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Meet the experts

Meet the clinical advisory panel

The IP Col-lab-oration Project convened a panel of leading infection prevention and microbiology experts to assemble educational material to strengthen the relationships between infection preventionists and laboratory professionals.

Working together, these experts provided guidance and offered no-cost tools and resources to help foster strong relationships between these two groups to improve patient outcomes.

Hear what the clinical advisory panel is saying.


Lillian Burns

Lead clinical advisor (APIC)

Lillian Burns, MT, MPH, CIC

Lillian Burns was lead clinical advisor and APIC representative for the Lab Project panel. Burns received her Master of Public Health from New York University, and is certified in infection prevention and control (CIC®). Burns is the manager of Epidemiology at North Shore LIJ Health System – Lenox Hill, and is responsible for the management of the Epidemiology and Infection Control department and antibiotic stewardship initiatives.

Watch Burns’ video.


Lance Peterson

Lead clinical advisor (ASM)

Lance Peterson, MD

Lance Peterson received his MD degree and completed his fellowship studies in Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology at the University of Minnesota. In 1998, he became director of the Northwestern Prevention Epicenter. This network of academic hospitals was established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to develop strategies for managing healthcare-associated infections and infectious diseases caused by drug-resistant bacteria. Dr. Peterson is currently the director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

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Research and associate epidemiologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, Illinois.

Watch Dr. Peterson’s video.



Clinical advisory panel


Kathy AuredenKathy Aureden, MS, MT(ASCP), SI, CIC

Kathy Aureden is the hospital epidemiology and infection control coordinator for Sherman Hospital, Illinois. She received her Master of Science degree from Ohio State University and is certified in infection prevention and control (CIC®). Aureden has also contributed to numerous APIC publications, including the Guide to the Elimination of MRSA Transmission in Hospital Settings and the soon-to-be-released Ready Reference for Lab Guide (anticipated release, winter 2012).

Watch Aureden’s video.




Martin EvansMartin Evans, MD

Martin Evans is board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine, and has a certificate for Special Competence in Medical Microbiology from the American Board of Pathology. He is currently a professor of Infectious Diseases at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. He served as the hospital epidemiologist for the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center from 1993 to 2003, and for the Lexington Veterans Affairs Medical Center from 2003 through 2008.

In January 2009, he assumed the position of associate director of the nationwide Veterans Health Administration MRSA Prevention Initiative, and was promoted to director the following year when the initiative expanded to include the prevention of other multidrug-resistant organisms. A noted expert on Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA, Dr. Evans has published more than 65 papers and book chapters; received 15 research grants from university, industry, and federal sources; and given numerous lectures at local, state, and national venues. Watch Dr. Evans’ video.


Marc-Oliver WrightMarc-Oliver Wright, MT(ASCP), MS, CIC

Marc-Oliver Wright is the corporate director of infection control for NorthShore University HealthSystem, Evanston, Illinois. Wright oversees a dynamic infection control program with responsibilities for four acute care hospitals and more than 75 ambulatory care centers. He is certified in infection prevention and control. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Sciences, a Master’s of Science degree in Epidemiology and advanced training in public health informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to joining NorthShore, Wright was an epidemiologist at the Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation in Wisconsin and an infection control practitioner at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore.

Currently president of the Chicago metropolitan chapter of APIC, Wright is a member of APIC and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America. He serves on the APIC Science and Knowledge Implementation Network (ASK-IN™), Informatics task force, and the editorial board for the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC). He has published in AJIC, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Clinical Infectious Diseases. Watch Wright’s video.