The ASAP team is comprised of professionals from multiple disciplines, modeling after the currently recommended structure of an ASP for a facility. It is led by infectious diseases-trained physicians and pharmacists and complemented by a range of other professionals including hospital administrator, infection preventionist, and clinical researcher. Its primary goal is to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce unintended consequences of antibiotic use. Click below to view biographical information for ASAP team members.
Dr. Andrew B. Watkins is the pharmacy coordinator for the Nebraska ASAP (Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program) as well as an antimicrobial stewardship outreach pharmacist within the Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.
Dr. Watkins received both his Bachelor of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences (2015) and his Doctor of Pharmacy (2018) from the University of Mississippi. He completed residency training in pharmacy practice at St. Dominic Memorial Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi and completed his infectious diseases specialty residency at Nebraska Medicine. He is board certified in Infectious Diseases (BCIDP), and his areas of interest include appropriate antimicrobial use, bacterial mechanisms of resistance, and rapid diagnostic testing.
Dr. Ashraf is the co-medical director of Nebraska ASAP (Antimicrobial Stewardship Assessment and Promotion Program). He is also medical director of Nebraska ICAP (Infection Control Assessment and Promotion Program) and an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). Dr. Ashraf is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Infectious Diseases. His clinical and research interests include infections in the elderly, and antimicrobial stewardship and infection control in long-term care facilities.
Dr. Ashraf has been a member of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology (SHEA) Long-Term Care Special Interest Group since 2009. As a member of this group, he contributed in revising the infection surveillance definitions (McGeer Criteria) for long-term care facilities. He has also been an active member of the Infection Control Subcommittee of AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine since 2013. In addition, he is currently a member of the Advisory Panel for the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Program and SHEA Education Committee.
Dr. Ashraf believes that infection control and antimicrobial stewardship programs need to be developed and tailored for the specific challenges of different healthcare settings. As a team leader of Nebraska ICAP and Nebraska ASAP, Dr. Ashraf is working to help expand Nebraska’s infection control infrastructure and promote optimal antibiotic use in the state.
Dr. Bergman is co-Pharmacist Coordinator of the Nebraska ASAP and Pharmacist Coordinator for the Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. He is also a member of the clinical faculty at the UNMC College of Pharmacy.
Dr. Bergman received his PharmD from South Dakota State University College of Pharmacy in 2004. He completed residency training in pharmacy practice and infectious diseases pharmacotherapy at West Virginia University Hospitals and School of Pharmacy in Morgantown, WV. Prior to arriving in Nebraska, he was an Associate Professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville School of Pharmacy where he was also Infectious Diseases Residency Program Director for HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, IL. He is board-certified in Pharmacotherapy (BCPS) as well as in Infectious Diseases (BCIDP). He was recognized as a Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (FIDSA) in 2016 and as a Fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP) in 2017.
Dr. Bergman’s areas of interest include the appropriate use of antimicrobials, immunizations, rapid diagnostic testing and treatment of medical device-related biofilm infections. He is the author of numerous articles, book chapters and abstracts. He regularly gives presentations at local, regional and national meetings.
Margaret is the Administrative Senior Assistant of the Nebraska ASAP. She assists with planning, scheduling, recording keeping and on-site visits. She is also Administrative Senior Assistant of Nebraska ICAP.
Margaret joined ICAP/ASAP in August, 2020.
Ishrat Kamal-Ahmed, PhD is the Healthcare Associated Infections Epidemiologist with the Division of Public Health – Epidemiology & Infomatics Unit, and serves ICAP and AAP as the DHHS Health Surveillance Data Analyst. She received her doctoral degree in the Public Health (environmental health, infectious diseases) at the University of Minnesota; she also earned a bachelor degree in Biology: Toxicology and graduate degree in Community Health at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She joined the ICAP and ASAP teams in January, 2019.
Dr. Rupp is the associate medical director of the Nebraska ASAP and is a Professor and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Internal Medicine at UNMC. He is the medical director of the Nebraska Medicine Department of Infection Control & Epidemiology and associate medical director of Nebraska ICAP.
Dr. Rupp received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas and holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, Texas. He underwent internship and residency training in Internal Medicine and completed Fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Virginia Commonwealth University.
He is a Diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, and in the subspecialty area of Infectious Diseases. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), and the Society for Hospital Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He is a Past-President of SHEA and is a Past-President of ASM Division L (Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology). Dr. Rupp has served as a consultant for the US Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NIH, and VA.
Dr. Rupp has published over 400 articles, chapters and abstracts. He frequently presents papers at national and international meetings, serves as a guest lecturer, and is an active teacher and researcher. Dr. Rupp’s research interests are
Executive Director of Emergency Management and Clinical Operations, UNMC Global Center for Health Security
Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness, Nebraska Medicine
Shelly Schwedhelm is the Executive Director of Emergency Management and Biopreparedness at Nebraska Medicine (NM), with operational accountability for the Biocontainment Unit and National Quarantine Unit in addition to several state, regional and national biopreparedness grants. Shelly had overall accountability for unit operations and logistics during the care of repatriated Americans with Ebola virus disease in 2014-15.
During the past several months, she lead efforts in collaboration with local, state and federal partners to support quarantine missions for repatriated Americans from Wuhan China and others returning from the Diamond Princess cruise ship from Japan who required care for COVID 19. Shelly has been a key leader as well in the Nebraska and Region VII COVID-19 response creating guidance and serving as an infection prevention subject matter expert for onsite visits in meat packing plants, shelters, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities and schools.
Shelly has previous leadership experience in Perioperative Services and Emergency and Trauma Services. Shelly is a Program Director and Subject Matter Expert with the ASPR & CDC funded National Emerging Special Pathogen Training and Education Center (NETEC) and oversees the activities of the Region VII Special Pathogens Treatment Center, ASPR Training, Simulation, and Quarantine Unit, CDC Infection Prevention & Antibiotic Stewardship and the ASPR Region VII Disaster Health Response Ecosystem grant(s) at Nebraska Medicine/UNMC. Shelly is one of five executive directors at UNMC Global Center for Health Security (GCHS). Shelly is also the current chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Omaha Metropolitan Healthcare Coalition.
Ms. Schwedhelm received her diploma degree from Methodist School of Nursing, her BSN from the University of Nebraska College of Nursing, and her MSN in Nursing Administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She is also certified as an Advanced Nurse Executive. She has previous leadership experience in Perioperative Services and Emergency and Trauma services.
Mounica Soma is a Database Analyst of the Nebraska ICAP and ASAP. She received her Master of Health Administration degree from Texas State University. She also earned a Bachelor degree in Dental Surgery from India. She has extensive experience in data analytics, database management, and project management especially in the areas of infection prevention and quality improvement. She joined the ICAP team in February 2020, and most enjoys working with healthcare data on antibiotic stewardship and infection control assessments.
Kate is Nurse Coordinator of the Nebraska ASAP and ICAP. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UNMC. She has been working in infection control and prevention since 2005, in both inpatient and ambulatory locations and has been certified in Infection Control and Epidemiology since 2008. She has been an instructor with The Nebraska Infection Control Network for several years. She has contributed to many publications and presentations, but most enjoys educating healthcare professionals on the prevention of healthcare acquired infections.
Dr. Van Schooneveld is co-medical director of the Nebraska ASAP and an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine at UNMC. He received his MD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and subsequently completed an Internal Medicine residency, including a chief resident year, at UNMC. He then completed his Infectious Diseases fellowship training at Creighton University Medical Center. Dr. Van Schooneveld is the medical director of the nationally recognized Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and is also an associate medical director of the Department of Infection Control and Epidemiology. He serves as the program director for the UNMC Infectious Disease Fellowship Program.
Robin Williams, MPH – Epidemiology Surveillance Coordinator
Robin Williams is an epidemiologist with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services in the Division of Public Health. She completed her master’s degree in public health at UNMC. She currently is the grant coordinator for the CDC’s Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity grant which supports the ICAP program as well as the Nebraska State influenza surveillance coordinator.
She is a member of the Public Health Association of Nebraska where she serves on the Board of Directors and co-chairs the Epidemiology and GIS section of PHAN. She is also a member of the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists.
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