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Michael Pulia

Expert on drug-resistant bacterial infections (superbugs) and efforts to improve antibiotic prescribing in healthcare settings. Improving antibiotic stewardship by reducing diagnostic errors.

Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Director, Emergency Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Research Program School of Medicine and Public Health Work: 608-890-5292 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @DrMichaelPulia


  • How does inappropriate antibiotic use in healthcare settings threaten local communities? There is a direct relationship between antibiotic prescribing and local bacterial resistance patterns.
  • What are the most effective strategies to improve antibiotic prescribing in emergency departments, clinics, urgent care centers, and the hospital setting?
  • At least 30% of all antibiotics are either completely inappropriate or sub-optimally prescribed. What drives this behavior and what are the highest risk conditions?
  • Why you should always ask your doctor if an antibiotic is absolutely necessary? Antibiotics can have very serious complications, including allergic reactions and microbiome disruption.


  • Chair, American Academy of Emergency Medicine Antibiotic Stewardship Task Force, 2015-2019, served in lead role on national education and awareness campaign
  • Represented emergency medicine at the White House One Health Antibiotic Stewardship Forum, 2015
  • Research supported with grant funding from the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Wisconsin Partnership Program
  • Published letters/editorials on antibiotic stewardship in various top tier medical journals including Pediatrics, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and New England Journal of Medicine
  • Member of National Quality Forum Antibiotic Stewardship Action Team, 2015-2016. Quoted in major publications including Wall Street Journal and Times of London.