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Naomi P. O'Grady

Naomi P. O'Grady, MD 
Staff Clinician and
Head, Patient Safety Section; Medical Director, Procedures, Vascular Access, and Conscious Sedation Services
Critical Care Medicine Department

Academic Degrees
BS, University of Michigan
MD, Ohio State University


Phone: 301-496-9320

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Naomi P. O'Grady, MD


Dr. Naomi O'Grady is a staff clinician in the Clinical Center's Critical Care Medicine Department and the Medical Director of the CC's Procedures, Vascular Access, and Conscious Sedation Services. Additionally, she serves as the CCMD's Medical Director of Patient Safety and Quality. She is an attending physician with the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Department of the Children's National Medical Health System, and holds an appointment in the Department of Internal Medicine's Division of Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

She obtained her undergraduate degree from University of Michigan and her medical degree at The Ohio State University where she also completed her internship and residency, then completed fellowships with NIH, and Johns Hopkins University, before returning to NIH in 1999.

Her research focuses on strategies to reduce the incidence of antimicrobial resistant pathogens in the ICU, and catheter-related blood stream infections.

Dr. O'Grady is currently the Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine Specialty Board for Critical Care Medicine, and serves on the ABIM Council. She is a fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society and of the American College of Critical Care Medicine.

Honors and Awards

NIH Director's Award 2013; Society of Critical Care Medicine Presidential Citation, 2009, 2002, 2000, 1997; Chair of the IDSA Practice and Standards Committee 2002-2005.

Selected Publications


O'Grady NP. Managing and preventing catheter-related infections in oncology patients in: The Hematology-Oncology Sourcebook. Boston, MA McGraw-Hill, 2014 (in press).

Joint Commission Technical Advisory Board. Preventing Central-Line Associated Bloodstream Infections: A Global Challenge, a Global Perspective. Oak Brook, IL: Joint Commission Resources, May 2012.

O'Grady NP. Isolation: Does it Prevent Cross-Contamination? Does it Help the Patient? In: ICU Infection in an Era of Multi-Resistance. Chicago, IL. Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2009.

O'Grady NP. Managing and preventing catheter-related infections in oncology patients in: The Hematology-Oncology Sourcebook. Boston, MA McGraw-Hill, 2007.


Marschall J, Mermel L, Fakih M, Hadaway L, Kallen A, O'Grady NP, Pettis AM, Rupp M, Sandora T, Maragakis L, Yokoe DS. Strategies to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections in acute care hospitals. Infect Cont Hosp Epi 2014 Jul;35(7):753-71.

Kadri S, O'Grady NP. Short-course antibiotic therapy for ventilator-associated pneumonia. Ann Intern Med 2014 May 20;160(10):JC3.

Amalou H, Negussie AH, Ranjan A, Chow L, Xu S, Kroeger C, Neeman Z, O'Grady NP, Wood BJ. Electrically conductive catheter inhibits bacterial colonization. J Vasc Interv Radiol 2014; 25:797-802.

Pastores SM, Martin GS, Baumann MH, Curtis JR, Farmer JC, Fessler HE, Hill NS, Gupta R, Hill NS, Ognibene FP, O'Grady NP, Rubenfeld GD Sessler CN, Siegal E, Simpson SQ, Spevetz A, Zimmerman JL. Training internists to meet critical care needs in the United States: A consensus statement from the Critical Care Societies Collaborative. Crit Care Med 2014; Mar 14.

Ferrada M, O'Grady NP. A microbial preparation did not reduce diarrhea in older inpatients receiving antibiotics. Ann Intern Med 2013; Nov 19;159(10).

Chertow DS, O'Grady NP. Supplemental parenteral nutrition reduced nosocomial infection in critically ill adults. Ann Intern Med 2013 Apr 16; 158(8).

Miller DL, O'Grady NP. Guidelines for the Prevention of Intravascular Catheter-related Infections: Recommendations Relevant to Interventional Radiology for Venous Catheter Placement and Maintenance. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2012 Aug;23(8):997-1007.

O'Grady NP, Murray P, Ames N. Preventing ventilator-associated pneumonia: Does the evidence support the practice? JAMA 2012 Jun 20;307(23):2534-9.

Chertow DS, O'Grady NP. Room for improvement in central venous catheter post-insertion care. Crit Care Med 2012 Jun 40(6)1962-3.

O'Grady NP. Zero risk for central line-associated bloodstream infections... Is this realistic? Crit Care Med. 2012 Feb;40(2):657-8.

Huskins WC, Huckabee C, O'Grady NP, Murray P, Wildasin H, Zimmer L, Walker ME, Sinkowitz-Cochrane RL, Jernigan J, Samore M, Wallace D, Goldmann D. Interventions to reduce transmission of resistant bacteria in intensive care units. N Engl J Med; 2011;364:1407-18.

O'Grady NP, Alexander M, Burns LA, Dellinger EP, Garland J, Heard SO, LipsettPA, Masur H, Mermel LA, Pearson M, Raad II, Randolph A, Rupp ME, Saint S. 2010 Update: Guideline for the prevention intravascular catheter-related infections. Clin Infect Dis 2011 May;52(9):1087-1099.

Chertow D, O'Grady NP. Central venous catheter related bloodstream infections: Highlights on diagnosis and management. Clev Clin J of Med; 2011 Jan:78 (1):10-17.

Kallen AJ, Patel PR, O'Grady NP. Preventing catheter-related bloodstream infections outside the intensive care unit: expanding prevention to new settings. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Aug 1;51(3):335-41.

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