McMaster University

McMaster University

Cheryl Main


Associate Professor
Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Division: Clinical Pathology

Associate Member, Department of Medicine

Chair, Specialty Committee of Infectious Diseases, Royal College Canada

Hamilton General Hospital, 1-114
Hamilton, Ontario
905-527-4322, ext. 46111

Dr Main

Faculty Biography

Education and Professional Standing

  • FRCPC Medical Microbiology, McMaster University, 2004
  • FRCPC Infectious Diseases, McMaster University, 2004
  • FRCPC Internal Medicine, McMaster University, 2002
  • MD, McMaster University, 1998
  • BSc Honours, Biology and Pharmacology, 1994
  • CanMEDs train-the-trainer resource for Health Advocate, 2008
  • CanMEDs train-the-trainer resource for Communicato,r 2007
  • CAHO Antrimicrobial Stewardship training, 2012
  • Lean Green Belt, 2012


Research & Clinical Focus

  • Sepsis
  • Quality Assurance
  • Laboratory Safety
  • Educational Research

Academic Interests

  • Program Director for Medical Microbiology Residency Program
  • CanMEDs Faculty Teaching
  • Faculty Education
  • Patient Safety Activities
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

Selected Publications

  • A controlled Quasi-experimental study of an educational intervention to reduce the unnecessary use of antimicrobials for asymptomatic bacteriuria. Irfan N, Brooks A, Mithoowani S, Celetti SJ, Main C, Mertz D. PLoS One. 10(7): e0132071. 2015.
  • Management and outcomes in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia after implementation of mandatory Infectious Disease consultations: a before and after study. LJ Martin, MT Harris, A Brooks, C. Main, D. Mertz. BMC Infectious Diseases. 15: 568. 2015.
  • Popovski, Zagorka; Mercuri, Mathew; Main, Cheryl; Niv, Sne; Walsh, Kate; Sung, Melani; Rice, Timothy; Mertz, Dominik. Multifaceted intervention to optimize antibiotic use for intra-abdominal infections. Journal Antimicrobial Chemotherapeutics. 70(4): 1226-9. 2015.
  • Jiao L, Main C. A case series of West Nile Virus Neuroinvasive Disease in the summer of 2012 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Canadian Journal of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 2014;25(1):24-6.
  • Kouyoumdjian F, Kiefer L, Bondy S, Main C. Drug use and associated socio-behavioural factors in males in a provincial correctional facility in Ontario, Canada. Can J. Public Health. 105(3):198-202. 2014.
  • Tang P, Worster A, Srigley J, Main C. Examination of staphylococcal stethoscope contamination in the emergency department (pilot) study (EXSSCITED pilot study). Cdn J Emerg Med. 13(4): 239-244. 2011
  • Kouyoumdjian FG, Main C, Calzavara LM, Kiefer L. Prevalence and predictors of urethral chlamydia and gonorrhea infection in male inmates in an Ontario correctional facility. Can J Public Health. 102(3): 220-4. 2011
  • Main CL, Carusone SC, Davis K, Loeb M. Compliance with personal precautions against exposure to bloodborne pathogens among laboratory workers: a Canadian survey. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 29(1): 66-8. 2008.
  • Main C. Treatment of septic arthritis. CMAJ. 177(8); 899. 2007.
  • Weir E, Main C. Invasive group A streptococcal infections. CMAJ. 175(1); 32. 2006
  • Main CL, Jayaratne P, Haley A, Rutherford C, Smaill F and Fisman D. An Outbreak of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a correctional facility in Southern Ontario. Canadian J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 16(6); 343-48. 2005.
  • Loeb M, Main C, Walker-Dilks C, Eady A. Antimicrobial drugs for treating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2003;(4):CD003340.
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