Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH

Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH

Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, School of Medicine

Dr. Babcock is BJC Healthcare vice president and chief quality officer with the BJC Center for Clinical Excellence. She is responsible for BJC quality programs, including oversight of BJC-wide measurement systems and quality improvement initiatives. She also has physician executive responsibility for BJC patient safety and infection prevention efforts and occupational health. Dr. Babcock is also a member of the CDC Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee.

Dr. Babcock develops responses to emerging and resurgent infectious threats in healthcare settings. She teaches medical students, residents, and infectious disease fellows through coursework, didactic lecture series, and clinical experiences.

Dr. Babcock’s two main areas of interest are infection prevention and occupational health, specifically related to healthcare workers. She has studied needlestick injury rates and preventive measures among healthcare workers, prevention of ventilator-associated complications in ICU patients, healthcare associated infection surveillance strategies, and the clinical presentation of influenza among hospitalized patients, to better define clinical criteria for screening and isolation.

Her clinical work focuses primarily on orthopedic infections including diabetic foot infections, prosthetic joint infections and post-traumatic hardware associated infections.