Thomas C. Bailey, MD
Thomas C. Bailey, MD, professor of medicine, is honored for his outstanding contributions to the care of patients with infectious diseases.
A recognized expert in the field of mycobacterial diseases, Bailey’s compassionate manner, superb clinical diagnostic skills and generosity of spirit are the hallmarks of his approach to the complex care of patients needing multi-faceted and coordinated treatment.
With a particular interest and expertise in tuberculosis, Bailey has served as the medical director for the Tuberculosis Program at the Saint Louis County Department of Health for more than 20 years. He has worked to enhance and automate state-mandated TB infection and disease reporting, which assists the health departments in their duty to initiate contact investigations and prevent the spread of TB. A strong role model and mentor for both faculty and fellows within the division of infectious diseases, Bailey successfully advocated for keeping tuberculosis as part of the medical school curriculum. He regularly offers relevant lectures about TB to fellows as well as area nurses and community groups.
Bailey has undertaken several leadership roles that have led to improved patient safety and medical outcomes. He oversees the proper use of antimicrobials throughout BJC HealthCare and serves as chair of both the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Antibiotic Utilization Review Committee and the BJC Anti-Infective Panel.
Bailey earned his medical degree in 1984 and completed both his residency and a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University School of Medicine. He joined the faculty in 1991.