designation for Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing Services in 2008, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center serves as the primary health care provider for more than 120,000 veterans in southeast Texas. Veterans from around the country are referred to the MEDVAMC for specialized diagnostic care, radiation therapy, surgery, and medical treatment including cardiovascular surgery, gastrointestinal endoscopy, nuclear medicine, ophthalmology, and treatment of spinal cord injury and diseases. The MEDVAMC is home to a Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinic; a Network Polytrauma Center; an award-winning Cardiac and General Surgery Program; a Liver Transplant Center; a VA Epilepsy Center of Excellence; a Health Services Research & Development Center of Excellence; a VA Rehabilitation Research of Excellence focusing on mild to moderate traumatic brain injury; and one of the VA’s six Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Centers. Including the outpatient clinics in Beaumont, Conroe, Lufkin, Galveston, and Texas City, MEDVAMC outpatient clinics logged almost one million outpatient visits in fiscal year 2009. For the latest news releases and information about the MEDVAMC, visit www.houston.va.gov.