Cindy Hou, DO, MA, MBA, CIC, CPHQ, FACOI, FACP, FIDSA, is the Infection Control Officer and Medical Director of Research at Jefferson Health – New Jersey and is an Infectious Diseases specialist with the Jefferson NJ Primary & Specialty Care Infectious Diseases practice. She is physician lead for Jefferson Health – New Jersey’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. She served on the Sepsis Alliance Advisory Board from 2019 to 2020, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2020. Dr. Hou accepted the role of Chief Medical Officer for Sepsis Alliance in early 2022.
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). Nationally, she was honored with the American College of Osteopathic Internist’s (ACOI) Researcher of the Year award in 2020.
Dr. Hou graduated from Yale with a BS in biology. She received her MA and MBA from Boston University, and DO 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 ACOI, the American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In addition, Dr. Hou holds a Certification in Infection Control (CIC) and is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ).