Division of Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases News & Media

Dr. Arturo Casadevall, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Albert Einstein College of MedicineDr. Arturo Casadevall to Deliver Einstein's 2014 Commencement Address
Arturo Casadevall, M.D., Ph.D., the Leo and Julia Forchheimer Professor and chair of the department of Microbiology & Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center, the University Hospital and academic medical center for Einstein, will deliver the keynote address at Einstein's 2014 commencement ceremony for the 56th graduation at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall on Wednesday, May 28.


When Test Result is HIV+: What Primary Care Should Do First
Dr. Barry Zingman, director, Montefiore AIDS Center, offers advice for physicians on how to counsel and educate patients when they are first told they are HIV positive.

How Barrier-Free One-Stop HIV Care Works
In this profile of the AIDS Center, Dr. Barry Zingman, medical director, outlines the program’s unique approach to patient care.


Phils infielder Galvis has MRSA infection
Dr. Theresa Madaline says MRSA can be very serious and cause complications, but, if properly treated, it can be cured.


Dr. David Stein HIV gene editing study Einstein Jacobi Medical Center Bronx NYStudy Reveals Gene Editing Treatment of HIV
Dr. David K. Stein took part in a groundbreaking study that uncovered the possibility of HIV being cured by removing a protein from infected patients' immune cells.


Dr. Kami 

Kim, infectious diseases expert in the pathogenesis of toxoplasmosis and malaria at Albert Einstein 

College of Medicine, Bronx, NYDr. Kami Kim Receives Perfect Score for Geographic Medicine and Emerging Infections Grant
Under Principal Investigator Dr. Kami Kim, the Geographic Medicine and Emerging Infections NIH T32 training grant recently received a perfect score in its NIH review.


Dr. Marla Keller, Professor of Infectious Diseases at Albert Einstein College of MedicineMarla Keller Appointed to HHS Antiretroviral Panel
Dr. Marla J. Keller will join five new scientific members to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents (a working group of the Office of AIDS Research Council) starting in March 2014.



Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Expands To Wakefield Campus
Launched in 2008 at the Moses and Einstein Campuses and expanded to CHAM in early 2013, the Division of Infectious Diseases' innovative Antimicrobial Stewardship Program was introduced last month at the Montefiore Wakefield Campus.


Boosting Careers of Female Scientists
New research by Dr. Arturo Casadevall suggests that putting more women in decision-making roles to organize symposia could offer a step forward for their professional advancement.


ESBL-Producing Infection Rate Unchanged with Universal Urine Screening
Dr. Brian Currie comments on a study finding universal screening of urine cultures did not reduce the incidence rates of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase–producing e-coli in hospitals.


Keller to Serve on HHS Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines
Dr. Marla J. Keller will join five new scientific members to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Panel on Antiretroviral Guidelines for Adults and Adolescents, a working group of the Office of AIDS Research Council.


Casadevall Gives Prestigious NIAID Memorial Lecture
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health recently welcomed Dr. Arturo Casadevall to deliver the Joseph J. Kinyoun Memorial Lecture.


Targeting HIV with Radiommunotherapy
Dr. Barry Zingman took part in a study led by Dr. Ekaterina Dadachova finding that radioimmunotherapy could potentially eradicate HIV-infected cells.


HIV Testing Available for All Moses Emergency Department Patients
As part of a statewide effort to speed diagnosis, get patients treated sooner, increase chances of long-term survival, and reduce spread of the disease, all patients seen in Montefiore's Moses Emergency Department are now routinely offered HIV testing.


Pirofski Wins Einstein Faculty Mentoring Award
Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is a winner of the 2013 Einstein Faculty Mentoring Award.


Guiding Principles
Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski discusses how the Einstein-Montefiore Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) is altering prescribing behaviors.


Does Gargling with Salt Water Ease a Sore Throat?/Does Cold Weather Cause Colds?
Dr. Brian Currie puts some of the common myths to rest and outlines the reasons and remedies for colds and sore throats.


Preventing the Next Superbug
Dr. Theresa Madaline explains how MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus, arose from antibiotic misuse and has permeated the Bronx community.


Fighting Antibiotic Resistance by Addressing Prescribing Behaviors
Antibiotic stewardship programs that promote judicious and effective antibiotic use and educate clinicians about best practices are vital to slow the onslaught of multidrug-resistant organisms.

Madaline to Run Marathon for Malawi
Dr. Theresa Madaline, faculty member and attending physician, will run the Philadelphia Marathon November 17 to raise money and awareness for malaria research in Malawi.


Low Dose Antibiotic Treatment of C.Difficile As Effective As High Dose in Hospital Setting
A new study by Drs. Belinda Ostrowsky and Philip Chung brings good news for the fight against antibiotic resistance.


America's Deadliest Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski comments on how the past should inform our current understanding and preparedness for deadly infectious disease outbreaks.


Meth Use May Increase Risk of Deadly Lung Infection
Methamphetamine users are more vulnerable to fungal lung infections according to new research by Dr. Luis Martinez featured in The Los Angeles Times.


Inaugural Career Day Addresses Issues of Female Faculty
Dr. Christina Coyle spoke at a day-long program addressing the underrepresentation of women in faculty positions.


The Upcoming Flu Season: What You Need to Know Now
Dr. Brian Currie, vice president and medical director, research, was quoted about preparing for the upcoming flu season and the importance of getting the flu vaccine.


Drugs to Fight Deadly Superbugs in Short Supply
Dr. Brian Currie was featured as a leading expert in combating the highly resistant CRE bacteria.


Raiding Grandma's Medicine Cabinet
Dr. The New York Times featured Dr. Arturo Casadevall commenting on the rise in antibiotic resistance and renewed interest in pre-penicillin-era treatments.


Nori Awarded Research Prize
Division of Infectious Diseases' Dr. Priya Nori was among investigators representing the Department of Medicine who were awarded research prizes at the 18th annual Montefiore Young Investigators Symposium.


Kim Elected American Academy of Microbiology Fellow
Dr. Kami Kim has been elected a 2013 Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in recognition of her scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.


Cheating in Science
Dr. Arturo Casadevall was featured in Los Angeles Times and Seattle Times about his new research finding that 65 percent of scientific misconduct cases were perpetrated by men.


Bronx Now 2nd in Number of New HIV Cases Among Women
Dr. Robert Grossberg discussed a new report indicating that the Bronx is no longer first in New York City in new HIV cases among women.


Controlling CRE in the ICUs
Dr. Brian Currie was featured as a leading expert on Montefiore’s efforts to reduce carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) transmission in ICU settings.

 

Pirofski, Kim to be Inducted Into the AAP
Drs. Liise-anne Pirofski and Kami Kim will be inducted into the prestigious Association of American Physicians (AAP) at the joint ASCI/AAP meeting in April 2013.

 

AAP membership is a great honor: the organization's current members include Nobel laureates and members of the National Academy of Science and the Institute of Medicine.

 

Chagas Disease Is Going Global
Research by Dr. Herbert Tanowitz sheds light on Chagas disease, an vector-borne tropical disease now rising in the U.S.

 

What's In a Name?: Organism Named for Einstein Scientist
Ichthyosporidium weissii, a newly identified form of microsporidium (parasite) found to cause tumor-like collections in the ovaries of female arrow goby fish, now bears the name of infectious disease faculty member Dr. Louis Weiss.

 

HIV and Cervical Cancer Screening
Testing for HPV in HIV-positive women may help reduce frequency of cervical cancer screening for some women, according to Dr. Marla Keller and fellow researchers.

 

Coyle Receives Rosen Award
Dr. Christina M. Coyle was the winner of the 2012 Samuel M. Rosen Award for outstanding teaching, presented at Einstein's medical school graduation.

 

2012 Resident/Fellow Research Symposium Winners Announced
Dr. Kerry Murphy, Infectious Diseases fellow, was among the winners of the the 2012 Department of Medicine Resident/Fellow Research Symposium.

Dr. Jacqueline Achkar was the co-editor of a multi-author Supplement to the Journal of Infectious Diseases. announcement 


Medicine Faculty Named Super Doctors
Dr. Marla Keller was among the 31 Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine faculty members chosen for the Super Doctors listing of outstanding physicians, having attained a high degree of peer recognition or professional achievement.

 

Leviton, Rodriguez Receive Grand Rounds Awards
Dr. Ira Leviton and Mildred Rodriguez were recently recognized for supervision and adept handling of Grand Rounds.

 

HIV Testing, Counseling Now at Weiler
As part of its mission to advance routine HIV testing, the Montefiore AIDS Center has posted a HIV tester/counselor at the Weiler Division.

Resident/Fellow Research Symposium Winners
Dr. Nell Eisenberg, Infectious Diseases fellow, was among winners of the very successful 2011 Department of Medicine Research Symposium.

Gonzalez, Ostrowsky, Zingman Receive Distinctions
Drs. Cristina Gonzalez, Belinda Ostrowsky, and Barry Zingman have recently been recognized for healthcare leadership roles.

Nosanchuk Appointed to NBME/USMLE Committee
Dr. Joshua Nosanchuk has been appointed to the STEP 1 Committee for the NBME/USMLE.

Vaccine From Synthetic Gene Protects vs. Deadly Pneumonia
An experimental vaccine developed by Dr. Liise-anne Pirofski and colleagues appears to protect against a deadly form of pneumococcal pneumonia.

Einstein-Montefiore Doctors Give Life-Changing Heart Surgery to Haitian Teen
Dr. Mahalia Desruisseaux (Infectious Diseases), who had traveled to Haiti to assist in the relief effort, identified a serious heart condition in Lovely Ajuste, a Port-au-Prince teen. On the one-year anniversary of the quakes, Ms. Ajuste underwent open-heart surgery at Montefiore to correct the defect.

98.6 °F Ideal Temperature for Keeping Fungi Away and Food at Bay
Drs. Arturo Casadevall and Aviv Bergman have found that our 98.6° F (37° C) body temperature strikes a perfect balance: warm enough to ward off fungal infection but not so hot that we need to eat nonstop to maintain our metabolism.

Ostrowsky Named SHEA Fellow
Belinda Ostrowsky (Infectious Diseases) has been named a Fellow of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

AIDS Center Recognized for Excellence in Latino Care
The Montefiore AIDS Center and its Center for Positive Living/ID Clinic were cited for demonstrating best practices in caring for Latinos with HIV.

Kim to Chair NIH Study Section
Kami Kim, MD (Infectious Diseases) has been invited to chair the NIH Study Section "AIDS-Associated Opportunistic Infections and Cancer" in the Center for Scientific Review.

Overcoming Vaccination Resistance
Will more people get flu shots this season? Dr. Stephen Baum, flu specialist, responds.

Residency Program Undergoes Leadership Changes
The Department's residency programs welcome Drs. Bettina Fries, Lauren Shapiro, and Nicole Sirotin to leadership roles. 

2010 Resident/Fellow Research Symposium Winners
Infectious Diseases fellow Dr. Shruti Gohil was among the winners and honorable mentions of the 2010 Resident/Fellow Research Symposium.

Influenza in Review
Infectious disease specialists Stephen Baum and Belinda Ostrowsky give a postmortem of the H1N1 crisis.

Fries Chosen for Residency Firm Leader
Bettina Fries (Infectious Diseases) has been recruited as Firm Two Leader of the Internal Medicine Residency Program.

Dr. Herbert Tanowitz, class of 1967 and professor of medicine and pathology, has received the Dominick P. Purpura Distinguished Alumnus Award. story 

Dr. Joshua Nosanchuk has been elected to the American Society for Cilinical Investigation (ASCI). story 

In the 2009 edition of The Scientist magazine's "Best Places to Work in Academia," Einstein ranked third out of 94 U.S academic institutions.

Faculty Promotions
Congratulations to Drs. Christina Coyle, Gary Kalkut, Jonathan Shuter, and Barry Zingman on their appointments as Professors of Clinical Medicine at Einstein.

Dr. Bettina Fries-Director of the Medical Scientist Pathway
Dr. Fries will be stewarding the research track in the internal medicine residency program.

ID Fellowship Program Gets Top ACGME Review
A June 2008 site RRC visit yielded successful results for the Einstein-Montefiore Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program's re-accreditation.

Einstein-Montefiore Infectious Diseases Faculty Awards
Ten Infectious Diseases faculty members and fellows have received grants and awards, including the prestigious Einstein Lifetime Achievement Award, Lifetime Achievement Award.

Gacser Wins Research Scholar Award for Candida Studies Dr. Attila Gacser won one of six Belfer Institute outstanding postdoctoral research scholar awards for an article published in the December 2007 issue of Fungal Genetics and Biology.

Online Ordering: ID Consultations for Adult Inpatients (Carecast)
All Infectious Diseases consultations for adult inpatients should be ordered electronically on Carecast. Here's how to do it.

Download Montefiore Treatment Guidelines for Clostridium difficile colitis (updated and prepared by a committee with representatives from Infectious Diseases, Gastroenterology, General Surgery, and Pharmacy, and Microbiology)

Coyle to co-direct the Annual Intensive Update Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Travelers’ Health
Dr. Christina Coyle will co-direct the course with Dr. Eric Houpt of University of Virgina School of Medicine.

 
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