Vice President, clinical affairs, PDI
Keith St. John joined Professional Disposables International (PDI) in July 2016 as the new Vice President of Clinical Affairs. He heads the Clinical Affairs Division at PDI that includes a Director, Clinical Research Manager, 5 Clinical Science Liaisons, and 3 part-time expert clinical consultants. Keith received his Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology from the University of Delaware and his Master of Science degree in Clinical Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia. He received additional training in Infection Prevention and Control at the CDC in Atlanta. Keith has been an Infection Preventionist for the past 30+ years, including 17 years of directing IPC programs at major tertiary teaching institutions (i.e., Temple University Hospital; The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.)
Keith is certified in Infection Control & Epidemiology and is a past President of the Certification Board of Infection Control & Epidemiology (CBIC.) Keith is also a Fellow of APIC (FAPIC.) In 2005-2010, as well as continuing to serve during the next term from 2012-2015, he was a member of the United States Pharmacopeia Convention Expert Compounding Committee, and was co-author of the current chapters of the USP <797> on Pharmaceutical Compounding – Sterile Preparations as well as the USP Chapter <800> on Hazardous Drugs – Handling in Healthcare Settings. Keith is the co-author of a chapter in the ASHP Compounding Sterile Preparations book entitled Microbiological Issues in Compounding Sterile Preparations, published in 2017.
Keith has served as a Philadelphia-Delaware Valley APIC Chapter President, First State (Delaware) APIC Chapter President, a member of the National APIC Governmental Affairs Committee, APIC Text Revision Task Force, APIC Education Committee, and is a past member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Infection Control. In addition to his long standing affiliation with APIC, Keith is also a current member of The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), The Healthcare Infection Society (HIS-UK), The International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC), AORN, AACN, AVA, IPAC-Canada, and a newly inducted member of the Surgical Infection Society in 2019. Keith has co-authored several journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters, and has a special interest in environmental microbiology, disinfection and sterilization practices, as well as skin antisepsis.