Dr. Cassandra Salgado joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Internal Medicine’s division of infectious diseases in September 2004.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from West Virginia University, she then went on to earn her medical degree from West Virginia University School of Medicine in Morgantown. She completed her residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics and served as chief resident for the Department of Internal Medicine at West Virginia University Hospital. During her infectious diseases fellowship, Dr. Salgado earned her Master’s of Science degree in health evaluation sciences and epidemiology from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
She serves as the hospital epidemiologist for MUSC, the vice chair of quality improvement for the Department of Medicine, and is currently the interim division director for infectious diseases.
Board-certified in infectious diseases and internal medicine, Dr. Salgado is an active member of numerous professional societies including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, the Association of Specialty Professors, and the Southern Society for Clinical Research.
Dr. Salgado’s clinical interests include general infectious diseases and comprehensive HIV care. She also serves on numerous hospital committees related to patient safety issues.
Dr. Salgado’s primary research focuses on the investigation of outbreaks, prevention of hospital-acquired infections and the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance. Her current research projects include surveillance of epidemiologically important organisms within the hospital system (such as methicillin-resistant S. aureus, vancomycin-resistant enterococcus, and Clostridium difficile), and development of novel infection control measures to reduce the rates of healthcare-acquired infections.