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Faculty & Staff Honors

Columbia Professor Receives Highest Honor from American Academy of Nursing

The American Academy of Nursing announced that Dr. Elaine Larson,  professor of epidemiology at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and associate dean for research at Columbia University School of Nursing, will receive its highly acclaimed designation of Living Legend at a special ceremony during its policy conference in Washington, DC on October 5.

Exceptionally accomplished in nursing and health care, Dr. Larson is one of five nurse leaders to receive the designation for her achievements in nursing and health care over the course of her career. Dr. Larson was cited for her trailblazing work in infectious diseases and safety education and sustained contributions to the nursing profession.

[Photo: Dr. Elaine Larson]

Dr. Larson is an international expert in infection prevention, antimicrobial resistance, and hand hygiene. Her contributions have changed the way healthcare is delivered by emphasizing the importance of infection prevention and hand hygiene for all health professionals. She has served on numerous national advisory groups and grant review panels, as well as mentored countless clinical research nurses. Dr. Larson has been the editor of the American Journal of Infection Control since 1995, and has published more than 500 journal articles, four books, and a number of book chapters on infection prevention, epidemiology, and clinical research. She also has served as a consultant in infection control and nursing in international settings such as Kuwait, Jordan, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Ghana, Peru, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France, and Egypt.