E. Yoko Furuya, MD

Specialties:
Infectious Disease
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Overview

Dr. Yoko Furuya is a nationally recognized epidemiologist and specialist in infectious diseases, with 20 years of clinical experience. She is the Chief Epidemiologist and Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Control and Director of Antibiotic Stewardship for all campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (NYPH) including the university hospitals of Columbia and Cornell. She is also Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center in the Division of Infectious Diseases (ID).

Dr. Furuya graduated from Harvard University with a major in English literature. She then received her M.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where she also underwent residency training in internal medicine. Subsequently, she moved to New York and completed additional training with a clinical fellowship in infectious diseases at Columbia University. During this time she received a Masters of Science degree in Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University.

Since completing her medical and epidemiologic training, Dr. Furuya has become a leader in healthcare epidemiology both locally and nationally. She has published nearly 70 articles in the peer-reviewed literature and has served as an investigator on numerous NIH- , CDC-, and New York State Department of Health-funded studies looking at multidrug-resistant organisms, infection prevention and control practices, and costs of antimicrobial resistance. She served on the joint CDC/Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Outbreak Response Training Program advisory panel, establishing a national training program for healthcare epidemiologists on responding to pandemics and emerging infectious diseases. Based on her experience addressing outbreaks such as the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, Ebola, and measles, she has been interviewed numerous times in print, radio, and TV including for CNN, CBS, NPR, and the New York Times, including most recently about the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2018, Dr. Furuya was honored for her achievements in the field of healthcare epidemiology by being recognized as a Fellow of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA).

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Bacterial Infection
  • Epidemiology
  • Hospital Acquired Infections

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Medicine at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Medical Director of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Female

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180 Fort Washington Avenue
Suite 242
New York, NY 10032
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Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

AgeWell

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Special Needs

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • POS
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Elderplan

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Emblem/GHI

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  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
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  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
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Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
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  • Medicaid Managed Care
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  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management

RiverSpring

  • Special Needs

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth
  • Special Needs

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • MS, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health
  • Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Fellowship: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Infectious Disease

Research

Dr. E. Yoko Furuya is the Chief Epidemiologist and Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Control and Hospital Epidemiology for all campuses of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia and Cornell). She is also the Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship for NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Columbia and Cornell). Her research interests are focused in the areas of hospital epidemiology and antimicrobial resistance. She is a co-investigator on numerous NIH- and CDC-funded grants on topics such as multidrug-resistant gram- negative bacilli, the financial costs of healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance, the use of electronic data and information technology in hospital epidemiology, and the impact of antimicrobial stewardship, environmental cleaning, and education on rates of multidrug-resistant organisms and Clostridium difficile.  She is also currently working on the evaluation of antimicrobial stewardship interventions on antimicrobial utilization and resistance patterns.

Research Interests

  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Hospital epidemiology

Selected Publications

  1. Harrison JM, Dick AW, Stone PW, Chastain AM, Sorbero M, Furuya EY, Shang J. Infection trends in home health care, 2013-2018. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2021; https://doi.org/10.1017/ice.2021.248
  2. Theodore DA, Greendyke WG, Miko B, Whittier S, Green DA, Shoucri S, Verna EC, Zucker J, Sobieszczyk ME, Aaron JG, Scully BE, Saiman L, Pereira M, Furuya EY. Cycle Thresholds Among Solid Organ Transplant Recipients Testing Positive for SARS-CoV-2. Transplantation 2021; doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000003695
  3. Kubin C, Loo A, Cheng J, Nelson B, Mehta M, Mazur S, So W, Calfee D, Singh H, Greendyke W, Simon M, Furuya EY. Antimicrobial Stewardship Perspectives from a New York City Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges and Opportunities. Am J Health-Syst Pharm 2021; doi: 10.1093/ajhp/zxaa419.
  4. Gomez-Simmonds A,  Annavajhala M,  McConville T, Dietz D, Shoucri S, Laracy J, Rozenberg F, Nelson B, Greendyke W, Furuya, EY, Whittier S Uhlemann, AC. Carbapenemase-producing Enterobacterales causing secondary infections during the COVID-19 crisis at a New York City hospital. J Antimicrob Chemother 2021; 76: 380-384.
  5. Martin EK, Salsgiver EL, Bernstein DA, Simon MS, Greendyke WG, Gramstad JM, Weeks R, Woodward T, Jia H, Saiman L, Furuya EY, Calfee DP. Sustained improvement in hospital cleaning associated with a novel education and culture change program for environmental services workers. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2019; 40: 1024-9.
  6. Furuya EY, Cohen B, Jia H, Larson EL: Longterm impact of universal contact precautions on rates of multidrug-resistant organisms in ICUs: A comparative effectiveness study. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018; 39: 534-40.
  7. Salsgiver E, Bernstein D, Simon MS, Eiras D, Greendyke W, Kubin CJ, Mehta M, Nelson B, Loo A, Ramos LG, Saiman L, Furuya EY, Calfee DP. Knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding antimicrobial stewardship among antimicrobial prescribers at five acute care hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018; 39: 316-22.
  8. Greendyke WG, Carter EJ, Salsgiver E, Bernstein D, Simon MS, Saiman L, Calfee DP, Furuya EY. Exploring the role of the bedside nurse in antimicrobial stewardship: Survey results from five acute care hospitals. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2018; 39: 360-2.
  9. Louh IK, Greendyke WG, Hermann EA, Davidson KW, Falzon L, Vawdrey DK, Shaffer JA, Calfee DP, Furuya EY, Ting HH. Clostridium difficile Infection in Acute Care Hospitals: Systematic Review and Best Practices for Prevention. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017; 38: 476-82.