Welcome back to Iowa, Mike!

There has been so much going on lately—a tragic Ebola outbreak, the spread of EV-68, the release of the PCAST report—that we’ve simply not been able to keep up on the blogging front. We do have day jobs, after all, which brings me to the point of this post: welcoming Mike Edmond back to Iowa, where he’s now Chief Quality Officer at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. 

Mike and I trained together at Iowa two decades ago, and 5 years ago we decided to start this blog as a way to provide timely opinions about current controversies in hospital infection prevention. One of my first posts referenced a JAMA editorial penned by Eli Perencevich, and within the year Eli had settled in at Iowa and joined the blog

I guess this site has some kind of gravitational pull, because we’re now all colleagues here in Iowa City. Although Iowa City is the center of the universe, we’re aware that we need to solicit guest posts from elsewhere to prevent our blog from becoming, well, too corny. So please, if you have something you wish to get off your chest about HAI prevention, feel free to email one of us about contributing a guest post.

One advantage of hiring Mike, I should point out, is that we’re saving money on white coats—the image below is a requisition that I signed earlier today, as the ID division director at Iowa. Once I noticed what the requisition was for, I quickly cancelled it, knowing how Mike feels about the white coat….


  1. Congratulations!
    Such an unfair distribution of brain power!

  2. Thanks Dan! It is great to be back. This is an amazingly good place. For sure, there are more healthcare epidemiologists per capita in Iowa City than anywhere in the world. I count 8 with possibly a 9th coming in the near future.

  3. Oh My Goodness!!! Wonderful! What a powerhouse department!!!

  4. Congrats! Pretty impressive group you've got there.


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