Meet a PennMedicine Researcher
Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD, MSCE
Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD, MSCE, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is the winner of this year’s Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, which recognizes a junior faculty member whose research has illuminated a fundamental clinical problem or improved the organization and delivery of health care.
Dr. Gerber’s work focuses on the epidemiology and outcomes of antibiotic use in children. He has developed into a national leader in antimicrobial stewardship research whose work is notable for its broad array of experimental approaches, and which addresses both inpatient stewardship and antimicrobial use in the outpatient setting. Using the largest clinical database of freestanding children’s hospitals in the U.S., he helped to establish the rise of MRSA as a cause of infection in hospitalized children. He designed, implemented, and analyzed a landmark study to improve antibiotic prescribing by adapting principals of inpatient stewardship interventions to the ambulatory setting, focusing on the overuse of off-guideline, broad-spectrum antibiotics for common childhood respiratory tract infections. His work has also addressed the relationship between early life antibiotic use and growth. The significance, impact, and innovation of Dr. Gerber’s work are apparent in the scope and diversity of his funding, as well as in his multiple local and national leadership roles, his sought-after mentorship of trainees and junior faculty, and his multiple collaborations with established investigators at Penn and CHOP and across the country.