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Michael Bolaris, MD

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Michael Bolaris, MD
Chief, Antibiotic Review Committee
Director, Adult and Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Contact Information:
Phone: (310) 781-3630
Email: mbolaris@labiomed.org

Research Interests:
My main research focus is towards translating basic science and clinical studies towards disease prevention in the ICU setting. In the lab, I focus on the pathogenesis of Gram negative organisms, particularly multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, a problematic organism because of its resistance patterns and predilection for ICU patients with multiple medical issues and prolonged stays. I utilize an in vitro model with Type II Pneumocytes (A549 cells) to evaluate attachment, invasion, and damage during infection with this organism. Our immunocompromised diabetic and neutropenic murine models of pneumonia and bacteremia allow us to manipulate the process in vivo including evaluation of novel treatment regimens. On the clinical side, I am conducting studies of how to improve infection prevention practices in the ICU setting. Specifically, this involves an evaluation of how providing personal bioburden information to healthcare providers may impact their subsequent adherence to hand hygiene and use of personal protective equipment. As well, I study the environmental bioburden in the ICU setting also meant to influence healthcare provider behavior. I also run our clinical HIV program and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in the hospital.

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Internal Medicine
Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Adult Infectious Diseases

Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Loma Linda University Medical Center
Fellowship in Adult Infectious Diseases, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

M.D., Marshall University School of Medicine
Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University

B.S., University of Arizona; Molecular and Cellular Biology