Hear Duke Health’s Dr. Shaefer Spires discuss treating patients amid COVID-19


Dr. John Young talks to Dr. Shaefer Spires, Infectious Disease Specialist. Dr. Spires is treating patients and monitoring the impact of COVID-19 at Duke Health. We discuss returning to elective surgeries, COVID-19 testing, the effectiveness of antibody testing, and the use of medicine to treat the virus.


  • 1:25 – Reopening of the country after COVID
  • 3:50 – Balancing risks of elective surgeries
  • 6:25 – Saftey of hospitals and ERs
  • 8:30 – Universal protection strategy and masking
  • 9:50 – Pre-screening effectiveness and risks
  • 11:15 – Helpful healthcare reopening resources and guidelines
  • 15:40 – Effectiveness of tests being used for screening
  • 23:32 – Use of medicine to treat the virus
  • 27:45 – Convalescent sera option for containing COVID
  • 28:50 – Innovation in crisis and beyond

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Dr. Shaefer Spires
S. Shaefer Spires, M.D.
Infectious Disease

Dr. Spires graduated from the University of Georgia in 2003 and Mercer University School of Medicine in 2009. He completed residency training in Internal Medicine and fellowship training in Infectious Diseases at Vanderbilt University. He joined the faculty at Vanderbilt in 2014. He currently serves as the Hospital Epidemiologist at Williamson Medical Center and at the Tennessee Valley VA Healthcare System. He is physician chair for both the Infection Prevention Programs and the Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs at both institutions. His primary research interests are focused on the prevention of outpatient central line-associated bloodstream infections, antimicrobial stewardship and infection prevention in the acute inpatient setting as well as in the long-term care setting.

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