APIC announces new editor of AJIC journal

Nov. 22, 2019

The Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) today announced that Patricia Stone, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN has been appointed as editor of APIC’s peer-reviewed journal, the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC). Stone will assume the role from Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC, who will retire in December and has served as the editor of AJIC since 1995.

Stone joins AJIC from the Columbia University School of Nursing where she is Centennial Professor of Health Policy and director of the Center for Health Policy. She is a tenured professor of Nursing and has previously served as director of the school’s PhD Program. She has served multiple terms on the AJIC editorial board.

Over the past twenty years, Stone has established herself as an expert on the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of infection prevention and control practices in hospitals, nursing homes and home healthcare. She has led large-scale, federally and foundation-funded studies totaling more than $60 million, which have guided healthcare practice and policy. Her research has been cited in national guidelines and in policy documents including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ “National Action Plan to Prevent HAIs.”

“APIC is thrilled to welcome Dr. Stone as editor of AJIC,” said 2019 APIC President, Karen Hoffmann, RN, MS, CIC, FSHEA, FAPIC. “Her research has informed policies that have strengthened the role of the infection preventionist and established the importance of investing in infection prevention and control programs. We look forward to her tenure with the journal and her vision for AJIC’s future.”

In addition to her research and teaching career, Stone has served on several national health policy-making committees, including twice co-chairing National Quality Forum Technical Advisory Panels. Stone is the recipient of numerous awards, including APIC’s Distinguished Scientist Award, and is the author of more than 200 publications.

Stone stated, “I am very honored to be taking on this important responsibility. I look forward to being a good steward of AJIC and publishing cutting edge research that will help the profession of infection prevention and control professionals.”

APIC has the announcement.