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Michael Gardam, MSc, MD, CM, CIC, FRCPC

Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network

Michael Gardam is fiercely committed to patient safety.

As Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network since 2001, and former Director of Infectious Disease Prevention and Control at Public Health Ontario (2008 – 2010), Michael has devoted his career to discovering and uncovering new ways to prevent the spread of infectious diseases in healthcare settings and the community.

He continues to champion patient safety as Physician Director of the Community and Hospital Infection Control Association Canada (CHICA); as the National Lead of infection control collaboratives for Safer Healthcare Now! and through his pioneering efforts in the use of the behavioural change approaches, including ‘Positive Deviance’ and ‘Front Line Ownership’ to prevent healthcare associated infections. Michael continues to lead safety improvement work using Front Line Ownership in Canada and the United States and has expanded its focus to include other patient safety challenges such as preventing patient falls, pressure ulcers, and medication reconciliation.

Michael’s other passion is the treatment and epidemiology of tuberculosis. He continues to run the TB clinic at Toronto Western Hospital, which he founded in 2000.  He is an expert consultant (internationally) on several issues such as healthcare system behavioural change, infection prevention and control, and infectious diseases including Clostridium difficile, influenza, tuberculosis and hospital superbugs.  Michael is also an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and has published more than 90 scientific works. 

Michael is a graduate of McGill University in Montréal and the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in infectious diseases.
Hand Hygiene
Frustrated Getting Healthcare Workers to Clean their Hands? Perhaps Try a Different Approach

6/23/2015

By Michael Gardam, MSc, MD, CM, CIC, FRCPC

Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network

Infection prevention can be a very challenging job. So, how can you get healthcare workers to clean their hands? The answer might be trying a different approach.

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Patient Education is Key to Good Hand Hygiene

10/29/2013

By Michael Gardam, MSc, MD, CM, CIC, FRCPC

Director of Infection Prevention and Control at the University Health Network

There has been so much focus on improving healthcare provider hand hygiene over the past decade that it might be tempting to overlook the importance of patient/client hand hygiene in patient safety.

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