Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

Given time, bacteria will develop resistance to antibiotics. However, overuse and misuse of antibiotics is contributing to the speed and spread of antibiotic resistance.

The Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Children's Hospital is dedicated to working with patients, parents, healthcare providers and researchers to counter what many experts say is the world's most pressing public health problem.

Relying on a core team of physicians and pharmacists, the Vanderbilt Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (VASP) seeks to ensure optimum use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Working together, we can:

  • improve patient outcomes
  • reduce antimicrobial resistance
  • reduce healthcare costs

The program uses and evidence-based approaches to optimize antimicrobial prescribing, including:

  • monitoring of antimicrobial use and resistance
  • formulary restriction of targeted antimicrobials
  • creation and implementation of order sets and clinical pathways
  • feedback and recommendations to pharmacists and clinicians
  • patient and provider education

Our program works collaboratively with the adult antimicrobial stewardship program at Vanderbilt and the clinical microbiology laboratory.

Stewardship Guidance

VCH Pediatric Infectious Diseases Treatment Algorithms and Guidelines

Please click here to view and/or download the VCH Pediatric Infectious Diseases treatment algorithms and guidelines.

COVID Resources

ASP Newsletters

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Meet the Team

Ritu Banerjee, MD, PhD

Ritu Banerjee, MD, PhD


Sophie Katz, MD<

Sophie Katz, MD


Jessica Gillon, PharmD, BCIDP

Jessica Gillon, PharmD, BCIDP
Kathryn Garguilo, MSN, RN

Kathryn Garguilo, MSN, RN


Gale Thomas

Gale Thomas