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

Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases
Patient Oriented Research UnitInfectious Diseases

phone: 314-454-8606


  • B.A., Loyola College1988
  • M.D., 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

  • MO, Physician and Surgeon1996
  • American Board of Pediatrics (recertified 2005 and 2012)1998
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Subspecialy Certificaton (recertified 2008)2001


  • 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

Selected Publications view all (10)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Rodriguez M, Nelson M, Kelly JE, Elward A, Morley SC. 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. 
  2. Milstone AM, Elward A, Song X, Zerr DM, Orscheln R, Speck K, Obeng D, Reich NG, Coffin SE, Perl TM, Pediatric SCRUB Trial Study Group. 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  
  3. McPherson C, Warner B, Hunstad DA, Elward A, Acosta EP. Oseltamivir dosing in premature infants. J Infect Dis. 2012;206(6):847-50. doi:10.1093/infdis/jis471  PMCID:PMC3572879  PMID:22807525  
  4. MacCannell T, Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Lee I, Kuntz G, Stevenson KB, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee-HICPAC. 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  
  5. Bucher BT, Guth RM, Elward AM, Hamilton NA, Dillon PA, Warner BW, Keller MS. 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  
  6. Toltzis P, Elward A, Davis D, Helfaer M, Smathers S, Zaoutis T. Opportunities for antibiotic reduction in mechanically ventilated children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011;12(3):282-5. doi:10.1097/PCC.0b013e3181f39f0e  PMID:20921920  
  7. O'Grady NP, Alexander M, Burns LA, Dellinger EP, Garland J, Heard SO, Lipsett PA, Masur H, Mermel LA, Pearson ML, Raad II, Randolph AG, Rupp ME, Saint S, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. 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  
  8. Shaklee J, Zerr DM, Elward A, Newland J, Leckerman K, Asti L, Guth R, Bass J, Selvarangan R, Coffin S, Zaoutis T. 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  
  9. Milstone AM, Song X, Coffin S, Elward A, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America's Pediatric Special Interest Group. 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  
  10. Gould CV, Umscheid CA, Agarwal RK, Kuntz G, Pegues DA, Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee. 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