Rachel Gordon

Rachel Gordon

Rachel Gordon

Associate Professor
Epidemiology and Medicine at the Columbia University Medical Center


630 West 168th Street Box 82, Division of Infectious Diseases
New York NY 10032
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Dr. Gordon's primary research interests are in the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of staphylococcal disease and healthcare-associated infections. She has been studying ventricular-assist device (VAD, a heart pump) infections and the molecular epidemiology and pathogenesis of Staphylococcus epidermidis, the most common pathogen infecting these devices. She is also interested in MRSA and staphylococcal infections affecting high risk populations, including HIV-positive individuals. Dr. Gordon teaches "Biology and Pathophysiology" for Epidemiology doctoral students and is the course director for "Microbiology/Infectious Diseases" at the School of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Gordon also enjoys practicing medicine and training medical housestaff, including students, residents and fellows.


MPH, 2004, Mailman School of Public Health
MD, 2000, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Other Affiliations

Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Member, American Society of Microbiology
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Microbiology Test Committee Member and United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 Microbiology Test Material Development Committee (TMDC) Member
Counsilor, Infectious Diseases Society of New York
Virginia Apgar Academy of Medical Educators

Honors & Awards

Charles W. Bohmfalk Award for teaching in pre-clinical years, 2012
Ewig Award from the Ewig Clinical Education Fund for Outstanding Educators, 2011
Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award from the P&S Class of 2013, 2010
Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award from the P&S Class of 2012, 2010

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