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Richard  A Venezia

Richard A Venezia Ph.D., ABMM

Academic Title: Professor
Primary Appointment: Pathology
Additional Title(s): Director of Microbiology, University of Maryland Medical Center
Location: UMMC, N2W50
Phone: (410) 328-7005 (office)
Phone: (410) 706-7062 (research lab)
Fax: (410) 328-3238

Personal History:

B.S. Biology: LeMoyne College, Syracuse, N.Y.
M.S. Biology: NIH Traineeship in Medical Microbiology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio
Ph.D. Microbiology: NIH Predoctoral Fellow, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y.
Postdoctoral Fellow: Clinical and Public Health Microbiology, University of Rochester,School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, N.Y.

Research Interests:

Extended spectrum Beta-lactamases and resistance plasmids Anti-infectives and resistance mechanisms Interventions for the reduction in nosocomial infections Methods for clinical outcome and quality improvement studies Diagnostic techniques for infectious diseases

Clinical Speciality:

Clinical and Public Health Microbiology


Selected Publications:

Graffunder, E.M., Preston, K.E., Evans, A.M. and Venezia, R.A.: Risk factors associated with extended spectrum beta lactamase producing organisms at a tertiary care center. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 56:139-145, 2005.

Jabra-Rizk, M.A., Johnson, J.K., Forrest, G., Mankes, K., Meiller, T.F., and Venezia, R.A.: Prevalence of Candida dubliniensis fungemia at a large teaching hospital. Clinical Infectious Disease 41:1064-1067, 2005.

Furuno JP, McGregor JC, Harris AD, Johnson JA, Johnson JK, Langenberg P, Venezia RA, Finkelstein J, Smith DL, Strauss SM, Perencevich EN. Identifying High-Risk Groups for Carriage of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. Arch Intern Med, 166:580-585, 2006

Mehta, S, Johnson, J, Venezia, R, and Forrest, G.: Emergence of linezolid-resistant enterococci in a neutropenic patient. Journal of Hospital Infections, 62:125-127, 2006.

Forrest, G.N., Mehta, S, Weekes, E., Lincalis, D.P., Johnson, J.K. and Venezia, R.A.: Impact of rapid in situ hybridization testing on coagulase-negative staphylococci positive blood cultures. Journal of antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 58:154-158, 2006.

Johnson, JK, Perencevich, EN, Lincalis, DP and Venezia, R.A.: Dog bite transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to a human. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 27:762-763, 2006.

Forrest, G.N., Mankes, K., Jabra-Rizk, M.A., Weekes, E., Lincalis, D.P., Johnson, J.K. and Venezia, R. A.: The impact of PNA-FISH of Candida albicans on antifungal therapy, mortality and costs. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 44: 3381-3383, 2006.

Wright, M.O., Furuno, J.P., Venezia, R.A., Johnson, J.K., Standiford, H.C., Hebden, J.N., Hill, J., Hartley, D.M., Harris, A.D., Perencevich, E.N.: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus among hospitalized prisoners. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 28: 2007.

Shepard, J.R., Addison, R.M., Alexander, B.D., Della-Latta, P., Gherna, M., Haase, G., Hall, G., Johnson, J.K., Merz, W., Peltroche-Llacsahuanga, H., Stender, H., Venezia, R.A., Wilson, D., Procop, G.W., Wu, F.. Fiandacal, M.J.: Multicenter Evaluation of the Candida albicans/Candida glabrata Peptide Nucleic Acid Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization Method for Simultaneous Dual-Color Identification of C. albicans and C. glabrata Directly from Blood Culture Bottles. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 46: 50-55, 2008.

Venezia, R.A., Orrico, M.S., Houston, E., Yin, S., Naumova, Y.Y. Lethal Activity of Nonthermal Plasma Sterilization Against Microorganisms. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, 29:430-436, 2008.

Forrest, G.N., M.C. Roghmann, L.S. Toombs, J.K. Johnson, E. Weeks, D.P. Lincalis, R.A. Venezia. PNA-FISH for Hospital Acquired Enterococcal Bacteremia: Delivering Earlier Effective Antimicrobial. Therapy. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 52:3558-3563, 2008.

Shurland, S. J.P. Furuno, RA Venezia, J.K. Johnson, M.C. Roghmann. 2009. Colonization Sites of USA300 Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Extended Care Residents. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 30: 313-318.

Johnson, J.K., G. Smith, M. S. Warren, R. A. Venezia, O. C. Stine, J. P. Nataro, W. Hsiao, A. D. Harris. 2009. The Role of Patient-to-Patient Transmission in the Acquisition of Imipenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa Colonization in the Intensive Care Unit. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 200;900-905. Editorial by E. Laetenbach. 2009. Antimicrobial Resistance in Gram-Negative Pathogens: Crafting the Tools Necessary to Navigate the Long Ascent out of the Abyss. Journal of Infectious Diseases 200: 838-40. 2009.

Shurland SM, Stine OC, Venezia RA, Johnson JK, Zhan M, Furuno JP, Miller RR, Pelser C, Roghmann MC. Prolonged Colonization with USA300 MRSA in Extended Care Residents. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. Manuscript in Press 2010

Harris A.D., Furuno J.P., Roghmann, M.C., Johnson, J.K., Conway, L.J., Venezia, R.A., Standiford, H.C., Schweizer, M.L., Hebden, J.N., Moore, A.C., Perencevich, E.N. Targeted MRSA Surveillance and its Potential Use to Guide Empiric Antibiotic Therapy. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy. Accepted 2010.