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Cindy Hou, DO, is the Infection Control Officer at Jefferson Health New Jersey and is an infectious diseases specialist with Jefferson Health Infectious Diseases. Locally, she is the physician lead for the hospital’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee, Infection Control Committee, Infection Prevention Task Force, and Sepsis on the Floors Task Force.

Her hospital system, previously known as Kennedy Health, was nationally recognized by Sepsis Alliance as a Sepsis Hero in 2016. Dr. Hou has been a passionate advocate for early detection, prevention, education, and management of sepsis in the community hospital setting. In particular, she has helped to champion the development of nurse-initiated policies, old school education, and the impact of multi-disciplinary teams on survival of patients with sepsis. She has also studied the impact of mandatory infectious disease consults on Clostridioides difficile infections and severe sepsis.

At the state level, Dr. Hou served as the physician champion for the New Jersey Hospital Association’s Antimicrobial Stewardship Collaborative. In 2018, she was a recipient of Heroes of Infection Prevention Safety Award in Patient Safety from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control (APIC). In addition, on a national level, she served on the Advisory Board for Sepsis Alliance from 2019 to 2020.

Dr. Hou graduated from Yale University. She received her MA and MBA from Boston University, and D.O. from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Hou is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. She is fellowed by the American College of Osteopathic Internists, the American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.