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: http://infectionpreventioninaging.org




Published Articles:


  1. Min L, Galecki A, Mody L. Functional disability and nursing resource use are predictive of antimicrobial resistance in nursing homes. J Am Geriatr Soc 2015;63(4):659-66.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25857440
  2. Mody L. Preventing aspiration pneumonia in high-risk NH residents: Role of chlorhexidine-based oral care questioned again. Clin Infect Dis, Mar 2015; 60:858-59. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25520334
  3. Mody L, Krein S, Saint S et al. A Targeted Infection Prevention (TIP) Intervention in nursing home residents with indwelling devices: a randomized clinical trial. JAMA Intern Med 2015; 175(5):714-23. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25775048
  4. Mody L, Meddings J, Krein S et al. Enhancing Resident Safety by Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infection: A National Initiative to Reduce Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections in Nursing Homes. Clin Infect Dis 2015;61(1):86-94.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25814630
  5. Chopra V, Montoya A, Joshi D, Becker C, Brant A, McGuirk H, Clark J, Harrod M, Kuhn L, Mody L. Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter Use in Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Pilot Study. J Am Geriatr Soc 2015;63(9):1894-99. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26312402
  6. Roghmann MC, Johnson JK, Sorkin JD, Langenberg P, Lydecker A, Sorace B, Levy L, Mody L. Transmission of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) to Healthcare Worker Gowns and Gloves During Care of Nursing Home Residents. Infect Control Hosp Epid 2015; 36(9):1050-57. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26008727
  7. Mody L, Gibson K, Horcher A, Prenovost K, McNamara SE, Foxman B, Kaye KS, Bradley S. Prevalence of and Risk Factors for Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii Colonization Among High-Risk Nursing Home Residents. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2015; 36(10):1155-62. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26072936
  8. Mody L, Crnich C. Effects of Excessive Antibiotic Use in Nursing Homes. JAMA Intern Med 2015; 175(8):1339-41. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26121096
  9. Crnich C, Jump R, Trautner B, Sloane PD, Mody L. Optimizing Antibiotic Stewardship in Nursing Homes: A Narrative Review and Recommendations for Improvement. Drugs and Aging 2015; 32(9):699-716. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26316294
  10. Manu E, Mody L, McNamara S, Vitale C. Advance Directives and Care Received by Older Nursing Home Residents. Am J Hosp Palliat Care 2015; epub Oct 2015 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26494830



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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