Jagger / Garvin

Janine Jagger, M. P.H., PhD

International Health Care Workers Safety Center

1224 West Main Street Suite 400

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Phone: (804) 924-5995


Janine Jagger, is an epidemiologist specializing in the prevention of occupational transmission of bloodborne pathogens to health care workers. As director of the International Health Care Worker Safety Center at the University of Virginia, Dr. Jagger and her staff work collaboratively with hospitals, medical device manufacturers, and government agencies to conduct epidemiologic studies, improve the safety of medical devices, and promote policy initiatives for the protection of health care workers. In addition to many other articles appearing in the medical literature, her landmark study on needle-associated risks, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1988, is credited with having influenced the development of a new generation of medical technology to reduce health care workers' risk of percutaneous injury.

Dr. Jagger earned her master's degree in public health from the University of Pittsburgh, and her doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the University of Virginia medical faculty in 1978, she was a research associate at the Yale University School of Medicine.

In 1992, Dr. Jagger developed the Exposure Prevention Information Network (EPINet), a surveillance system used by hospitals to track health care workers' needlesticks and blood exposures. EPINet is used in more than 1,500 hospitals in the U.S. and has become the national surveillance system in six foreign countries. Dr. Jagger founded and is editor-in-chief of Advances in Exposure Prevention, a bi-monthly journal that, since 1994, has published reports from the extensive EPINet database and been a sounding board for policy issues.

The co-inventor of six patented safety needle devices, Dr. Jagger received the Distinguished Inventor Award in 1989 from Intellectual Property Owners, Inc. and, with her colleagues, the Henderson Inventor of the Year Award in 1996 from the University of Virginia Patents Foundation.

Dr. Jagger lectures extensively in the U.S. and abroad, and has served as an expert witness at OSHA, FDA and congressional hearings. She has also served as a consultant to government agencies, private industry, non-profit organizations, and academic institutions in the areas of safety and safer medical technology.

Michael Garvin, MHA

Phone: (319) 335-4111


Michael Garvin, MHA, is a consultant specializing in regulatory compliance.  He was formerly the Safety Engineer at the 900 bed University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for 10 years.  Prior to accepting that position, he served as the Safety and Hazard Control Officer at the University of Wisconsin’s Clinical Science Center, comprised of a 540 bed hospital and over 200 research laboratories.  He holds a Masters of Hospital Administration degree from St. Louis University.  Mike has written for a number of trade journals in the fields of waste and safety management.  His research in such areas as waste management, medical product development and health care safety often is included in major conferences and industry publications.  He also has worked in hospitals for nearly 20 years in the capacity of staff member, department director and administrative assistant.  He can be contacted by calling (319)335-4540.


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