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Rekha Murthy, MD, FRCP(C), FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology Department
Rekha Murthy, MD, is Medical Director of the Hospital Epidemiology Department and Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cedars-Sinai.
Dr. Murthy’s clinical and research interests include the prevention of hospital acquired infections, epidemiology of multidrug resistant organisms, antimicrobial management and device associated infections. She has co-authored four book chapters and numerous abstracts and articles on these and other subjects for peer reviewed journals.
At Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Murthy serves as chairperson of the Infection Control and Antibiotic Utilization Review Committees and leads the hospital-wide efforts to prevent healthcare associated infections, develop strategies to address new relevant public health regulations and to address the institutional response to emerging communicable disease threats such as novel H1N1, bioterrorism and multi-drug resistant organisms. Dr. Murthy has been a participant of the California Department of Public Health’s Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee. She is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the American College of Physicians. She is a member of numerous local, state and national professional associations and scholarly societies.
Dr. Murthy earned her medical degree at Queen’s University School of Medicine in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. She completed internship and residency programs in internal medicine at Queen’s University School of Medicine and at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She then completed clinical and research fellowships in infectious diseases at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and the University of California, Los Angeles-San Fernando Valley Program. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases.