Ashlesha Kaushik, M.B.B.S., M.D., FAAP, is presently Medical Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Unity Point Health, Sioux City, Iowa, and Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. Dr. Kaushik is American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) national spokesperson, member of Iowa American Academy of Pediatrics Board of Directors and recipient of 2019 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Childhood Immunization Champion Award for Iowa. Dr. Kaushik is AAP Iowa Chapter Immunization representative, AAP Iowa Chapter Infectious Diseases Champion and serves on Iowa AAP Legislative Committee and IA AAP Committee on Immunization. As AAP Iowa Chapter Immunization Representative, Dr. Kaushik has been at the forefront of AAP efforts toward building of Iowa immunization coalition-IA Immunizes and is the chair of the coalition scientific advisory committee and serves on the coalition steering committee. Dr. Kaushik is presently serving as national expert faculty for CDC Project Firstline/American Academy of Pediatrics Infection Prevention and Control ECHO (AAP IPC ECHO) provider education program for COVID-19. Among her publications, her recent systematic review on SARS-COV-2 associated Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) has been cited by World Health Organization Clinical COVID-19 guidance. In addition to her strong advocacy with AAP, Dr. Kaushik has educated the community through her numerous media, newspaper and TV interviews and her work has recently been featured as Cover Story in Midwest Medical Edition -MED magazine as “Siouxland Infectious Disease Crusader, Ashlesha Kaushik, MD”
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