Dr. Elaine Larson is Associate Dean for Research and the Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research, Columbia University School of Nursing and Professor of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. She is a former Dean of Georgetown University School of Nursing. Dr. Larson has been a member of the Board of Directors of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases and of the Report Review Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. She 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 from the New York Academy of Medicine in 2014. She is a Fellow in the National Academy of Medicine, Society for Healthcare Epidemiologists of America, Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. She is also the Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research to Prevent Infections at Columbia University and an interdisciplinary T32 pre- and post-doctoral training grant, Training in Interdisciplinary Research to Reduce Infections. She has been editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995 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. Dr. Larson has also served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings such as Kuwait, Jordan, Singapore, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France, Israel, The World Health Organization, Scotland and Egypt.