Lona Mody, M.D., M.Sc.

Amanda Sanford Hickey Professor of Internal Medicine
Associate Division Chief, Geriatric & Palliative Care Medicine
Director, UM Pepper Center Pilot & Exploratory Studies Core
Associate Director, Clinical and Translational Research, Geriatrics Center

University of Michigan Geriatrics

300 North Ingalls

Room 914

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2007


Dr. Mody is Amanda Sanford Hickey Professor of Internal Medicine and directs the Center for Research and Innovations in Special Populations (CRIISP). She is a tenured professor at Michigan Medicine and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.

Funded by NIA, AHRQ, UM Pepper Center, CDC, VA and Foundations, her research defines the clinical and molecular epidemiology of antimicrobial resistant pathogens and develop novel interventions to prevent them. In order to achieve her goals, she collaborates with investigators across the translational spectrum and disciplines, including infectious diseases, hospital medicine, molecular epidemiology, health outcomes researchers, nursing and health policy.

In an NIH-R01 randomized controlled study, her team evaluated a multi-modal targeted infection-prevention (TIP) intervention to prevent resistant organisms and infections in post-acute and long-term care residents with indwelling devices. This innovative work led to a successful AHRQ contract to implement our intervention in over 500 facilities across 50 states in the US. Funded by another NIH-R01, she defined the complex relationship between antimicrobial resistance, functional disability and the role of regional networks in transmission of resistant pathogens and developed interventions to disrupt this transmission. In another study, funded by the VA CSR&D Merit Review, she studies transmission of drug resistant organisms in common use areas by hospitalized patients and downstream consequences of these events.

Her most recent funding – Revolutionizing Precision Health Among Older Adults involving the UM and two academic institutions in Israel will address major challenges related to healthy aging including understanding and preventing common recurring infections that decrease quality and quantity of life. Funded by NIA, she has led many clinical, research and training initiatives during COVID-19 Pandemic with an explicit focus on older adults.

She directs her division’s T32 training grant and with support from NIA K24 is actively involved in mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists. She and her mentees have published in high impact journals such as JAMA, JAMA Internal Medicine, Clinical Infectious Diseases, J of American Geriatrics Society and PNAS. She has published several career development articles particularly on work-life balance.


Link to CV


For information on current research: https://criisp-mody.lab.medicine.umich.edu/home


Published Articles:

  1. Montoya A et al. Partnering with local hospitals and public health to manage COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc.
  2. Mody L et al; SHEA Research Committee. COVID-19 Research Agenda for Healthcare Epidemiology. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol.
  3. Jones K et al. When Planning meets reality: COVID-19 Interpandemic survey of Michigan Nursing Homes. Am J Infect Control.
  4. Gontjes KJ et al. Can alternative anatomical sites and environmental surveillance replace perianal screening for multidrug-resistant organisms in nursing homes? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol.
  5. Gibson KE et al. Multidrug-resistant organism (MDRO) contamination of privacy curtains in nursing homes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol.
  6. Wang J et al. Gut microbiota features on nursing homes admission are associated with subsequent acquisition of antibiotic resistant organism colonization. Clin Infect Dis.
  7. Wang J et al. Application of combined genomic and transfer analyses to identify factors mediating regional spread of antibiotic resistant bacterial lineages. Clin Infect Dis.
  8. Gontjes KJ et al. Assessment of race and sex as risk factors for colonization with multidrug-resistant organisms in six nursing homes. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol.
  9. Quigley et al. COVID-19 preparedness in nursing homes in the midst of the pandemic. J Am Geriatr Soc.
  10. Jones KM et al. COVID-19 Preparedness in Michigan Nursing Homes. J Am Geriatr Soc.
  11. Furono JP et al. Several roads lead to Rome: Operationalizing antibiotic stewardship programs in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc.
  12. Gontjes K et al. Contamination of common area and rehabilitation gym environment with multidrug-resistant organisms. J Am Geriatr Soc.


Media Interviews:

  1. February 28, 2020: US News: To discuss epidemiology of COVID-19 including impact on older adults
  2. March 4, 2020: Washington Post: To discuss status of COVID-19 preparedness in US
  3. March 18, 2020: Drs. Lona Mody and John Mills were guests on the Geripal podcast in the first of a series about COVID-19. In this episode, they discussed terminology and epidemiology of COVID-19, and what can be done to protect older and vulnerable patients.
  4. April 5, 2020: Washington Post: To discuss a large COVID-19 outbreak in a Maryland Nursing Homes 
  5. April 24, 2020: Dr. Mody was a guest on NPR’s Here & Now to discuss the CDC’s announcement that all nursing homes should disclose cases to residents and the public. She provided expertise as to why nursing homes are so susceptible to the virus.
  6. May 22, 2020: Dr. Mody was a guest on NPR’s Michigan Public Radio to discuss pandemic planning for nursing homes and testing strategies.
  7. July 9, 2020: Drs. Lona Mody and John Mills were interviewed by the Washington Post regarding the safety of environmental practices during the pandemic.

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests: Geriatrics and infectious diseases

Research Interests: Infections and antimicrobial resistance in long-term care, pneumonia in older adults, and quality of care in nursing homes


Medical School: Smt NHL Medical College, Ahmedabad, India, 1992

Residency: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey, Internal Medicine, 1997

Fellowship: Internal Medicine Geriatrics, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1999

Board Certification: Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine

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