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Dr. Robert W. Haley


Dr. Robert W. Haley, a UT Southwestern faculty member since 1983, founded the Division of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at UT Southwestern. He has been an attending physician at the Dallas Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital and serves on the infection control committees of Parkland and Zale Lipshy University Hospital. He is certified as a specialist by the American Board of Public Health and general Preventive Medicine, is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and of the American College of Epidemiology and served as senior editor of the American Journal of Epidemiology.Dr. Haley has conducted extensive research on the epidemiology and prevention of hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections to improve the quality of hospital care. He has published more than 100 articles and abstracts in scientific journals. Topics of particular interest include the efficacy of hospital infection control programs, multivariate intrinsic risk indexes for use in comparing hospitals' infection rates, the costs of nosocomial infections and cost-benefit analysis, descriptive epidemiology of nosocomial infections and infection control programs and systems of reducing infection risks.His most recent research, funded by the Perot Foundation, has been to find the cause of Gulf War syndrome in veterans of the Persian Gulf War. Following publication of initial findings in the Jan. 15, 1997 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association, he has been researching tests or treatment for ill veterans with funding from the Department of Defense and the Perot Foundation. He is also holder of the U.S. Armed Forces Veterans Distinguished Chair for Medical Research, Honoring Robert Haley, M.D., and America's Gulf War Veterans.He spent 10 years, from 1973 to 1983, at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), where he served as a commissioned officer in the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a resident in Preventive Medicine, director of the Hospital Infections Program and director of the nationwide Study on the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control (SENIC) project. He received the U.S. Public Health Service Commendation medal for his work.

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