Faculty Profile

Lona  Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Amanda Sanford Hickey Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor, Epidemiology

300 NIB, Room 914

With an active wet research laboratory in microbiology and a translational research agenda focused on vulnerable aging population, Dr. Mody aims to improve infection outcomes in vulnerable populations.

She has mentored several junior faculty, fellows, post-doctoral students and residents in conducting clinical, epidemiologic as well as laboratory-based research projects and has had uninterrupted NIH funding since 2003. In 2015, she received a 5-year NIH K24 Midcareer Investigator Award to mentor junior faculty in translational aging, infectious diseases and health outcomes research.  Her interest in mentoring is reflected in several finished products including publications in high impact journals such as JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, PNAS and Clinical Infectious Diseases by her mentees, developing and leading career development seminars at national meetings and her mentees being recognized by research awards at national meetings.  She is nationally active at several research methods, career development and public policy activities at the American Geriatrics Society, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.  Importantly, she loves to paint with oil colors and has completed over 30 canvas paintings in a variety of styles including abstract art, figures and flowers. 

1992: MBBS, Smt. NHL Medical College, Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India
1994-97: Resident, Internal Medicine, New Jersey Medical School
1997-99: Fellow, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2002-05: Masters of Science in Epidemiology, University of London

1. Developing interventions to reduce multi-drug resistant organisms and infections in high-risk populations

2. Delineate transmission pathways of multi-drug resistant organisms within an institution and regionally

3. Define complex relationships between antimicrobial resistance, caregiver and environmental contamination and function

4. Understand scope, practice and ethics of patient engagement in infection prevention

Mody L, Krein S, Saint S, Min LC, Montoya A, Lansing B, McNamara SE, Symons K, Fisch J, Koo E, Rye RA, Galecki A, Kabeto MU, Fitzgerald JT, Olmsted RN, Kauffman CA, Bradley SF.  A Targeted Infection Prevention (TIP) intervention in nursing home residents with indwelling devices: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med 2015; 175:714-23. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25775048 Editorial: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25774622

Mody L, Meddings J, Edson BS, McNamara SE, Trautner BW, Stone ND, Krein SL, Saint S. Enhancing resident safety by preventing healthcare-associated infection: a national initiative to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections in nursing homes. Clin Infect Dis 2015;61:86-94.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25814630

Cao J, Lansing B, Min L, Foxman B, Mody L. Multidrug-resistant organisms on patients’ hands: a missed opportunity. JAMA Intern Med 2016; 176:705-6.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26974592

Mody L, Greene MT, Meddings J, Krein SL, McNamara SE, Trautner BW, Ratz D, Stone N, Min L, Schweon SJ, Rolle AJ, Olmsted RN, Burwen DR, Battles J, Edson B, Saint S. A national program to prevent catheter-associated urinary tract infection in nursing home residents.  JAMA Intern Med 2017 May 19. doi: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.1689. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28525923 Editorial:  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28525915

Wang J, Foxman B, Mody L, Snitkin E. A network of microbial and antibiotic interactions drive colonization and infection with multi-drug resistant organisms. PNAS, Aug 2017 http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2017/09/11/1710235114

1997 - American College of Physicians
1998 - American Geriatrics Society
2003 - Infectious Diseases Society of America
2006 - Central Society for Clinical Research
2006 - Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
2017 - American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI)