Katie J. Suda, PharmD, MS

  • Professor of Medicine

Katie J. Suda, PharmD, MS, is a Professor of Medicine. She joined the CRHC in 2019, following appointments at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy as an Associate Professor and Researcher. Dr. Suda’s area of research is pharmacoepidemiology, especially in the area of antimicrobials, and dual use of VA and non-VA health care. Currently, she is researching antibiotics and opioids in dental prescribing, including a focus on veteran use of multiple health care systems.

You can follow Dr. Suda on Twitter at @Sudamonas. She is a wanderer who loves to travel, but no matter where she goes, she will always be rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

Education & Training

  • PharmD (Pharmacy), Drake University, 1999
  • Pharmacy Practice Resident, Baptist Memorial Health Care, 2000
  • Research Fellow, Clinical Pharmacokinetics Laboratory, Suburban Division, Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, 2000
  • Research Fellow, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2002
  • MS (Epidemiology), University of Tennessee Health Science Center, 2010

Representative Publications

Suda KJ, Calip GS, Zhou J, Rowan S, Gross AE, Hershow R, Perez R, McGregor J, Evans CT. Assessment of appropriateness of antibiotic prescriptions for infection prophylaxis before dental procedures, 2011-2015. JAMA Network Open. 2019 May 3;2(5):e193909.

This retrospective cohort study found that more than 80% of antibiotics prescribed for infection prophylaxis before dental visits were unnecessary.

Suda KJ, Durkin M, Calip G, Gellad WF, Kim H, Lockhart PB, Rowan S, Thornhill M. Comparison of opioid prescribing by dentists in the United States and England, 2016. JAMA Network Open. 2019 May 3;2(5):e194303.

In a cross-sectional study of prescriptions for opioids dispensed from outpatient pharmacies and health care settings, the proportion of prescriptions written by US dentists that were for opioids was 37 times greater than the proportion written by English dentists.

Suda KJ, Livorsi DJ, Goto M, Forrest GN, Jones MM, Neuhauser MM, Hoff B, Ince D, Carrel M, Nair R, Knobloch MJ, Goetz MB. Research agenda for antimicrobial stewardship in the Veterans Health Administration. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. 2018 Feb;39(2):196-201.

The research agenda describes the proceedings from a multidisciplinary conference focused on developing an agenda for antimicrobial stewardship research in inpatient and outpatient healthcare settings with in the Veterans Health Administration.

Suda KJ, Hicks LA, Roberts RM, Hunkler RJ, Matusiak L, Schumock GT. Antibiotic expenditures by medication, class, and health care setting in the United States, 2010-2015. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2018 Jan 6;66(2):185-190.

This study found that from 2010 to 2015 antibiotic expenditures decreased, but expenditures for intravenous agents in the community are increasing and may represent increased use. The majority of antibiotic expenditures were in the outpatient setting, specifically community pharmacies.

Click here for a more complete bibliography of Dr. Suda’s works.

Research Interests

  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Antimicrobials
  • Dual use of VA and non-VA