Dr. Ruth Lynfield received her medical degree from Cornell University Medical College and trained in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. Upon completion of her fellowship in 1992, Dr. Lynfield joined the Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts State Laboratory. In 1997, she joined the Minnesota Department of Health as a medical epidemiologist, and was appointed State Epidemiologist and Medical Director for Infectious Diseases in 2007. Dr. Lynfield leads the Minnesota component of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Emerging Infections Program Active Bacterial Core Surveillance System, influenza projects and the healthcare-associated infections projects. She has served on multiple public health committees and has adjunct faculty appointments in Internal Medicine, Epidemiology and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota.
Naimi TS, LeDell KH, Borchardt S, Como-Sabetti K, Boxrud D, Johnson SK, Etienne J, Vandenesch F, Fridkin S, O'Boyle CO, Danila RN, Lynfield R. Community-onset and healthcare-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Minnesota. JAMA 2003;290(22):2976-84.
Kyaw M, Lynfield R, Schaffner W, Hadler J, Reingold A, Cieslak PR, Harrison L, Bennett NM, Farley MM., Facklam RR, Jorgensen J, Besser J, Zell ER, Schuchat A, Whitney CG. Effect of introduction of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on drug-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. N Engl J Med. 2006; 354:1455-63.
Klevens RM, Morrison MA, Nadle J, Petit S, Gershman K, Ray S, Harrison LH, Lynfield R, Dumyati G, Townes JM, Craig AS, Zell ER, Fosheim GE, McDougal LK, Carey RB, Fridkin SK, Active Bacterial Core surveillance (ABCs) MRSA Investigators. Invasive methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in the United States. JAMA. 2007; 298:1765-71.
Wu HM, Harcourt BH, Hatcher CP, Wei SC, Novak RT, Wang X, Juni BA, Glennen A, Boxrud DJ, Rainbow J, Schmink S, Mair RD, Theodore MJ, Sander MA, Miller TK, Kruger K, Cohn AC, Clark TA, Messonnier NE, Mayer LW, Lynfield R. Emergence of ciprofloxacin-resistant Neisseria meningitidis in North America. N Engl J Med. 2009;360:886-92.
Book Editor: Infectious Disease Surveillance (ISBN 1-4051-4266-9), Blackwell Publishers, London, United Kingdom. Editors: M’ikanatha N, Lynfield R, de Valk H, Van Beneden C (October 2007)