Sara Y. Tartof, PhD, MPH

Research Scientist II

Division of Epidemiologic Research



Dr. Sara Tartof is an infectious disease epidemiologist who studies antimicrobial resistance, hospital infections, vaccine safety and effectiveness, antimicrobial stewardship, and coccidioidomycosis, among other areas. She has extensive experience leading and collaborating on single- and multi-site studies and collaborates extensively with state and local health departments. She has led outbreak and field investigations internationally and domestically.  

Dr. Tartof is highly accomplished in the design and implementation of studies analyzing data derived from electronic medical records. She is a principal investigator on several federally funded studies. These include a large multi-site study evaluating the impact of California Senate Bill 27 on antibiotic-resistant infections and a study evaluating hospital-based antibiotic stewardship programs. She is also a principal or co-investigator on grants investigating antibiotic-resistant hospital infections, vaccine safety, and other topics.

Areas of Focus

  • Infectious diseases
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Hospital infections


PhD, Epidemiology
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California
MPH, Infectious Diseases
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Honors and Awards

  • Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Lieutenant Commander, United States Public Health Service (July 2010-July 2012)
  • The Foreign Duty Award, Public Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services (July 2011)
  • Public Health Impact Award, MenAfriVac Development and Implementation Group, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (June 2011)
  • Fulbright Fellowship Recipient