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Dr. Marion Kainer

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Dr. Kainer obtained her medical degree and masters of public health in Melbourne, Australia.  She is an adult infectious diseases physician and healthcare epidemiologist and joined the Tennessee Department of Health in 2003.  There, she is the director of the Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program. Additionally, Dr. Kainer is the chair of the healthcare associated infections [HAI] subcommittee of the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists [CSTE].  She co-chairs the CSTE HAI standards committee and the antimicrobial resistance reporting working group.  Dr. Kainer also serves as the CSTE liaison to the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee [HICPAC], the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) steering committee, and the NHSN change control board, as well as the public policy and governmental affairs committee of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).  Dr. Kainer led the recent fungal meningitis outbreak investigation at the Tennessee Department of Health and was named Tennessean of the Year by the Nashville-based Tennessean newspaper. Before joining the Tennessee Department of Health, Dr. Kainer was an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion.