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Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD
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Associate Chief Clinical Research Officer, CHOP Research Institute

Dr. Gerber's research focuses on the epidemiology and outcomes of antimicrobial use in children, in both hospital and ambulatory settings.



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Dr. Gerber's research focuses on antimicrobial stewardship in both hospital and ambulatory settings, and is funded by NIH, PCORI, AHRQ, and CDC. Specifically, his research focuses on the epidemiology and outcomes of antibiotic use in children with the goal of improving clinical outcomes while limiting the emergence of antimicrobial resistance.

In general, Dr. Gerber’s approach has been to benchmark antimicrobial use across clinical settings to identify high-impact targets for improvement, followed by comparative effectiveness studies for clinical scenarios where practice variability exists in the absence of evidence; interventions to implement and disseminate evidence-based practice where prescribing guidelines do exist; and qualitative assessments of the clinician, practice, or institution-level factors that might drive antimicrobial prescribing.

Education and Training

BA, University of Notre Dame (Psychology), 1994

MD, Temple University School of Medicine, 2003

PhD, Temple University School of Medicine (Microbiology and Immunology), 2003

MS, University of Pennsylvania (Epidemiology), 2010

Titles and Academic Titles

Associate Chief Clinical Research Officer, CHOP Research Institute

Attending Physician

Distinguished Chair in the Department of Pediatrics

Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003-

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2006-

Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2006-

Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, 2010-


Professional Awards

IDWeek Program Committee Choice Award, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2012

Excellence in Teaching Epidemiology Award, Penn Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, 2016

Marjorie A. Bowman New Investigator Research Award, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 2016

Caroline B. Hall Clinically Innovative Research Award, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, 2016

Publication Highlights

Tribble AC, Ross RK, Gerber JS. Comparison of Antibiotic Prescribing for Pediatric Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Children's and Non-Children's Hospitals. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Feb; 173(2):190-192. PMID: 30534969
Gerber JS, Ross RK, Bryan M, Localio AR, Szymczak JE, Wasserman R, Barkman D, Odeniyi F, Conaboy K, Bell L, Zaoutis TE, Fiks AG. Association of Broad- vs Narrow-Spectrum Antibiotics With Treatment Failure, Adverse Events, and Quality of Life in Children With Acute Respiratory Tract Infections. JAMA. 2017 Dec; 318(23):2325-2336. PMID: 29260224
Gerber JS, Bryan M, Ross RK, Daymont C, Parks EP, Localio AR, Grundmeier RW, Stallings VA, Zaoutis TE. Antibiotic Exposure During the First 6 Months of Life and Weight Gain During Childhood. JAMA. 2016 Mar; 22-29;315(12):1258-65. PMID: 27002447
Gerber JS, Prasad PA, Localio RA, Fiks AG, Grundmeier RW, Bell LM, Wasserman RC, Keren R, Zaoutis TE. Variation in Antibiotic Prescribing Across a Pediatric Primary Care Network. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015 Dec; 4(4):297-304. PMID: 26582868
Gerber JS, Prasad PA, Fiks AG, Localio AR, Grundmeier RW, Bell LM, Wasserman RC, Keren R, Zaoutis TE. Effect of an outpatient antimicrobial stewardship intervention on broad-spectrum antibiotic prescribing by primary care pediatricians: a randomized trial. JAMA. 2012 Jun; 309(22):2345-52. PMID: 23757082

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