Lauri Hicks, DO is a medical epidemiologist in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She is also a Commander in the US Public Health Service. Dr. Hicks attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and chief medicine residency at the University of Connecticut. This was followed by a 2-year position as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at CDC. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship in infectious diseases at Brown University, Dr. Hicks returned to CDC to lead respiratory outbreak response and the Legionnaires’ disease program.
In 2008, she became the medical director for the “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” program, which aims to educate healthcare providers and the public about appropriate antibiotic use. She leads research on antibiotic use and resistance trends and serves as the campaign spokesperson. Globally she has fostered CDC, European Union, and World Health Organization collaboration leading to joint antibiotic awareness observances several countries across the globe. Dr. Hicks has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and has guided national antibiotic stewardship policy and guideline development. In 2015, she became the director for CDC’s new Office of Antibiotic Stewardship in the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion to improve integration of stewardship across the spectrum of healthcare. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her areas of concentration include bacterial respiratory diseases, outbreak investigations, and antibiotic resistance and use.