(November 18, 2023) -- As part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, we are especially excited to celebrate our partnership with Dr. Rana Hamdy who serves as the Stewardship Advisor for our center. She is a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Children’s National Hospital (CNH) and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves as the Physician Co-Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at CNH, a multifaceted program that aims to optimize antibiotic use in children.
We first began working with Dr. Hamdy in 2016 when we launched our partnership with the Urgent Care Association (UCA) to make the urgent care industry a leader in improving how antibiotics are used in this care setting. Dr. Hamdy has also been integral in our Center’s collaboration with Doctors on Demand (now Included Health) on researching new strategies for antibiotic stewardship in telemedicine. Read more.
Dr. Hamdy has also helped to establish robust education programs on antibiotic stewardship programs with the Society for Pediatric Urgent Care (SPUC), a professional society focused on pediatric urgent care. Her work with SPUC included building an education program that allows clinicians who see pediatric urgent care patients to apply antibiotic stewardship to improve their clinical practice. This work also led to multiple peer-reviewed publications
Her academic work focuses on the epidemiology and outcomes of antimicrobial use in children with the goal of improving clinical outcomes while limiting the emergence of antimicrobial resistance. This includes identifying antimicrobial stewardship practices most effective at improving antimicrobial prescribing, as well as comparative effectiveness studies to identify the optimal drug regimen, dose, route, and duration for infections in children.
Dr. Hamdy completed her pediatrics residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and her pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She received her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, her masters in public health degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and her masters in clinical epidemiology degree from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.