Infectious Disease

Parkinson ,Public Health Sciences

Jorge Parada
  • Dr. Parada is a Professor of Medicine at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine where he is an active clinician and teacher at Loyola University Medical Center where he works as an infectious diseases specialist. He is also the Medical Director of Loyola's Infection Prevention and Control Program and is dedicated to improving the quality of care and safeguarding patient safety. He joined Hines VA Hospital and Loyola University Chicago after completing a Health Services Research Fellowship at Rush University and Cook County Hospital. He completed a Masters of Public Health at Harvard University and his Infectious Diseases Fellowship at Boston University. His residency training in internal medicine was at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was also Chief Medical Resident. Prior to that he completed another general medical-surgery residency, as well as studied at the Lisbon School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene before working in Africa (Angola) for a year. The focus of his research is clinical effectiveness, outcomes, and resource utilization in infectious diseases – with a focus on infection control and the prevention and treatment of healthcare associated infections – including Clostridium difficile and Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), as well as important devise-related infections, such as Central line associated blood stream infections (CLABSIs), catheter related urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAPs) and surgical site infections (SSIs). His projects have included studies of antimicrobial use, antimicrobial resistance and adverse events. His research efforts continue focused on Clostridium difficile-associated disease, the prevention of device-related infections, and MRSA infections. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications in scientific journals, and over 300 presentations at national and international scientific meetings and Grand Rounds. He is also Research Associate of the Infectious Diseases and Immunology Research Institute (InDIRI) at Loyola University and a Senior Research Associate at the Hines VA Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare. He has been honored with membership as a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA), and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (FSHEA). He is also a former VA Research Career Development Awardee. He has twice been awarded the Implementation Science Award by the Association of Professionals of Infection Control (APIC). Dr. Parada mainly sees patients who are hospitalized as part of the infectious diseases consult service at Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC). He also regularly oversees the Infectious Diseases fellow’s clinics in the Loyola Outpatient Center (LOC) on the main Maywood campus. Finally, he sees ambulatory care patients in his own infectious diseases clinics, also at LOC. Dr. Parada has traveled extensively and loves history, arts and architecture. From his father’s side, he is a fluent Portuguese speaker and conversant in Spanish (saying he speaks “Portenhol” – a mix of his near perfect Portuguese from his grandfather with the Espanhol of his grandmother). On his mother’s side he learned to ride horses and row in Ireland, but admits that he never did learn to speak Irish (Gaelic).

    • Classical University of Lisbon/Lisbon Medical School, M.D.                
    • Harvard University School of Public Health, Masters             
    • SUNY at Stony Brook, Bachelors           
    • Medical School: Classical University of Lisbon/Lisbon Medical School
    • Residency: SUNY at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Internal Medicine: General
    • Fellowship: Cook County Hospital/Rush Center for Health Services Research, Health Services Research


    • Validation of a Host Response Assay, Septicyte LAB, for Discriminating Sepsis from SIRS in the ICU Miller Iii,R. R.; Lopansri,B. K.; Burke,J. P.; Levy,M.; Opal,S.; Rothman,R. E.; D'Alessio,F. R.; Sidhaye,V. K.; Aggarwal,N. R.; Balk,R.; Greenberg,J. A.; Yoder,M.; Patel,G.; Gilbert,E.; Afshar,M.; Parada,J. P.; Martin,G. S.; Esper,A. M.; Kempker,J. A.; Narasimhan,M.; Tsegaye,A.; Hahn,S.; Mayo,P.; van der Poll,T.; Schultz,M. J.; Scicluna,B. P.; Klein Klouwenberg,P.; Rapisarda,A.; Seldon,T. A.; McHugh,L. C.; Yager,T. D.; Cermelli,S.; Sampson,D.; Rothwell,V.; Newman,R.; Bhide,S.; Kirk,J. T.; Navalkar,K.; Davis,R. F.; Brandon,R. A.; Brandon,R. B. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE 2018
    • Use of adenosine triphosphate to audit reprocessing of flexible endoscopes with an elevator mechanism. Quan, E; Mahmood, R; Naik, A; Sargon, P; Shastri, N; Venu, M; Parada, JP; Gupta, N American Journal of Infection Control 2018
    • Evaluation of Risk Factors for Clostridium difficile Infection in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients Scardina,T. L.; Kang Martinez,E.; Balasubramanian,N.; Fox-Geiman,M.; Smith,S. E.; Parada,J. P. Pharmacotherapy 2017 ;37(4):420-428
    • Outbreak of Gastroenteritis in Adults Due to Rotavirus Genotype G12P[8] Pacilli,M.; Cortese,M. M.; Smith,S.; Siston,A.; Samala,U.; Bowen,M. D.; Parada,J. P.; Tam,K. I.; Rungsrisuriyachai,K.; Roy,S.; Esona,M. D.; Black,S. R. Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America 2015 ;61(4):e20-e25
    • A primer on on-demand polymerase chain reaction technology Spencer,M.; Barnes,S.; Parada,J.; Brown,S.; Perri,L.; Uetwiller-Geiger,D.; Johnson,H. B.; Graham,D. American Journal of Infection Control 2015 ;43(10):1102-1108
    • Granulomatous hepatitis due to Bartonella henselae infection in an immunocompetent patient VanderHeyden,T. R.; Yong,S. L.; Breitschwerdt,E. B.; Maggi,R. G.; Mihalik,A. R.; Parada,J. P.; Fimmel,C. J. BMC Infectious Diseases 2012 ;12:17-2334-12-17
    • Is universal screening of children for nasal methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization necessary on hospital admission?. Thomson,T.; Takagishi,T.; Parada,J. P.; Schreckenberger,P.; Rekasius,V.; Challapalli,M. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2011 ;32(6):626-627
    • Cost-Effectiveness of Universal Screening of Healthy Newborns for Nasal Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Colonization at Birth Chhangani,P.; Durazo,R.; Digangi,L.; Parada,J. P.; Schreckenberger,P.; Rekasius,V.; Challapalli,M. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2011 ;32(3):301-302
    • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization among women admitted to labor and delivery and their newborn infants Volk,L.; Thomson,T.; Chhangani,P.; Digangi,L.; Parada,J. P.; Schreckenberger,P.; Rekasius,V.; Challapalli,M. Infection control and hospital epidemiology : the official journal of the Society of Hospital Epidemiologists of America 2011 ;32(10):1045-1046
    • Racial variations in care and outcomes for inpatient HIV-related pneumocystis pneumonia. Parada,J. P.; Yarnold,P. R.; Uphold,C. R.; Chmiel,J. S.; DeHovitz,J. A.; Goetz,M. B.; Weinstein,R. A.; McKoy,J. M.; Chandler,K. L.; Bennett,C. L. Journal of Health Care for the Poor & Underserved 2010 ;21(1):318-333
    • Challenges in the diagnosis of 2009 H1N1 in a lung transplant patient and the long-term implications for prevention and treatment: a case report. Davis,C. S.; Deburghgraeve,C. R.; Yong,S.; Parada,J. P.; Palladino-Davis,A. G.; Lowery,E.; Gagermeier,J.; Fisichella,P. M. Transplantation proceedings 2010 ;42(10):4295-4299
    • Spontaneous vertebral osteomyelitis due to Staphylococcus epidermidis Isenberg,Y.; Parada,J. P. Journal of Medical Microbiology 2010 ;59(5):599-601
    • Effectiveness of alcohol-based hand rubs for removal of Clostridium difficile spores from hands. Jabbar,U.; Leischner,J.; Kasper,D.; Gerber,R.; Sambol,S. P.; Parada,J. P.; Johnson,S.; Gerding,D. N. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2010 ;31(6):565-570
    • Mupirocin resistance among methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus-colonized patients at admission to a tertiary care medical center. Babu,T.; Rekasius,V.; Parada,J. P.; Schreckenberger,P. C.; Challapalli,M. Journal of clinical microbiology 2009 ;47(7):2279-2280
    • Epidemiology of hospital-acquired infections in veterans with spinal cord injury and disorder. Evans,C. T.; LaVela,S. L.; Weaver,F. M.; Priebe,M.; Sandford,P.; Niemiec,P.; Miskevics,S.; Parada,J. P. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2008 ;29(3):234-242
    • Exophiala jeanselmei keratitis after laser in situ keratomileusis. Leung,E. H.; Moskalewicz,R.; Parada,J. P.; Kovach,K. J.; Bouchard,C. S. Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery 2008 ;34(10):1809-1811
    • Outcome of metronidazole therapy for Clostridium difficile disease and correlation with a scoring system.[see comment] Belmares,J.; Gerding,D. N.; Parada,J. P.; Miskevics,S.; Weaver,F.; Johnson,S. Journal of Infection 2007 ;55(6):495-501
    • Rashid,R. M.; Salah,W.; Parada,J. P. Journal of Medical Microbiology 2007 ;56(Pt 2):280-282
    • Onset of symptoms and time to diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-associated disease following discharge from an acute care hospital. Chang,H. T.; Krezolek,D.; Johnson,S.; Parada,J. P.; Evans,C. T.; Gerding,D. N. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology 2007 ;28(8):926-931
    • Long-term outcomes from nosocomial infections in persons with spinal cord injuries and disorders LaVela,S. L.; Evans,C. T.; Miskevics,S.; Parada,J. P.; Priebe,M.; Weaver,F. M. American Journal of Infection Control 2007 ;35(6):393-400
    • Effects of type and level of training on variation in physician knowledge in the use and acquisition of blood cultures: a cross sectional survey. Parada,J. P.; Schwartz,D. N.; Schiff,G. D.; Weiss,K. B. BMC Infectious Diseases 2005 ;5:71
    • Trends in antibiotic prescribing for acute respiratory infection in veterans with spinal cord injury and disorder. Evans,C. T.; Smith,B.; Parada,J. P.; Kurichi,J. E.; Weaver,F. M. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2005 ;55(6):1045-1049
    • Intrathecal colistin and sterilization of resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa shunt infection. Quinn,A. L.; Parada,J. P.; Belmares,J.; O'Keefe,J. P. Annals of Pharmacotherapy 2005 ;39(5):949-952
    • Etiology and outcomes of veterans with spinal cord injury and disorders hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia. Chang,H. T.; Evans,C. T.; Weaver,F. M.; Burns,S. P.; Parada,J. P. Archives of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation 2005 ;86(2):262-267
    • Management of community-acquired pneumonia in persons with spinal cord injury. Burns,S. P.; Weaver,F. M.; Parada,J. P.; Evans,C. T.; Chang,H.; Hampton,R. Y.; Kapur,V. Spinal Cord 2004 ;42(8):450-458
    • Relationship between health insurance and medical care for patients hospitalized with human immunodeficiency virus-related Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia, 1995-1997: Medicaid, bronchoscopy, and survival. Parada,J. P.; Deloria-Knoll,M.; Chmiel,J. S.; Arozullah,A. M.; Phan,L.; Ali,S. N.; Goetz,M. B.; Weinstein,R. A.; Campo,R.; Jacobson,J.; Dehovitz,J.; Berland,D.; Bennett,C. L. Clinical Infectious Diseases 2003 ;37(11):1549-1555