Sonali Advani, MBBS

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Campus mail Hanes House Room 154, Box 102359, Durham, NC 27710
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Dr. Advani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and serves as the Co-Medical Director of Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON). In her role, she assists member hospitals in further development and strengthening of their existing infection prevention programs. She also participates as a physician investigator in the research activities of the Duke Center for Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Prevention. Prior to joining Duke, she served as the Associate Medical Director for the Yale-New Haven Hospital Epidemiology program.

Dr. Advani has over 10-years' experience in healthcare epidemiology research and operations. Her initial research focused on prevention of catheter-related harm, diagnostic stewardship interventions, and improving metrics to better align with outcomes. Her current work focuses on improving resilience in older adults by de-implementing and de-prescribing inappropriate interventions and medications. She was awarded the K12 Urologic Career Development Award and SHEA Research Scholar Award to continue her UTI related research. In addition, she is one of the key investigators for CDC Epicenter studies related to UTIs and COVID19.

Dr. Advani currently serves on the SHEA Program Planning Committee, SHEA Research Committee, SHEA Diagnostic Stewardship Task Force,  SHEA Steering Committee for the LEAP Fellowship, and IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Workgroup. In the past, she has served on SHEA Guidelines Committee, IDWeek Mentorship Committee, liaison to SHEA Publications Committee, and Chair of SHEA Journal Club. She is also currently working on several clinical consensus and guidance documents with national societies related to UTIs.

Dr. Advani also led the COVID-19 response for over 50 network hospitals within DICON. She has helped create and disseminate a library of COVID-19 resources to community hospitals nationwide. She is currently working on expanding these resources to low- and middle-income countries.

Education and Training

  • Co-chief Fellow, Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama Birmingham, 2016 - 2017
  • Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Alabama Birmingham, 2015 - 2017
  • Internal Medicine Residency, University of Alabama Birmingham, 2012 - 2015
  • Research Fellow, Infectious Diseases & Hospital Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2010 - 2012
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Unversity, Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2010
  • M.B.B.S., Padmashree Dr. D. Y. Patil Medical College (India), 2008


Jumani, Ketan, Sonali Advani, Nicholas G. Reich, Leslie Gosey, and Aaron M. Milstone. “Risk factors for peripherally inserted central venous catheter complications in children.” Jama Pediatr 167, no. 5 (May 2013): 429–35.

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Advani, Sonali, Arnab Sengupta, Michael Forman, Alexandra Valsamakis, and Aaron M. Milstone. “Detecting respiratory viruses in asymptomatic children.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 31, no. 12 (December 2012): 1221–26.

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Forman, Michael S., Sonali Advani, Christina Newman, Charlotte A. Gaydos, Aaron M. Milstone, and Alexandra Valsamakis. “Diagnostic performance of two highly multiplexed respiratory virus assays in a pediatric cohort.” J Clin Virol 55, no. 2 (October 2012): 168–72.

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Advani, Sonali, Nicholas G. Reich, Arnab Sengupta, Leslie Gosey, and Aaron M. Milstone. “Central line-associated bloodstream infection in hospitalized children with peripherally inserted central venous catheters: extending risk analyses outside the intensive care unit.” Clin Infect Dis 52, no. 9 (May 2011): 1108–15.

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