Dr. Salgado joined the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor for clinical research 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 chief residency, Dr. Salgado served as an Instructor in the Department of Internal Medicine and as a preceptor for introduction to clinical medicine. 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.
Board-certified in infectious diseases, internal medicine and pediatrics, 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, and the American College of Physicians.
Dr. Salgado’s clinical interests include general infectious diseases and comprehensive HIV care. She serves as the Hospital Epidemiologist and Medical Director for Infection Control at the University Hospital and co-directs the hospital’s Epidemiology Laboratory. 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), syndromic surveillance to rapidly identify potentially infectious outbreaks within the community, and development of novel infection control measures to reduce the rates of healthcare-acquired infections.