Elaine Larson

Elaine Larson

Elaine Larson

One of the first researchers to provide efficacy data on alcohol-based hand sanitizers for infection prevention
Professor Emerita


1989 Madison Ave
New York 10035
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Elaine Larson is Anna C. Maxwell Professor Emerita and Special Lecturer, Columbia University School of Nursing and was Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, 1999-2020. She is a former Dean, Georgetown University School of Nursing. She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Medicine, Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America, Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, American Academy of Nursing, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Dr. Larson has been a member of the Board of Directors, National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and the Report Review Committee, National Academy of Sciences. She has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the Chair of CDC's Hospital Infection Control Advisory Committee (HICPAC). She has also chaired two institutional review boards-for Columbia and the New York Academy of Medicine-for several decades. Dr. Larson received the first Pathfinder Award from the National Institute of Nursing Research in 2003, an International Nurse Researcher Award from Sigma Theta Tau in 2011, and the John Stearns Medal for lifetime achievement in clinical practice, New York Academy of Medicine, 2014, and the Walsh McDermott Medal from the National Academy of Medicine, 2017. She was Editor of the American Journal of Infection Control for 25 years (1995-2020) and has published more than 400 journal articles, four books and a number of book chapters in the areas of infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research, and has served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings. In 2017 she was designated as a Living Legend, American Academy of Nursing, 2017Currently Dr. Larson serves on the President's Advisory Committee to Combat Antibiotic Resistance, as a member of the Board of Directors, Certification Board for Infection Control, and as Senior Scholar in Residence, New York Academy of Medicine.



PhD, 1981, University of Washington
MS, 1969, University of Washington
BS, 1965, University of Washington

Columbia Affiliations

Director, Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Antimicrobial Resistance

Academic Appointments

nd Anna C. Maxwell Professor Emerita of Nursing Research
Special Lecturer
Consultant for Human Research Protection Office Performance, Human Research Protection Program

Other Affiliations

Fellow: National Academy of Medicine; Infectious Disease Society of America; Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America; Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology
Member, President's Advisory Committee to Combat Antibiotic Resistance
Board of Directors, Certification Board for Infection Control
Lifetime National Associate, National Academy of Sciences

Honors & Awards

Walsh McDermott Medal for distinguished service, National Academy of Medicine, 2018.
Named lectureship (Elaine Larson Lectureship), Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, 2000
Hygieia Medal for life’s work in hygiene and microbiology, Rudolf Schülke Foundation, 2015
John Stearns Medical for Lifetime Achievement in Clinical Practice, NY Academy of Medicine, 2014
Designated as Living Legend, American Academy of Nursing, 2017

Areas of Expertise

Infectious Disease

Select Urban Health Activities

Home hygiene: Dr. Larson received an NIH grant to study the effects of use of antibacterial products for hand washing and home cleaning on infectious disease symptoms. There was no effect of using these products for a year on either infections or on bacterial counts on hands.
Use of antibiotics among Hispanics: Dr. Larson conducted surveys to determine the use of antibiotics and their availability in stores and bodegas.

Select Global Activities

Consultant to World Health Organization: Preparation of a global hand hygiene guideline.

Select Publications

Aiello AE, Coulborn RM, Perez V, Larson EL Effect of hand hygiene on infectious disease risk in the community setting: A meta-analysis Am J Public Health 98 1372-1381 2008
Pogorzelska M, Larson EL Assessment of attitudes of intensive care staff toward clinical practice guidelines Dimen Crit Care Nurs 27 30-38 2008
Haas JP, Larson EL Impact of wearable alcohol gel dispensers on hand hygiene in an emergency department Acad Emerg Med 15 393-396 2008
Gebbie KM, Meier BM, Bakken S, Carrasquillo O, Formicola A, Aboelela SW, Glied S, Larson E Training for interdisciplinary health research: defining the required competencies J Allied Health 37 65-70 2008
Larson E, Grullon-Figueroa L, Availability of antibiotics in New York City with prescription J Urban Health 81 498-504 2004
Cimiotti JP, Stone PW, Larson EL A cost comparison of hand hygiene regimens Nurs Econ 22 196-199 2004
Larson EL, Lin SX, Gomez-Pichardo C Predictors of infectious disease symptoms in inner city households. Nurs Research 53 190-197 2004
Larson E, Bratts T, Zwanziger J, Stone P A survey of IRB process in U.S. hospitals J Nurs Scholarship 36 260-264 2004
Larson EL, Ciliberti T, Chantler C, Abraham J, Lazaro E, Venturanza M, Pancholi P Comparison of traditional and disposable bed baths in critically ill patients. Am J Crit Care 13 235-241 2004
Cimiotti JP, Wu F, Della-Latta P, Nesin M, Larson E, Emergence of resistant staphylococci on the hands of new graduate nurses Infec Contr Hosp Epidemiol 25 431-435 2004
Larson EL, Ferng Y, Wong-McLoughlin J, Wang S Retention and protocol adherence of Hispanic volunteers in a longitudinal trial. Am J Health Behav 33 434-444 2009
Larson EL, Cohn EG, Meyer DD, Boden-Albala B Consent administrator training to reduce disparities in research participation. J Nurs Scholarship 41 95-103 2009
Larson EL, Ferng Y, Wong J, Alvarez Cid M, Barrett A, Gonzalez MJ, Wang S, Morse SM Knowledge and misconceptions regarding upper respiratory infection and influenza among urban Hispanic households: Need for targeted messaging J Immigrant Minority Health 11 71-82 2009

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