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Paul J. Carson, MD, FACP

Professor of Practice
Master of Public Health Program
206F Research 2  


Bachelor of Arts, Natural Science, 1982 
St. John’s University

Doctor of Medicine, 1986
University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Internal Medicine Residency, 1986-1990
University of Nebraska

Fellowship in Infectious Diseases, 1991-1993
University of Minnesota

Clinical Site

Director of Infection Prevention and Control
Sanford Health, Fargo, ND


Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases through the American Board of Internal Medicine

Areas of Expertise and Research Interests

Vaccination practice and policy
Hospital epidemiology
Drug-resistant micro-organisms
Antimicrobial stewardship
West Nile virus infection


Faculty member, Master of Public Health Program, infectious disease track
Advisor and practicum mentor, infectious disease track MPH students 

Professional Memberships

Infectious Disease Society of America
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America
American College of Physicians
Catholic Medical Association

Awards and Honors

Fellow of the American College of Physicians
Member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society
UND Transitional Year resident’s “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” - 1997
Best Doctors in America 


MPH 735 Principles of Infectious Diseases I
MPH 736 Principles of Infectious Diseases II

Selected Publications

Guerrero D, Wagner M, Carson G, Hanish C, Thompson J, Orr M, Roth F, Carson PJ.  Utility of a single nasal PCR assay in predicting absence of skin and environmental contamination of hospitalized patients with past MRSA.  Accepted October 2015, American Journal of Infection Control

Carson PJ, Danford M, Carson G, Hanish C, Thompson J, Roth F, Orr M, Traynor M, Guerrero D.  Bringing Down the Flag: Streamlining the Growing Population of Patients on Contact Precautions for Prior Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Infection or Colonization.  Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.  February 2015, pp 1-3.  

Carson PJ, Prince HE, Biggerstaff BJ, Lanciotti R, Tobler L, Busch M.  Characteristics of antibody responses in West Nile virus seropositive blood donors.  J Clin Micro.  Oct, 2013.  Epub ahead of print.

Nowak M, Nelson RN, Breidenbach J, Thompson P, Carson PJ.  Clinical and economic outcomes of a prospective antimicrobial stewardship program.  American J Health-Syst Pharm.  Vol 69, Sep 1, 2012.

Petersen LR, Carson PJ, Biggerstaff BJ, Custer B, Borchardt SM, Busch MP.  Estimated cumulative incidence of West Nile virus infection in US adults, 1999-2010. Epidemiol Infect. 2012 May 28:1-5. 

Carson PJ, Borchardt SM, Custer B, et al.  Neuroinvasive disease and West Nile virus infection, North Dakota, USA, 1999-2008. Emerging Infectious Diseases. Vol. 18, No. 4, April 2012

 Carson PJ, Konewko P, Wold KS, Mariani P, Goli S, Bergloff P, Crosby RD.  Long-Term clinical and neuropsychological outcomes of West Nile virus infection.  Clin Infect Dis Sep 2006; Vol 43:723-730.

Carson PJ, Steidler T, Patron R, Tate JM, Tight R, Smego RA.  Plasma cell pleocytosis in cerebrospinal fluid in patients with West Nile Virus encephalitis.  Clin Infect Dis Jul 2003; Vol 37

Carson PJ, Nichol KL, O’Brien J, Hilo P, Janoff EN.  Immune function and vaccine responses in healthy advanced elderly patients.  Arch Intern Med 2000; 160(13):2017-24.

Carson PJ, Schut RL, Simpson ML, O'Brien J, Janoff EN.  Antibody class subclass responses to pneumococcal polysaccharides following immunization of HIV-infected patients.  J Infect Dis 1995; 172:340-5.




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