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Tara N. Palmore, MD

Tara N. Palmore, MD
Hospital Epidemiologist
Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, NIAID


Academic Degrees
AB, Harvard College
MD, University of Virginia School of Medicine


Phone: 301-594-6818

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Dr. Tara N. Palmore earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her MD from the University of Virginia School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Cornell Internal Medicine Residency Program and her fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.

In 2005, Dr. Palmore began her career in NIAID as a staff clinician in the NIAID Laboratory of Clinical Infectious Diseases. She became deputy hospital epidemiologist in the NIH Clinical Center in 2007 and became hospital epidemiologist in 2014. As hospital epidemiologist, Dr. Palmore aims to optimize patient safety through prevention of hospital-acquired infections.

In addition, Dr. Palmore is the program director for NIAID’s Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.

Dr. Palmore’s research interests include modes of nosocomial transmission of multidrug-resistant bacteria, Clostridium difficile and antimicrobial stewardship.

Selected Publications

Conlan S, Park M, Deming C, Thomas PJ, Young AC, Coleman H, Sison C; NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Weingarten RA, Lau AF, Dekker JP, Palmore TN, Frank KM, Segre JA. Plasmid Dynamics in KPC-Positive Klebsiella pneumoniae during Long-Term Patient Colonization. MBio. 2016 Jun 28;7(3).

Chertow DS, Nath A, Suffredini AF, Danner RL, Reich DS, Bishop RJ, Childs RW,  Arai AE, Palmore TN, Lane HC, Fauci AS, Davey RT. Severe Meningoencephalitis in a Case of Ebola Virus Disease: A Case Report. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Apr 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Hughes HY, Conlan SP, Lau AF, Dekker, JP, Michelin AV, Youn J, Henderson DK, Frank KM, Segre JA, Palmore TN. Detection and Whole Genome Sequencing of Carbapenemase-Producing Aeromonas hydrophila Isolated From Routine Perirectal Surveillance Culture. J Clin Microbiol 2016; 54(4): 1167-70.

Palmore TN, Barrett K, Michelin A, Ramsburg A, Lee LM, Davey RT, Henderson DK. Challenges in managing patients who have suspected or confirmed Ebola virus infection at the National Institutes of Health. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2015 Jun;36(6):623-6.

Lai L, Davey R, Beck A, Xu Y, Suffredini AF, Palmore TN, Kabbani S, Rogers S, Kobinger G, Alimonti J, Link CJ Jr, Rubinson L, Ströher U, Wolcott M, Dorman W, Uyeki TM, Feldmann H, Lane HC, Mulligan MJ. Emergency postexposure vaccination with vesicular stomatitis virus-vectored Ebola vaccine after needlestick. JAMA 2015 March 24; 313(12): 1249-55.

Conlan S, Thomas PJ, Deming C, Park M, Lau AF, Dekker JP, Snitkin ES, Clark  TA, Luong K, Song Y, Tsai YC, Boitano M, Dayal J, Brooks SY, Schmidt B, Young AC, Thomas JW, Bouffard GG, Blakesley RW; NISC Comparative Sequencing Program, Mullikin JC, Korlach J, Henderson DK, Frank KM,* Palmore TN,* Segre JA.* Single-molecule sequencing to track plasmid diversity of hospital-associated carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Sep 17;6(254):254ra126.

Sharp D, Palmore TN, Grady C. The ethics of empowerment patients as partners in healthcare-associated infection prevention. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2014 Mar; 35(3):307-9.

Herrick JA, Lederman RJ, Sullivan B, Powers JH, Palmore TN. Brucella arteritis: clinical manifestations, treatment, and prognosis. Lancet Infect Dis 2014. 14(6): 520-6.

Palmore TN, Henderson DK. Managing transmission of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae in healthcae settings: a view from the trenches. Clin Infect Dis 2013; 57(11): 1593-9.

Snitkin ES, Zelazny AM, Thomas PJ, Stock F; NISC Comparative Sequencing Program Group, Henderson DK, Palmore TN,* Segre JA.* Tracking a hospital outbreak of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae with whole-genome sequencing. Sci Transl Med. 2012 Aug 22;4(148):148ra116.

Palmore TN, Michelin AV, Bordner MA, Odom, RT, Stock F, Sinaii N, Fedorko D, Murray PR, Henderson, DK. Use of adherence monitors as part of a team approach to control clonal spread of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii in a research hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Dec;32(12):1166-72.

Palmore TN, Vandersluis JP, Morris J, Michelin A, Ruprecht LM, Schmitt JM, Henderson DK. A Successful Mandatory Influenza Vaccination Campaign Using an Innovative Electronic Tracking System. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009; 30(12): 1137-42.

Palmore TN, Stock F, White M, Bordner MA, Michelin A, Bennett JE, Murray PR, Henderson DK. A cluster of cases of nosocomial legionnaires disease linked to a contaminated hospital decorative water fountain. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2009; 30(8):764-8.

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