Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Bridgetown, Barbados
Dr. Corey Forde is a graduate of the University of the West Indies. He pursued subspecialty training returning to Barbados in 2014 after training in South Africa and Canada to oversee the Infection Prevention and Control Department. He has had Antimicrobial Seward training at Cleveland Clinic Ohio in recent years. Dr. Forde is Head of the Infection Prevention and Control/Infectious Diseases Programs at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He is currently Chair of Infection Prevention and Control, Director of the HIV/AIDs Adult Program, and Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program which he started in Barbados as the first formal program in the English-speaking Caribbean. He also serves as Associate Lecturer in Medicine at the University of West Indies, Cave Hill Barbados.
A KPC outbreak at the island’s only public hospital (600 bedded) in the same year and month after his arrival led to the expansion and development of a robust infection and prevention program with the support of the hospital administration, Barbadian government, and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO). At the national level the Ministry of Health of Barbados he serves as the National Director for isolation Facilities leading fight against COVID-19 locally. Regionally, Dr. Forde leads the development of the Caribbean Infection Prevention and Control Conference, bringing together several regional countries including the French, Spanish, Dutch and English-speaking Caribbean natives in Barbados.
Dr. Forde has also worked on projects regarding Infection Prevention and Control and Antimicrobial Resistance involving the Caribbean Public Health Agency, Pan American Health Organisation, and World Health Organisation – Geneva, among others. He currently sits on the Guidelines Development group for COVID-19 in relation to Maritime and Aviation for the WHO and the General COVID-19 WHO advisory group. He recently served as the first black Afro-Caribbean personnel on the SHEA (Society of healthcare Epidemiology of America) Board of trustees and is currently the Chair of the External Affairs Committee of SHEA. His goals include continued leadership and mentorship of several low-and middle-income countries worldwide in IPC Development and Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs.