Madhuri Sopirala, M.D.

Madhuri Sopirala, M.D.

  • Internal Medicine - Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine

Biography

Dr. Sopirala is the Dirctor of Infection Prevention at Parkland Health and Hospital Systems effective June 1, 2021. She has over 15 years of experience in the field and is a passionate leader in Healthcare Epidemiology and Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). She came to UT Southwestern in 2017 as the Chief of Infection Prevention at the VA North Texas Healthcare System and is currently an Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine.

Prior to coming to UT Southwestern, she served for 5 years as the Associate Chief of the Department of Clinical Epidemiology/Infection Prevention and Control at the Ohio State University Medical Center and as the Chief of IPC at the University of Cincinnati Healthcare System for 6 years where she successfully led system-wide performance improvement in prevention of hospital acquired infections (HAI), with particular expertise in central line associated blood stream infections. In both venues she implemented her signature program - Infection Control Link Nurse Program - which brought multiple disciplines together in infection prevention efforts for sustained improvements. Much of her work in HAI prevention is documented in peer-reviewed publications. While at University of Cincinnati Healthcare System, she also served as the Chief of Antimicrobial Stewardship, implementing several innovative patient safety initiatives. As a result of her work in HAI reduction, she received an IMPACT award, granted to the most impactful physician in the health system from the medical directors at the University of Cincinnati.  She was awarded a New Investigator award at the VAMC-North Texas for a novel study focused on the epidemiology of multidrug resistant Gram-negative colonization and infection. Her research interests focus on healthcare associated infections and multidrug resistant Gram-negative organisms.

Dr. Sopirala has mentored numerous fellows, residents and medical students throughout her career. Her work with the trainees has resulted in multiple peer reviewed publications. She is recognized as a leader in the field by national organizations and serves on the editorial boards for several reputed journals.

Education & Training
  • Other Post Graduate Training - Ohio State University College of Public Health (2007-2009)
  • Graduate School - The Ohio State University College of Public Health (2007-2009)
  • Fellowship - Ohio State University Hospital (2005-2007), Infectious Diseases
  • Residency - Mount Carmel Medical Center (2002-2005), Internal Medicine
  • Medical School - Sri Venkateswara University (1992-1999)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Society of Healthcare Epidemiology Long Term Care Interest Group
  • Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • American College of Physicians
Honors & Awards
  • Honorable mention for partnership in prevention - SHEA-APIC Partnership in Prevention Award 2010, Fifth Decennial International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections
  • Fellow 2012, American College of Physicians
  • IMPACT award 2015, University of Cincinnati Medical Center
  • Fellow 2016, Infectious Diseases Society of America
Books & Publications
Research
  • Process improvement
  • Multidrug resistant Gram-negative organisms
  • Healthcare acquired infections