Thomas R. Talbot, M.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine

Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, VUMC


Infectious Diseases


M.D. - Vanderbilt University

M.P.H. - Vanderbilt University

BA - Duke University, 1992



Vanderbilt University, 1999-2000; 2001-2003

Thomas R. Talbot, M.D.

Research Description 

Dr. Talbot is a recognized expert in the field of healthcare epidemiology and infection control, as he currently serves as a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC) and recently served on the Board of Directors for the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He also serves on the Editorial Board for Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the preeminent journal in the field. Dr. Talbot's clinical research is centered on the area of healthcare epidemiology and infection control. He has a particular interest in vaccination of healthcare workers and the prevention of healthcare-associated infections. Dr. Talbot has more than 70 publications in peer-reviewed journals, with original research studies focusing on healthcare personnel vaccination, HAI surveillance, and improving hand hygiene as a tool to drive a culture of safety. As a part of his role as the Chief Hospital Epidemiologist, he oversees the surveillance and prevention of healthcare-associated infections (HAI) at VUMC, including the development of education for staff and physicians and the implementation of quality improvement interventions designed to reduce patient morbidity and mortality related to HAIs.

Honors and Awards 

The Albert Weinstein Prize in Medicine, 1996

lDean's Award, Distinguished by Outstanding Contribution of Leadership and Service, Vanderbilt Medical School, 1996

Alpha Omega Alpha, inducted 1995

SHEA Travel Award, 13th Annual Meeting, 2003

Fellow Teaching Award, Vanderbilt University Division of Infectious Diseases, 2003

ISDA Travel Award, 41st Annual Meeting, 2003

Chief Fellow, Vanderbilt University Division of Infectious Diseases, 2002-2003

Jonathan Freeman Scholarship, Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), May 2002

IDSA Travel Award, 39th Annual Meeting, 2001

Elliot Newman Prize for Best Clinical Research Paper, Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine, 2005

Tennesseans Improving Patient Safety Award, 2005. Awarded for the project "Standardization of the Central Venous Catheter Insertion Process reduces Catheter Associated Bloodstream Infections." Program Committee Choice Award for Top Abstract, Infectious Diseases Society of America 43rd Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, October 2005

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Citation, Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2005

National Institutes of Health Clinical Loan Repayment Award, July 2004 - June 2006

Citation for Excellence in Clinical Research, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Department of Medicine, 2002-2003

Research Keywords 

Hospital Epidemiology, Infection Control, Vaccines, Healthcare-associated Infections



Vanderbilt University, 1999-2000; 2001-2003


Residency, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine 1996-1999 Chief Residency, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2000-2001