Sonali Advani

Credentials: MBBS, MPH

Position title: Duke KURe Program

Website: Institutional Profile

Dr. Advani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Duke University School of Medicine, and the Associate Director of Duke Infection Control Outreach Network. She did her internal medicine and infectious disease training at University of Alabama at Birmingham. Prior to this, she earned her Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and pursued a research fellowship in infectious diseases at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Dr. Advani’s current research focuses on leveraging urinalyses criteria to improve the diagnosis of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in elderly patients. UTIs in older adults pose a diagnostic dilemma to most clinicians. The high incidence of asymptomatic bacteriuria and inability to express genitourinary symptoms increases the risk of inappropriate culturing and adverse events in this group. Dr. Advani’s proposal for developing urinalyses criteria predictive of infection in older adults will help reduce patient harm from inappropriate antibiotic use.