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Judith A. O'Donnell, MD

Judith A. O'Donnell, MD Physician

Director, Department of Infectious Prevention and Control, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Hospital Epidemiologist, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Section Chief, Infectious Diseases Division, PPMC Professor of Clinical Medicine

Dr. O'Donnell is employed by Penn Medicine.

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About Dr. Judith A. O'Donnell

Recognized by Best Doctors in America 2003-2004, 2007-2008, 2009-2010, 2011-2012

Clinical Specialties


  • Infectious Diseases

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Infectious Disease, 1994

Clinical Expertise:

  • C. Difficile (Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea)
  • Hospital Epidemiology
  • Hospital-Acquired Infections
  • Lyme Disease
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

Description of Clinical Expertise

Clostridium Difficile Diarrhea, Hospital Epidemiology, Hospital-Acquired Infections, Lyme Disease, Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD), Urinary Tract Infection (UTI

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: Temple University School of Medicine
Residency: Temple University Hospital
Fellowship: Temple University Hospital


American College of Physicians, National American Sexually Transmitted Diseases Association, National American Society of Microbiology, National Baltimore STD/HIV Prevention Training Center, Baltimore, MD, Local Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , National Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), National Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA, Local Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), National Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. O'Donnell is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Gelone SP, Pacetti S, O'Donnell JA: Principles of Antimicrobial Therapy Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice: A Practical Approach, Fourth Edition : 111-134,2017.

See I, Chang J, Gualandi N, Buser GL, Rohrbach P, Smeltz DA, Bellush MJ, Coffin SE, Gould JM, Hess D, Hennessey P, Hubbard S, Kiernan A, O'Donnell J, Pegues DA, Miller JR, Magill SS: Clinical Correlates of Surveillance Events Detected by National Healthcare Safety Network Pneumonia and Lower Respiratory Infection Definitions-Pennsylvania, 2011-2012 Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 37 (7): 818-824,2016.

Mull N, Feiler A, Dutcher L, Patel N, Major-Joynes B, Sitha D, Alby K, O'Donnell JA, Pegues DA, Mitchell MD, Cavella A and Umscheid CA: Development and implementation of an evidence-based pathway for the evaluation of catheter-associated UTI (CAUTI) in an academic health system Society of Hospital Medicine Annual Meeting, San Diego,CA : 2016.

Horneff JG3rd, Hsu JE, Voleti PB, O'Donnell J, Huffman GR: Propionibacterium acnes infection in shoulder arthroscopy patients with postoperative pain J Shoulder and Elbow Surg 24 (6): 838-843,2015.

O’Donnell J, Ryan G, Glaser L, Alby K, Bernard D: Mycobacterium avium complex Pseudo-outbreak Investigation in Patients Undergoing Bronchoscopy Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) Spring 2015 Conference: Science Guiding Prevention Orlando, FL : 2015.

See I, Chang J, Gualandi N, Buser G, Rohrbach P, Smith DA, Bellush MJ, Coffin SE, Gould JM, Hess D, Hennessey P, Hubbard S, Kiernan A, O'Donnell JA, Pegues DA, Miller J, Magill S: Evaluating Clinical Credibility of Surveillance Definitions for Healthcare-Associated Pneumonia and Lower Respiratory Tract Infections Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) ID Week 2014 Conference Philadelphia, PA : 2014.

Cimino C, Binkley A, Edwards C, Maniglia R, Kasbaker N, Evans D, Dougherty T, Boedec C: Impact of a Clinical Decision Support Tool in The Emergency Department on Antimicrobial Prescribing Patterns for the treatment of Pneumonia Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) ID Week 2014 Conference, Philadelphia PA : 2014.

Amanda Binkley, Danielle Evans, Christopher Edwards, Tanya Dougherty, Judith A. O'Donnell, Nishaminy Kasbekar,: Evaluation of the Impact of a Clinical Decision Support Tool and Pharmacist Telephone Consultation within 48 hours of Discharge on Unscheduled Emergency Department Encounters for Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) ID Week 2014 Conference Philadelphia, PA : 2014.

O’Donnell JA, Gelone SP, Safdar A: Topical Antibacterials Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, Eighth Edition : 452-62,2014.

Sewick A, Makani A, Wu C, O'Donnell J, Baldwin KD, Lee GC: Does dual antibiotic prophylaxis better prevent surgical site infections in total joint arthroplasty? Clin Orthop Relat Res 470 (10): 2702-2707,2012.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Infectious Diseases
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
3910 Powelton Avenue, 4th floor

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: 215-662-8729
Fax: 215-243-3272
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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