June 29, 2017

HSR&D Investigator Katie Suda Receives CDC Shepard Award

Katie SudaKatie Suda, PharmD, MS

Katie Suda, PharmD, MS, a Research Health Scientist with the HSR&D Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare in Hines, IL, was a co-author on a paper published in JAMA that won this year's Center for Disease Control & Prevention's (CDC) Charles C. Shepard Award in the Assessment Category. Dr. Suda's paper describes the magnitude of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions by U.S. clinicians in ambulatory care settings. Results showed that per 1000 population — among all conditions and ages combined in 2010 and 2011 — an estimated 506 antibiotic prescriptions were written annually; of these, 353 antibiotic prescriptions were estimated to be appropriate antibiotic prescriptions, supporting the need for establishing a goal for outpatient antibiotic stewardship.1

As a pharmacist with additional training in health outcomes and epidemiology, Dr. Suda's research interest is pharmacoepidemiology and how medications affect public health. In addition to her HSR&D work, she has conducted other federally- and non-federally funded investigations, and has published extensively. Dr. Suda has also held professional leadership roles and has experience as a pharmacist practicing inter-professionally in hospital and community pharmacy settings.

The CDC's Charles C. Shepard Science Award is CDC's highest award for scientific papers, and is awarded in four categories: Assessment, Laboratory Science, Data Methods and Design, and Prevention and Control. Assessment Category winners are publications that characterize health, disease, conditions, or behaviors, and their determinants in communities or populations.

  1. Fleming-Dutra K, Hersh A, Shapiro D, Suda K, et al. Prevalence of Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescriptions Among US Ambulatory Care Visits, 2010-2011. JAMA. 2016;315(17):1864-73.