Melissa Bauer, D.O. is an Associate Professor of Anesthesiology at Duke University. She is dual board certified in Critical Care and Anesthesiology. She is funded by the National Institutes of Health (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development) to work to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity from maternal sepsis. Her research is centered on the early identification and treatment of maternal sepsis. She has published multiple studies identifying the differences and difficulties of diagnosis of sepsis in pregnant women and highlighted opportunities for improvement in maternal sepsis care. She served as an editor for the California Maternal Quality Care Collaborative Maternal Sepsis toolkit, which provides step-by-step instructions for hospitals on how to implement screening and treatment for maternal sepsis. She currently serves as Chair for the national Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health Sepsis in Obstetrical Care Patient Safety Bundle Workgroup with the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health.