Sarah Parker, MD
Professor, Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases

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Medical School:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1995)
Undergraduate School:
  • BA, University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1990)
Internship:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (1996)
Residency:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Pediatrics (1998)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2001)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases

Professional Titles

  • Medical Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Recognition & Awards

  • NICU Provider of the Week, Children's Hospital Colorado (2018)
  • Top Doctor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Colorado, Colorado Parent Magazine (2017)
  • 5280 Top Doctor, 5280 Magazine (2017)
    Awarded 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017
  • Excellence in Quality and Patient Safety Award, Children's Hospital Colorado (2015)
    This award honors a multidisciplinary team in the hospital who has made an outstanding contribution to organizational performance improvement, patient safety, and clinical outcomes.
  • Provider of the Month, Children's Hospital Colorado (2015)
    Nomination was based on outstanding work in developing and implementing the antimicrobial stewardship program as well as your work to optimize the care guideline for musculoskeletal infections. The nomination recognized your diligence, attention to detail, and inclusiveness of all key stakeholders in promoting quality and excellence in all that you do.

Research Interests

Sarah Parker, MD is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician and Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Her research interests are judicious use of antimicrobials in pediatric patients, antimicrobial dosing in pediatrics, quality improvement, and orthopedic infections.

Teaching

  • Please see CV (2001)
    School of Medicine, Pediatrics

Publications

  • Wattier RL, Thurm CW, Parker SK, Banerjee R, Hersh AL. Indirect Standardization as a Case Mix Adjustment Method to Improve Comparison of Children's Hospitals' Antimicrobial Use. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 Dec 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33320178
  • Prinzi AM, Parker SK, Curtis DJ, Ziniel SI. The Pediatric Endotracheal Aspirate Culture Survey (PETACS): Examining Practice Variation Across Pediatric Microbiology Laboratories in the United States. J Clin Microbiol. 2020 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33298605
  • DeVine MN, Maxwell S, Haynes AS, MacBrayne CE, Boguniewicz J. Management of an Immunocompromised Pediatric Patient With Multiple Hospitalizations for Symptomatic COVID-19. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2020 Nov 23. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33235142
  • Zembles TN, MacBrayne CE, Mitchell ML, Parker SK. Lessons Learned from Virtual Handshake Stewardship During a Pandemic. Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf. 2020 Oct 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33221257
  • DeVine MN, MacBrayne CE, Williams MC, Pearce K, Wickstrom K, Donaldson N, Parker SK, Searns JB. Long-Term Impact of a Clinical Care Guideline for Pediatric Acute Musculoskeletal Infections: Are Improved Outcomes Sustainable?. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Dec;10(12):1107-1113. PubMed PMID: 33154082
  • Searns JB, Williams MC, MacBrayne CE, Wirtz AL, Leonard JE, Boguniewicz J, Parker SK, Grubenhoff JA. Handshake antimicrobial stewardship as a model to recognize and prevent diagnostic errors. Diagnosis (Berl). 2020 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33112779
  • MacBrayne CE, Williams MC, Obermeier H, Child J, Heizer JW, Millard M, Pearce K, Dugan C, Parker SK. Anti-infective Waste in a Pediatric Institution: Pinpointing Problems in the Process. Hosp Pharm. 2020 Aug;55(4):220-223. PubMed PMID: 32742009
  • MacBrayne CE, Williams MC, Poole NM, Pearce K, Cotter JM, Parker SK. Inpatient Treatment of Acute Otitis Media at a Pediatric Hospital: A Missed Teaching Opportunity for Antimicrobial Stewardship. Hosp Pediatr. 2020 Jul;10(7):615-619. PubMed PMID: 32554625
  • Dodson DS, Dominguez SR, MacBrayne CE, Williams MC, Parker SK. Vancomycin-Nonsusceptible Enterococci Mediated by vanC at a Large Children's Hospital: Prevalence, Susceptibility, and Impact on Care of Enterococcal Bacteremia. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 May;7(5):ofaa160. PubMed PMID: 32478121
  • MacBrayne CE, Williams MC, Levek C, Child J, Pearce K, Birkholz M, Todd JK, Hurst AL, Parker SK. Sustainability of Handshake Stewardship: Extending a Hand Is Effective Years Later. Clin Infect Dis. 2020 May 23;70(11):2325-2332. PubMed PMID: 31584641
  • Searns JB, Gralla J, Parker SK, Dominguez SR. Potential Clinical Effects of a Novel Rapid Diagnostic Panel for Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infections. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Jul 13;9(3):382-385. PubMed PMID: 31194251
  • MacBrayne CE, Williams MC, Levek C, Child J, Pearce K, Birkholz M, Todd JK, Hurst AL, Parker SK. Sustainability of Handshake Stewardship: Extending a Hand Is Effective Years Later. Clin Infect Dis. 2019 Oct 4. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31584641
  • Searns JB, Gralla J, Parker SK, Dominguez SR. Potential Clinical Effects of a Novel Rapid Diagnostic Panel for Pediatric Musculoskeletal Infections. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2019 Jun 13. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 31194251
  • Williams MC, Obermeier H, Hurst AL, Saporta-Keating SR, Pearce K, MacBrayne CE, Child J, Parker SK. Hospital-wide Description of Clinical Indications for Pediatric Anti-infective Use. Clin Ther. 2019 Aug;41(8):1605-1611.e0. PubMed PMID: 31196642
  • Searns JB, Robinson CC, Wei Q, Yuan J, Hamilton S, Pretty K, Donaldson N, Parker SK, Dominguez SR. Validation of a novel molecular diagnostic panel for pediatric musculoskeletal infections: Integration of the Cepheid Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI and laboratory-developed real-time PCR assays for clindamycin resistance genes and Kingella kingae detection. J Microbiol Methods. 2019 Jan;156:60-67. PubMed PMID: 30527965
  • Child J, Chen X, Mistry RD, Somme S, MacBrayne C, Anderson PL, Jones RN, Parker SK. Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Properties of Metronidazole in Pediatric Patients With Acute Appendicitis: A Prospective Study. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2019 Sep 25;8(4):297-302. PubMed PMID: 29788329
  • Hurst AL, Child J, Parker SK. Intervention and Acceptance Rates Support Handshake-Stewardship Strategy. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2019 May 11;8(2):162-165. PubMed PMID: 29912364
  • Spaulding AB, Thurm C, Courter JD, Banerjee R, Gerber JS, Newland JG, Parker SK, Brogan TV, Kronman MP, Shah SS, Smith MJ, Patel SJ, Lee BR, Hersh AL. Epidemiology of Staphylococcus aureus infections in patients admitted to freestanding pediatric hospitals, 2009-2016. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2018 Dec;39(12):1487-1490. PubMed PMID: 30370879
  • Hurst AL, Child J, Parker SK. Intervention and Acceptance Rates Support Handshake-Stewardship Strategy. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 Jun 15. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29912364
  • Brogan TV, Thurm C, Hersh AL, Gerber JS, Smith MJ, Shah SS, Courter JD, Patel SJ, Parker SK, Kronman MP, Lee BR, Newland JG. Variability in Antibiotic Use Across PICUs. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2018 Jun;19(6):519-527. PubMed PMID: 29533352
  • Searns JB, Robinson CC, Wei Q, Yuan J, Hamilton S, Pretty K, Donaldson N, Parker SK, Dominguez SR. Validation of a novel molecular diagnostic panel for pediatric musculoskeletal infections: Integration of the cepheid Xpert MRSA/SA SSTI and laboratory-developed real-time PCR assays for clindamycin resistance genes and Kingella kingae detection. J Microbiol Methods. 2018 Dec 7. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30527965
  • Nomura Y, Garcia M, Child J, Hurst AL, Hyman D, Poppy A, Palmer C, Ranade D, Pyle L, Parker SK. Effect of provider-selected order indications on appropriateness of antimicrobial orders in a pediatric hospital. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2018 Feb 15;75(4):213-221. PubMed PMID: 29436467
  • Courter JD, Parker SK, Thurm C, Kronman MP, Weissman SJ, Shah SS, Hersh AL, Brogan TV, Patel SJ, Smith MJ, Lee BR, Newland JG, Gerber JS. Accuracy of Administrative Data for Antimicrobial Administration in Hospitalized Children. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 Aug 17;7(3):261-263. PubMed PMID: 28992185
  • Child J, Chen X, Mistry RD, Somme S, MacBrayne C, Anderson PL, Jones RN, Parker SK. Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Properties of Metronidazole in Pediatric Patients With Acute Appendicitis: A Prospective Study. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2018 May 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29788329
  • Lewis-de Los Angeles WW, Thurm C, Hersh AL, Shah SS, Smith MJ, Gerber JS, Parker SK, Newland JG, Kronman MP, Lee BR, Brogan TV, Courter JD, Spaulding A, Patel SJ. Trends in Intravenous Antibiotic Duration for Urinary Tract Infections in Young Infants. Pediatrics. 2017 Dec;140(6). PubMed PMID: 29097611
  • Courter JD, Parker SK, Thurm C, Kronman MP, Weissman SJ, Shah SS, Hersh AL, Brogan TV, Patel SJ, Smith MJ, Lee BR, Newland JG, Gerber JS. Accuracy of Administrative Data for Antimicrobial Administration in Hospitalized Children. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017 Aug 18. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 28992185
  • Parker SK, Hurst AL, Thurm C, Millard M, Jenkins TC, Child J, Dugan C. Anti-infective Acquisition Costs for a Stewardship Program: Getting to the Bottom Line. Clin Infect Dis. 2017 Oct 30;65(10):1632-1637. PubMed PMID: 29020143
  • Messinger AI, Kupfer O, Hurst A, Parker S. Management of Pediatric Community-acquired Bacterial Pneumonia. Pediatr Rev. 2017 Sep;38(9):394-409. PubMed PMID: 28864731
  • Spruiell MD, Searns JB, Heare TC, Roberts JL, Wylie E, Pyle L, Donaldson N, Stewart JR, Heizer H, Reese J, Scott HF, Pearce K, Anderson CJ, Erickson M, Parker SK. Clinical Care Guideline for Improving Pediatric Acute Musculoskeletal Infection Outcomes. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2017 Sep 1;6(3):e86-e93. PubMed PMID: 28419275
  • Messacar K, Parker SK, Todd JK, Dominguez SR. Reply to "Integrated Stewardship Model Comprising Antimicrobial, Infection Prevention, and Diagnostic Stewardship (AID Stewardship)". J Clin Microbiol. 2017 Nov;55(11):3308. PubMed PMID: 29066568
  • Dantes R, Epson EE, Dominguez SR, Dolan S, Wang F, Hurst A, Parker SK, Johnston H, West K, Anderson L, Rasheed JK, Moulton-Meissner H, Noble-Wang J, Limbago B, Dowell E, Hilden JM, Guh A, Pollack LA, Gould CV. Investigation of a cluster of Clostridium difficile infections in a pediatric oncology setting. Am J Infect Control. 2016 Feb 1;44(2):138-45. PubMed PMID: 26601705
  • Messacar K, Hawkins SM, Baker J, Pearce K, Tong S, Dominguez SR, Parker S. Resource Burden During the 2014 Enterovirus D68 Respiratory Disease Outbreak at Children's Hospital Colorado: An Unexpected Strain. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Jan 19;:1-3. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26783716
  • Messacar K, Hurst AL, Child J, Campbell K, Palmer C, Hamilton S, Dowell E, Robinson CC, Parker SK, Dominguez SR. Clinical Impact and Provider Acceptability of Real-Time Antimicrobial Stewardship Decision Support for Rapid Diagnostics in Children With Positive Blood Culture Results. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2016 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27543412
  • Acker SN, Hurst AL, Bensard DD, Schubert A, Dewberry L, Gonzales D, Parker SK, Tong S, Partrick DA. Pediatric appendicitis and need for antibiotics at time of discharge: Does route of administration matter?. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jul;51(7):1170-3. PubMed PMID: 27041226
  • Stevens VW, Thurm C, Schwab EM, Kronman MP, Gerber JS, Shah SS, Newland JG, Courter J, Parker S, Brogan TV, Hersh AL. Use of Concomitant Antibiotics During Treatment for Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI) in Pediatric Inpatients: An Observational Cohort Study. Infect Dis Ther. 2016 Mar;5(1):45-51. PubMed PMID: 26972929
  • Murphy JL, Fenn N, Pyle L, Heizer H, Hughes S, Nomura Y, Child J, Parker SK. Adverse Events in Pediatric Patients Receiving Long-term Oral and Intravenous Antibiotics. Hosp Pediatr. 2016 Jun;6(6):330-8. PubMed PMID: 27220835
  • Hurst AL, Child J, Pearce K, Palmer C, Todd JK, Parker SK. Handshake Stewardship: A Highly Effective Rounding-based Antimicrobial Optimization Service. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Oct;35(10):1104-10. PubMed PMID: 27254036
  • Messacar K, Hawkins SM, Baker J, Pearce K, Tong S, Dominguez SR, Parker S. Resource Burden During the 2014 Enterovirus D68 Respiratory Disease Outbreak at Children's Hospital Colorado: An Unexpected Strain. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Mar;170(3):294-7. PubMed PMID: 26783716
  • Hurst AL, Olson D, Somme S, Child J, Pyle L, Ranade D, Stamatoiu A, Crombleholme T, Parker SK. Once-Daily Ceftriaxone Plus Metronidazole Versus Ertapenem and/or Cefoxitin for Pediatric Appendicitis. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2015 Dec 24. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26703242
  • Parker S, Mitchell M, Child J. Cephem antibiotics: wise use today preserves cure for tomorrow. Pediatr Rev. 2013 Nov;34(11):510-23; quiz 523-4. PubMed PMID: 24187143
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Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), FAAP
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), Member
  • Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Member
  • Colorado Infectious Diseases Society, Member

Practice Locations

Children's Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
13123 East 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045
720-777-1234

Hospital Affiliation
  • Children's Hospital Colorado

Specialty Information

Specialties
  • Pediatrics, Board Certification (1998)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Board Certification (2001)
Conditions & Treatments
  • Infections - Bacterial Infections
  • Infections - Fungal Infections
  • Infections - Influenza
  • Infections - Pneumonia
  • Infections - Viral Infections
  • Infections
Clinical Interests
Sarah Parker, MD is a Pediatric Infectious Diseases physician and Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. Her research interests are judicious use of antimicrobials in pediatric patients, antimicrobial dosing in pediatrics, quality improvement, and orthopedic infections.

Care Philosophy
I particularly love taking care of children, and strive to help the family and child understand the condition to be treated and how it will be treated.

Personal Interests
Time with family, fishing, skiing, travel, cooking, Spanish literature

Volunteer Activities
School science classes, guest speaker on various topics

General Information

Medical Schools:
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1995)
Undergraduate Schools:
  • BA, University of Colorado - Boulder (CO) (1990)
Internships:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program (1996)
Residency Programs:
  • University of Colorado (University Hospital) Program, Pediatrics (1998)
Fellowships:
  • University of Colorado (Children's Hospital Colorado) Program, Pediatric Infectious Diseases (2001)
Languages: English, Spanish
Department: Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases
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