Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

How to Become a Lyme-Illiterate Physician

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, May 21, 2015

8:00 AM: Forchheimer Medical Science Building 3rd Floor Lecture Hall

Speaker & Info

Yoram Puius, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Einstein Montefiore

Repeated at 12:15 pm, Cherkasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Yoram Puius completed MD and PhD degrees at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2001. His original research was in the structural biology of signal transduction proteins in the laboratory of Dr. Steven Almo. After completing a residency in Internal Medicine at New York Hospital, he completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at Columbia Presbyterian, before an additional year at Tufts Medical Center focusing on infections in transplant recipients.

Dr. Puius's first position was at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, Rhode Island in 2007. There he served as Medical Director of Infection Control and Assistant Program Director of the Internal Medicine Residency, while holding the rank of Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine. In Rhode Island he further developed interest and expertise in tickborne diseases. In addition, he directed infectious diseases protocols and education for the sole Bone Marrow Transplant Unit in the state of Rhode Island. During this time he published and spoke regionally both on infections in the immunocompromised host and Lyme disease.

Since joining Einstein Montefiore in 2011 at the rank of Assistant Professor, Dr. Puius has worked closely with transplant teams providing inpatient and outpatient consultations, working on protocols for various selection committees, and developing an online transplant infections curriculum. He has also served as Associate Program Director for the Fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He remains clinically active in the evaluation and treatment of tickborne diseases.

Dr. Puius is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the American Society for Transplantation, and the Transplantation Society. He has been a reviewer for Transplant Infectious Diseases, the Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Critical Care.

After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the clinical spectrum and natural history of Lyme disease
  2. Learn which laboratory tests are well-validated and how to discount false-positive tests
  3. Understand the evidence supporting the idea that "Chronic Lyme Disease" is not a true clinical entity
  4. Understand pitfalls in the over-diagnosis and overtreatment of Lyme

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Department of Medicine (Division of Infectious Diseases)

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