Alexis M. Elward, M.D., M.P.H.

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Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Infectious Diseases

phone: (314) 454-6050


  • BA, Loyola College1988
  • MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine1994
  • MPH, St. Louis University School of Public Health2006


  • Resident, St. Louis Children's Hospital1994 - 1997
  • Chief Resident, St. Louis Children's Hospital1997 - 1998
  • Fellow, Washington Uniersity School of Medicine1998 - 2001
  • Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification2006

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 1996 - PresMO, Physician and Surgeon
  • 1998American Board of Pediatrics (recertified 2005 and 2012)
  • 2001Pediatric Infectious Diseases Subspecialy Certificaton (recertified 2008)

Honors and Awards

  • National Merit Scholarship Finalist1984
  • Valedictorian, Martin Spalding High School, Glen Burnie, MD1984
  • Marion Burke Knott Full Tuition Scholarship, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD1984 - 1988
  • Ayers Philosophy Award1988
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Fellowship Award1999
  • Saint Louis University School of Public Health Academic Achievement Award2006
  • Quality Award, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Bloodstream Infection Prevention Team Co-leader, St. Louis Children’s Hospital2007
  • Synergy Award, Association for Professionals in Infection Control, St. Louis Chapter 73 “For Outstanding and Dedicated Service in Preventing Disease.”2007
  • Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2008
  • Hospital Infection Control Practice Advisory Committee (HICPAC), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2008
  • Quality Award, Hand Hygiene Team, St. Louis Children’s Hospital2008
  • Charles C. Shephard Science Award nominee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention2009
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, Fellow status2009
  • Top 10 percent Washington University Physicians Patient Satisfaction Survey2013
  • Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award, SLCH Pediatric Housestaff2014
  • Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award2021

Selected Publications view all (49)

Successful use of temocillin as salvage therapy for cervical osteomyelitis secondary to multi-drug resistant Burkholderia cepacia J Pediar Infect Dis Soc. 2014;3(1):77-80. 
Daily chlorhexidine bathing to reduce bacteraemia in critically ill children: a multicentre, cluster-randomised, crossover trial. Lancet. 2013;381(9872):1099-106. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(12)61687-0  PMID:23363666 
Oseltamivir dosing in premature infants. J Infect Dis. 2012;206(6):847-50. doi:10.1093/infdis/jis471  PMCID:PMC3572879  PMID:22807525 
Guideline for the prevention and control of norovirus gastroenteritis outbreaks in healthcare settings. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011;32(10):939-69. doi:10.1086/662025  PMID:21931246 
Risk factors and outcomes of surgical site infection in children. J Am Coll Surg. 2011;212(6):1033-1038.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2011.01.065  PMID:21398150 
Guidelines for the prevention of intravascular catheter-related infections. Am J Infect Control. 2011;39(4 Suppl 1):S1-34. doi:10.1016/j.ajic.2011.01.003  PMID:21511081 
Opportunities for antibiotic reduction in mechanically ventilated children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011;12(3):282-5. doi:10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181f39f0e  PMID:20921920 
Improving surveillance for pediatric Clostridium difficile infection: derivation and validation of an accurate case-finding tool. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011;30(3):e38-40. doi:10.1097/INF.0b013e3182027c22  PMID:21079527 
Identification and eradication of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in the neonatal intensive care unit: results of a national survey. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010;31(7):766-8. doi:10.1086/653615  PMCID:PMC2881181  PMID:20470034 
Guideline for prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections 2009. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010;31(4):319-26. doi:10.1086/651091  PMID:20156062 
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