Dr. Arjun Srinivasan ‘92, associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke with FRONTLINE about antibacterial resistance and the need for action from all stakeholders at the local level.
Antibiotics have saved lives and opened up new frontiers in medicine, Srinivasan said, but overuse and misuse of the "miracle drugs" have lead to a situation in which we are running out of effective antibiotics. While some bacterial resistance is inevitable (bacteria naturally adapt to survive), we have "fueled the fire" of bacterial resistance and now are encountering once-curable infections we no longer can treat, he said.
Before joining CDC, Dr. Srinivasan served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Infectious Diseases Division at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he was the founding director of the Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Management Program and the associate hospital epidemiologist.
His research and investigative areas of concentration include outbreak investigations, infection control, multi-drug resistant gram negative pathogens and antimicrobial use.