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Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Director, Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Laboratory

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


David Haslam, MD, is an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center within the UC Department of Pediatrics serving both as an Infectious Diseases specialist and a clinical and translational researcher. He is the director of the Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Laboratory and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Cincinnati Children’s.

The laboratory’s main focus is on the microbiome; the community of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other organisms that live on the human body. Recently, it has become clear that the microbiome has very important contributions to human health and disease. A healthy microbiome helps protect against infection, allergy, gastrointestinal diseases, heart disease, diabetes, and diseases of premature infants.

Dr. Haslam’s research focus is to understand relationships between the microbiome and childhood health. The laboratory’s major focus has been to understand the relationships between antibiotic exposure, altered microbial ecology, and risk for subsequent infection; particularly with antibiotic-resistant bacteria. His laboratory has developed collaborations with many others at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to study the microbiome in health and disease.

Academic Affiliation

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Infectious Diseases, Autoimmune Liver Disease, Infectious Diseases

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Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

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Antibiotics Are Not Always the Answer

By David B. Haslam, MD3/2/2018

My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta.

Rotating Internship: McGill University, Montreal, Quebec.

Residency: University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Quebec.

Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.

My Publications

Association of systemic antimicrobials with the expression of beta-lactamases in bacteria cultured from urological patients. Forster, CS; Powell, EA; DeBurger, B; Courter, J; Haslam, DB; Mortensen, JE. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. 2019; 94:391-394.

Klebsiella pneumoniae ST307 with bla(OXA-181 ') South Africa, 2014-2016. Lowe, M; Kock, MM; Coetzee, J; Hoosien, E; Peirano, G; Strydom, KA; Ehlers, MM; Mbelle, NM; Shashkina, E; Haslam, DB; et al. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2019; 25:739-747.

A Pilot Study of Human Milk to Reduce Intestinal Inflammation After Bone Marrow Transplant. Khandelwal, P; Andersen, H; Romick-Rosendale, L; Taggart, CB; Watanabe, M; Lane, A; Dandoy, CE; Lake, KE; Litts, BA; Morrow, AL; et al. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2019; 14:193-202.

Commensal Candida albicans Positively Calibrates Systemic Th17 Immunological Responses. Shao, T; Ang, WX G; Jiang, TT; Huang, FS; Andersen, H; Kinder, JM; Pham, G; Burg, AR; Ruff, B; Gonzalez, T; et al. Cell Host and Microbe. 2019; 25:404-417.e6.

Reliability of the Verigene system for the identification for Gram-positive Bacteria and detection of antimicrobial resistance markers from children with bacteremia. Beckman, M; Washam, MC; DeBurger, B; Haslam, DB; Courter, JD; Andersen, H; Schaffzin, JK; Tchou, MJ; Ankrum, A; Mortensen, J. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. 2019; S0732:30474-30477.

Antibiotic Exposure and Reduced Short Chain Fatty Acid Production after Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. Romick-Rosendale, LE; Haslam, DB; Lane, A; Denson, L; Lake, K; Wilkey, A; Watanabe, M; Bauer, S; Litts, B; Luebbering, N; et al. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2018; 24:2418-2424.

Leptin receptor q223r polymorphism influences neutrophil mobilization after Clostridium difficile infection. Jose, S; Abhyankar, MM; Mukherjee, A; Xue, J; Andersen, H; Haslam, DB; Madan, R. Mucosal Immunology. 2018; 11:947-957.

Risk Factors for Staphylococcus aureus Acquisition in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: A Matched Case-Case-Control Study. Washam, MC; Ankrum, A; Haberman, BE; Staat, MA; Haslam, DB. Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. 2018; 39:46-52.

Viridans Streptococci, Abiotrophia and Granulicatella Species, and Streptococcus bovis Group. Haslam, DB; St. Geme, JW. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. : Elsevier; Elsevier; 2018.

Enterococcus Species. Haslam, DB; St. Geme, JW. Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. : Elsevier; Elsevier; 2018.