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Dr. Fitzpatrick’s research interests include multi-drug resistant bacterial infections, hospital epidemiology, and prevention of hospital-acquired infection. She received her MD from Washington University School of Medicine in 2007 and then completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases fellowship at Northwestern University. During her fellowship, she conducted various research projects pertaining to hospital epidemiology, infection control, and multidrug resistant bacteria. She also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation degree. Dr. Fitzpatrick completed an HSR&D post-doctoral fellowship at CINCCH and worked with her mentor, Dr. Charlesnika Evans, on multiple projects that examined the epidemiology of multidrug-resistant organisms in patients with spinal cord injury – a population at high risk for infection and complications from multidrug-resistant organisms. Dr. Fitzpatrick also completed a project evaluating the clinical impact of bacteriuria in patients with spinal cord injury prior to surgery. She is now an Associate Investigator at CINCCH and actively pursuing extramural funding for a career development award focused on improving management of urinary tract infections in patients with bladder dysfunction due to chronic neurologic diseases. She also remains involved in several other infectious-diseases related health services projects led by Dr. Evans and other CINCCH investigators. Dr. Fitzpatrick is involved with the CINCCH focus area: Improving care and care delivery for Veterans with Neurological Conditions.