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Darren R. Linkin, MD, MSCE

Darren R. Linkin, MD, MSCE Physician

Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Veteran's Administration Medical Center

Dr. Linkin is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties

Specialty:

  • Infectious Diseases

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Infectious Disease, 2002

Clinical Expertise:

  • Aspergillosis
  • Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)
  • C. Difficile (Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea)
  • Cellulitis
  • Flu (Influenza)
  • Flu Shot Vaccination
  • Genital Warts (Condyloma Acuminatum)
  • Hepatitis
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV)
  • HIV and AIDS
  • Joint Infection
  • Lyme Disease
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • Mycobacterium
  • Pneumonia
  • Prosthetic Joint Infection
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Shingles
  • Staph Infection
  • Swollen Lymph Nodes
  • Syphilis
  • Travelers' Diarrhea
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
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Insurance Accepted

  • OPR Medicare
  • OPR New Jersey Medicaid
  • OPR Pennsylvania Medicaid

Education and Training

Medical School: Chicago Medical School
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Memberships

Center for Occupational Safety and Infection Control, Veterans Health Administration, Study Section and Organization, National Facilities and Supplies Working Group, Pandemic Influenza Planning, Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Medical Advisory Committee, Philadelphia Department of Health, Local FDA, Drug Safety and Risk Management Advisory Committee, National Infectious Diseases Expert Physician Panel, Veterans Health Administration National MRSA Education Program, National Infectious Diseases Society of America, National NIH Loan Repayment Program Ambassador Network, National Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Linkin is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: On the medical staff, but does not have privileges to treat patients in the hospital.

Research

Description of Research Expertise:

Dr. Linkin's research interests are in hospital infection control, specifically influenza vaccination and the epidemiology of healthcare associated infections.

Key Words: Antimicrobial use/stewardship, hospital antimicrobial resistance, hospital-acquired infections, clinical epidemiology, patient-oriented research

Selected Publications:

Cluzet VC, Gerber JS, Nachamkin I, Coffin SE, Davis MF, Julian KG, Zaoutis TE, Metlay JP, Linkin DR, Tolomeo P, Wise JA, Bilker WB, Hu B, Lautenbach E: Factors associated with persistent colonisation with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Epidemiol Infect 145 (7): 1409-1417,2017.

Reid MJA, Steenhoff AP, Thompson J, Gabaitiri L, Cary MS, Steele K, Mayisela S, Dickinson D, Ehrenkranz P, Friedman HM, Linkin DR: Evaluation of the effect of cellular SMS reminders on consistency of antiretroviral therapy pharmacy pickups in HIV-infected adults in Botswana: a randomized controlled trial Health Psychol Behav Med 5 (1): 101-109,2017.

Cluzet VC, Gerber JS, Metlay JP, Nachamkin I, Zaoutis TE, Davis MF, Julian KG, Linkin DR, Coffin SE, Margolis DJ, Hollander JE, Bilker WB, Han X, Mistry RD, Gavin LJ, Tolomeo P, Wise JA, Hu B, Fishman NO, Royer D, Lautenbach E, for the CDC Prevention Epicenter Program: The Effect of Total Household Decolonization on Clearance of Colonization with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 37 (10): 1226-33,2016.

Cluzet VC, Gerber JS, Nachamkin I, Metlay JP, Zaoutis TE, Davis MF, Julian KG, Linkin DR, Coffin SE, Margolis DJ, Hollander JE, Bilker WB, Han X, Mistry RD, Gavin LJ, Tolomeo P, Wise JA, Wheeler MK, Hu B, Fishman NO, Royer D, Lautenbach E: Risk Factors for Recurrent Colonization With Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Community-Dwelling Adults and Children Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 36 (7): 786-793,2015.

Richardson DM, Medvedeva EL, Roberts CB, Linkin DR, for the CDC Prevention Epicenter Program: Comparative Effectiveness of High-Dose versus Standard-Dose Influenza Vaccination in Community-Dwelling Veterans Clin Infect Dis 61 (2): 171-176,2015.

Morgan DJ, Braun B, Milstone A, Anderson D, Lautenbach E, Safdar N, Drees M, Meddings J, Linkin D, Croft L, Pineles L, Diekema D, Harris AD: Lessons Learned from Hospital Ebola Preparation Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 36 (6): 627-631,2015.

Cluzet VC, Gerber JS, Nachamkin I, Metlay JP, Zaoutis TE, Davis MF, Julian KG, Royer D, Linkin DR, Coffin SE, Margolis DJ, Hollander JE, Mistry RK, Gavin LJ, Tolomeo P, Wise JA, Wheeler MK, Bilker WB, Han X, Hu B, Fishman NO, Lautenbach E: Duration of Colonization and Determinants of Earlier Clearance of Colonization with Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Clin Infect Dis 60 (20): 1489-1496,2015.

Cluzet VC, Lautenbach E, Nachamkin I, Cary MS, Fishman NO, Shih N, Morales KW, Linkin DR: Risk Factors for gyrA and parC Mutations in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 36 (4): 387-393,2015.

Yates F, Janakiraman A, Headly A Linkin DR, Vinnard C: Attitudes Towards Latent Tuberculosis Among Physicians in Training: the Role of BCG Vaccination J Community Health 40 (2): 364-366,2015.

Caroff DA, Norris AH, Keller S, Vinnard C, Zeitler KE, Lukaszewicz J, Zborowski KA, Linkin DR: Catheter-Salvage in Home Infusion Patients with Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Am J Infect Control 42 (12): 1331-1333,2014.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Infectious Diseases, Philadelphia Veterans Medical Center, 3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104