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Stephanie A. Fritz, MD

Current Position
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases

Specialty Areas
Pediatric Infectious Disease

Additional Features & Interviews with Dr. Fritz:

Recent Study About Transmission of Staph Aureus in Children

Patients Seen At
St Louis Children's Hospital
One Children's Place
St. Louis, MO  63110
314 454 4115
Fax:   314-454-2836
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics, Campus Box 8116
660 S. Euclid Ave
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Pediatric infectious diseases, staph aureus, MRSA, MSSA, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis, orthopedic infections, pediatric infections including lymphadenitis, bone and joint infections, pneumonia, tick-borne infections, anti-microbial-resistant infections, diagnostic medicine

Areas of Research Interest
Dr Fritz is especially interested in the etiology and control of community-acquired Staph. aureus infections in children.  She studies the epidemiology, microbial virulence mechanisms, and host defenses against community-asscociated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) colonization and disease.   In addition, she is investigating the efficacy of potential decolonization measures, specifically improved household hygiene measures, mupirocin ointment, chlorhexidine antiseptic, and dilute bleach water, in the eradication of CA-MRSA from the nose and skin of patients with skin and soft tissue infections.

Board Certification
Pediatrics -- Certified
Pediatric Infectious Diseases -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S., : University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 1997
Medical School: Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison WI, 2001
Residency: Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, 2004
Fellowship (Research): Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Washington University, St. Louis MO, 2007
MS Clinical Investigation : Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis MO, 2008
Hospital Affiliations
St. Louis Children's Hospital, St Louis

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
Rodriguez M, Hogan PG, Krauss M, Warren DK, Fritz SA. Measurement and Impact of Staphylococcus aureus Colonization Pressure in Households. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2013 Jun;2(2):147-154. Epub 2013 Feb 11.

Fritz SA, Tiemann KM, Hogan PG, Epplin EK, Rodriguez M, Al-Zubeidi DN, Bubeck Wardenburg J, Hunstad DA. A serologic correlate of protective immunity against community-onset Staphylococcus aureus infection. Clin Infect Dis. 2013 Jun;56(11):1554-61.

Fritz SA, Schnitzler J, Eronen JT, Hof C, Böhning-Gaese K, Graham CH. Diversity in time and space: wanted dead and alive. Trends Ecol Evol. 2013 May 29.

Holt BG, Lessard JP, Borregaard MK, Fritz SA, Araújo MB, Dimitrov D, Fabre PH, Graham CH, Graves GR, Jønsson KA, Nogués-Bravo D, Wang Z, Whittaker RJ, Fjeldså J, Rahbek C. An update of Wallace's zoogeographic regions of the world. Science. 2013 Jan 4;339(6115):74-8.

Fritz SA, Hogan PG, Camins BC, Ainsworth AJ, Patrick C, Martin MS, Krauss MJ, Rodriguez M, Burnham CA. Mupirocin and chlorhexidine resistance in Staphylococcus aureus in patients with community-onset skin and soft tissue infections. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2013 Jan;57(1):559-68.

El Feghaly RE, Stamm JE, Fritz SA, Burnham CA. Presence of the bla(Z) beta-lactamase gene in isolates of Staphylococcus aureus that appear penicillin susceptible by conventional phenotypic methods. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 Dec;74(4):388-93.

Fritz SA, Long M, Gaebelein CJ, Martin MS, Hogan PG, Yetter J. Practices and procedures to prevent the transmission of skin and soft tissue infections in high school athletes. J Sch Nurs. 2012 Oct;28(5):389-96. Epub 2012 Apr 3.

Fritz SA, Hogan PG, Hayek G, Eisenstein KA, Rodriguez M, Krauss M, Garbutt J, Fraser VJ. Staphylococcus aureus colonization in children with community-associated Staphylococcus aureus skin infections and their household contacts. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012 Jun 1;166(6):551-7.

Jønsson KA, Fabre PH, Fritz SA, Etienne RS, Ricklefs RE, Jørgensen TB, Fjeldså J, Rahbek C, Ericson PG, Woog F, Pasquet E, Irestedt M. Ecological and evolutionary determinants for the adaptive radiation of the Madagascan vangas. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Apr 24;109(17):6620-5.

Fritz SA, Hogan PG, Hayek G, Eisenstein KA, Rodriguez M, Epplin EK, Garbutt J, Fraser VJ.  Household versus individual approaches to eradication of community-associated Staphylococcus aureus in children: a randomized trial. Clin Infect Dis. 2012 Mar;54(6):743-51.

Fritz SA, Jønsson KA, Fjeldså J, Rahbek C. Diversification and biogeographic patterns in four island radiations of passerine birds. Evolution. 2012 Jan;66(1):179-90.

Fritz SA, Camins BC, Eisenstein KA, Fritz JM, Epplin EK, Burnham CA, Dukes J, Storch GA.  Effectiveness of measures to eradicate Staphylococcus aureus carriage in patients with community-associated skin and soft-tissue infections: a randomized trial. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011 Sep;32(9):872-80.

Turvey ST, Fritz SA. The ghosts of mammals past: biological and geographical patterns of global mammalian extinction across the Holocene. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2011 Sep 12;366(1577):2564-76.

Purvis A, Fritz SA, Rodríguez J, Harvey PH, Grenyer R. The shape of mammalian phylogeny: patterns, processes and scales. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2011 Sep 12;366(1577):2462-77.

Fritz SA, Krauss MJ, Epplin EK, Burnham CA, Garbutt J, Dunne WM, Hunstad DA, Storch GA. The natural history of contemporary Staphylococcus aureus nasal colonization in community children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Apr;30(4):349-51.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Stephanie Fritz.

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