Biography & Education


Personal Statement:  I was a resident at Providence Portland and am very grateful for the education I received here. After finishing my fellowship in infectious diseases in Chicago, I was delighted to be asked to join the Medical Education faculty. Part of what attracts me here is the spirit of cooperation. Everyone, from residents and faculty to technicians and transporters, works together to do the best for the patient. I also wanted to return here because of the academic excellence of the residency program and the opportunity to work with physicians at the top of their fields.

Areas of Academic Focus:

  • Hospital infections
  • Drug-resistant organisms

Teaching Responsibilities:

  • Attending on wards
  • Preceptor for residents and 4th-year medical students on the Infectious Diseases rotation approximately 8 months per year
  • Teach OHSU microbiology course each spring
  • Supervise residents and medical students in the Infectious Diseases outpatient clinic 1-2 half-days per week
  • Informal teaching and "curbside consultation" by residents in the hospital and the outpatient clinic
  • Present 2-3 ID topics per year at residents' noon conferences
  • Present cases at City Wide Infectious Disease Conference monthly

Most Significant Publications:

Slaughter S. Intravascular catheter-related infections: Strategies for combating this common foe. Postgrad Med 2004;116:59-66

Slaughter S, Hayden M, Nathan C, Hu TC, Rice T, Van Voorhis J, Matushek M. Franklin C, Weinstein RA. A comparison of the effect of universal use of gloves and gowns with that of glove use alone on acquisition of vancomycin-resistant enterococci in a medical intensive care unit. Ann Intern Med 1996;125:448-456.

Beezhold D, Slaughter S, Hayden M, Matushek M, Nathan C Trenholme G, Weinstein RA. Skin colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci in hospitalized patients with bacteremia. Clin Infect Dis 1997;24:704-706.

Bonten MJM, Hayden MK, Nathan C, Van Voorhis J, Matushek M, Slaughter S, Rise T, Weinstein RA. The epidemiology of colonization of patients and environment with vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Lancet 1996;348:1615-1619.

Bonten MJM, Slaughter S, Ambergen A, Hayden MK, van Voorhis J, Nathan C, Weinstein RA. The role of "colonization pressure" in the spread of vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Arch Intern Med 1998;158:1127-1132.

Bonten NJM, Slaughter S, Hayden MK et al. External sources of vancomycin-resistant enterococci for intensive care units. Crit Care Med 1998;26:201-2004.

Austin DJ, Bonten MJM, Weinstein RA, Slaughter S, Anderson RM. Vancomycin-resistant enterococci in intensive care hospital settings: Transmission dynamics, persistence and the impact of infection control programs. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 1999;96:6908-6913.

Recent Presentations:

  • Adult Vaccine Update. Medical Grand Rounds, Providence Portland Medical Center, 2009.
  • Infections in Immigrants.  Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Providence Portland Medical Center, 2008
  • Update on New Adult Vaccines, Practical Advances in Internal Medicine, Providence Portland Medical Center, 2006
  • Central Nervous System Infections, Medical Grand Rounds 2005
  • An outbreak of C. difficile ended with infection control measures, including alcohol hand-wash.  14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society for healthcare Epidemiology of America, April, 2004

Personal Interests:  Family - My husband and my 26-year-old daughter. Hobbies - book club, hiking, yoga.

Areas of Expertise

Infectious disease; Travel medicine

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine
Residency: Providence Portland Medical Center
Fellowship: Cook County Hospital, Chicago
  • English

Care Locations

5050 NE Hoyt St.
Suite 540
Portland, OR 97213
Phone 503-215-6601
Fax 503-215-6727


Board Certifications
  • Infectious disease
  • Internal medicine