Brad Spellberg, MD

Dr. Spellberg is Chief Medical Officer at the Los Angeles County-University of Southern California (LAC+USC) Medical Center.  He is also Medical Director of Biosciences for Los Angeles County, and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine at USC​.

Recent Media for Dr. Spellberg

Watch the powerful documentary movie, Resistance, on Netflix or at

Watch PBS Frontline Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria and companion interview with Dr. Spellberg

May 14, 2020: Spectrum News 1: Angelenos Must Find Ways to Coexist with the Coronavirus

May 8, 2020: The Doctors: COVID-19 update (and introducing Broken, Bankrupt, and Dying)

April 24, 2020: NPR News: Why The Warning That Coronavirus Was On The Move In U.S. Cities Came So Late

April 10, 2020: How far has coronavirus spread? This test is a first step in trying to get back to normal life

March 23, 2020: Was coronavirus in LA in February? Researchers say probably yes

March 19, 2020: Coronavirus Solutions and Lessons with Dr. Brad Spellberg on The Doctors Podcast with Dr. Travis Stork

November 5, 2019: Annals On Call - Shorter-Duration Antibiotics for Community Acquired Pneumonia

October 11, 2019: Q&A: New model could improve antibiotic development

October 8, 2019: Papers highlight challenges, solutions in developing antibioticst

August 22, 2019: Nonprofit drug maker produces TB antibiotic after private companies wouldn’t

July 8, 2019: More Evidence That Shorter Pneumonia Tx Is Better

July 2, 2019: Nonprofit model for antibiotic development ‘overdue’

May 7, 2019: CBS News: LAPD Officers Contracted Staph Infection After Homeless Person Came Into Station

December 5, 2018: ‘Expected practice’ intervention reduces antibiotic prescriptions

November 8, 2018: The Fight Against Resistance: Shorter is Better

October 18, 2018: L.A. typhus outbreak adds fuel to the debates over homelessness and housing

July 19, 2018: Antibiotics Overused for Osteomyelitis in Sacral Pressure Ulcers

April 9, 2018: The Lean Antibiotic Mantra

August 2, 2017: The Common Wisdom on Antibiotics Is Wrong

March 21, 2017: Radio Health Journal interview

March 18, 2017: Check out wonderful new book by Mike Osterholm and Mark Olshaker--excerpt focusing on Abx resistance "Peer Into the Post-Apocalyptic Future of Antimicrobial Resistance"

February 28, 2017: ATTN: Health: What You Need to Know About 'Superbugs' Right Now

February 28, 2017: Medscape.  Clinicians: Beware the Claim of Cost-Effectiveness

October 20, 2016: Medscape.  Antibiotics: 5 Myths Debunked

October 18, 2016: BBC The Inquiry: "How Did We Mess Up Antibiotics"

September 28, 2016: National Webinar: The Future of Antibiotics and Resistance

September 20, 2016: NPR To the Point, on Antibiotic Resistance

September 16, 2016: CIDRAP Podcast on Antibiotic Stewardship and Resistance

September 7, 2016: Scientific American article on antibiotic resistance

July 2, 2016: NPR Science Friday interview on antibiotic resistance

June 21, 2016: Medscape Stopping Antibiotic Overprescribing: What Works?

June 3, 2016: Interview on NPR Science Friday, Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

May 27, 2016: New York Times, Short Answers to Hard Questions About Antibiotic Resistance

March 14, 2016: Interview with The Guardian, How antibiotic resistance could wreak havoc on health, food and travel, by Alison Moodie

February 7, 2016: Interview in Newsweek, TO FIGHT SUPERBUGS, SCIENTISTS ARE TURNING TOWARD ANTIBODIES by Laura Colarusso

October 19, 2015: Interview in US News and World Report, The New War on Bugs: Crafting an Effective Antibiotic Stewardship Program, by Kimberly Leonard (photo of Dr. Spellberg with Dr. Srinivasan from CDC)

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