Division of Infectious Diseases

Infectious Diseases Faculty

Division Chief

Liise-anne Pirofski, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine
Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Professor in Biomedical Research 

Research Interests: Immunity to encapsulated pathogens, antibody immunity, vaccine development, convalescent plasma therapy 

Faculty

Jacqueline M. Achkar, MD, MS
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Co-Director, Global Health Center
Associate Director of Translational Bench-to-Bedside Research Training, Clinical Research Training Program 

Research Interests: Human host responses to M. tuberculosis - identification and development of TB biomarkers and diagnostics; correlates of M. tuberculosis infection activity; protective antibody responses and functions against M. tuberculosis


Peter Alpert, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: HIV treatment, resistance, adherence


Rachel Bartash, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Associate Program Director, Fellowship Training Program in Infectious Diseases 

Research Interests: antimicrobial stewardship in immunocompromised hosts, optimization of antimicrobial prophylaxis in this patient population, use of MRSA screening as a tool for antibiotic de-escalation, convalescent plasma therapy 


Stephen G. Baum, MD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Medicine (Administration)
Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Senior Advisor for Students

Research Interests: Viral and mycoplasmal pneumonia 


Raffaele Bernardo, DO
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and retention in care, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections


Michela Catalano, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Director, Occupational Health Service, Montefiore Medical Center

Research Interests: Infections in health care workers, vaccines


Ashley Ceniceros, MD
Instructor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests:Infections in intravenous drug users


John Chan, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Director, Medical Scientists Training Program

Research Interests: Immune responses to M. tuberculosis; bacterial and host mechanisms underlying tuberculous latency and reactivation; vaccine development targeting bacterial factors, B cell and humoral immunity, and immune evasion pathways


Laura Cheney, MD, PhD
Instructor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Instructor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology 

Research Interests: Molecular basis of HIV-1 neuropathogenesis 


Marilou Corpuz, M.D.  
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Diabetic foot infections, Hospital Acquired infections, Infections in the Elderly


Christina M. Coyle, MD, MS
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Assistant Dean for Faculty Development
Director of Clinical Infectious Disease, Jacobi Hospital
Director of Tropical of Medicine Clinic, Jacobi Hospital
Hospital Epidemiologist, Jacobi Hospital

Research Interests: Clinical tropical medicine


Johanna P Daily, MD, MS
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Research Interests: Plasmodium falciparum pathogenesis, drug resistance, and host response; convalescent plasma therapy


Uriel R. Felsen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Medical Director for HIV Testing at the AIDS Center

Research Interests: research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of HIV treatment and prevention strategies with an emphasis on the role of routine, expanded HIV testing.


Inessa Gendlina Inessa Gendlina, MD, Ph.D
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
East Campus Director of Infection Prevention and Quality Improvement
Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases, East Campus

Research Interests:Preventing, treating and managing infections with patients with immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID), including patients with primary and secondary immunedeficiencies as well as drug induced immune dysregulation.


Robert Grossberg, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Medical Director, Center for Positive Living/ID Clinic 

Research Interests: Treatment adherence, HIV quality of care, HIV clinical trials, novel antiviral therapies  


Yi Guo, PharmD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Infectious Diseases 

Research Interests: Antimicrobial stewardship (antimicrobial resistance, antimicrobial utilization/evaluation, antiretroviral prescribing errors-promoting medication safety)  


Carol Harris, MD, MSc
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology
Director, Einstein Institute of Global HIV Medicine 

Research Interests: International AIDS, HIV, tropical medicine


Vagish S. Hemmige MDVagish S. Hemmige MD, MS
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) 

Research Interests: Infections in the immunocompromised host, data mining, testing stewardship, HIV, trials of novel anti-inflammatory therapies 


Ruchika Jian MD Ruchika Jain, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Clostridioides difficile, drug resistant Gram-negative organisms, infection control


Elizabeth R. Jenny-Avital, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) 

Research Interests: Clinical HIV studies, co-infection with HIV-1 and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, antimicrobial stewardship, HIV-2 infection, neurologic complications of HIV infection 

 

Marla Keller, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Medicine
Associate Director, Block Institute for clinical and translational research 

Research Interests: HIV and women, topical microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), HIV clinical trials, women's health, HIV and herpes prevention 

 

Ira Leviton, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Rational use of antibiotics, writing consent forms that research subjects understand


Margaret McCourtMargaret McCort, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Infections in immunocompromised hosts; diagnostic stewardship; Hypogammaglobulinemia


Eric Meyerowitz, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: HIV prevention and treatment, gender affirming care, substance use disorder, HTLV-1 associated myelopathy and other complications of chronic viral infections, COVID-19 management and outcomes, mycobacterial infections, sexually transmitted infections.


Grace Minamoto, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Inpatient Director, Montefiore AIDS Center

Research Interests: Infections in immunocompromised hosts (HIV, transplantation, cancer)


Dr. Cariane Morales-MatosCariane Morales-Matos, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Screening, prevention and treatment of HIV and sexually transmitted infections.


Victoria A. Muggia, MD
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Transplant infectious disease, HIV primary care


Kerry Murphy, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Genital Tract immunity, vaginal microbiome, HIV prevention, reproductive aging, hormonal contraceptives


Priya Nori, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Director, Antibiotic Stewardship Program, Department of Medicine
Program Director, Fellowship Training Program in Infectious Diseases 

Research Interests: Antimicrobal stewardship, with emphasis on improving evidence-based antibiotic prescribing in medical providers 


Joshua Nosanchuk, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education 

Research Interests: medical education; assessment; fungal pathogenesis; host-pathogen biology; regenerative medicine; innovative therapeutics 


Sun O. Park, MD. MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Infectious diseases epidemiology


Dr. Yoram Puius, Infectious Diseases faculty member, Assistant Professor, Associate Director of the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, Einstein College of MedicineYoram Puius, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery 

Research Interests: Infections in the immunocompromised host, including recipients of kidney, liver, heart, and stem cell transplants; infections in patients with hematological malignancies; infections in patients with Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs); Lyme disease.  


Chitra Punjabi Chitra Punjabi Katiyar, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Quality Improvement, East Campus
Einstein Campus Antibiotic Stewardship Program 

Research Interests: Antimicrobial Stewardship and oral antibiotic therapy 


 Paul Riska, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) 

Research Interests: Diagnosis, treatment and epidemiology of Clostridium difficile; tuberculosis; novel antiviral therapies 


Noah Robbins, MD, CM
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Infective endocarditis and sexually transmitted infections


Jonathan Shuter, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Director of Clinical Research, Montefiore Medical Center AIDS Center

Research Interests: Tobacco use in persons living with HIV/AIDS, adherence to antiretroviral medications


Uzman Sarwar, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Early-phase clinical trials of investigational candidate vaccines for HIV, malaria, influenza, Ebola, chikungunya, and other emerging infectious diseases

 


David K. Stein, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Director, Adult HIV Clinic, Jacobi Medical Center 

Research Interests: treatment of HIV and opportunistic infections; gene therapy for the treatment of HIV 


Julian Torres, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests: Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), Hepatitis C infection


Louis M. Weiss, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Pathology
Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Co-Director, Einstein Global Health Center 

Research Interests: Toxoplasma gondii: Mechanisms of latency of infection. Structure and composition of the T. gondii cyst wall. Microsporidia: Mechanism of host cell invasion. Structure and composition of the polar tube and spore wall 


Gregory D. Weston, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)
Director, Infection Prevention and Control 

Research Interests: epidemiology, mechanisms of resistance, and therapy of multi-drug resistant gram-negative infections, particularly Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacterales 


Ellen Wexler, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Infectious Diseases)

Research Interests:


Hyun Ah Yoon MDHyun Ah Yoon MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Hospital Medicine

Research Interests: Fungal infection, Cryptococcosis, Infection in immunocompromised host/HIV


Barry S. Zingman, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine
Medical Director, AIDS Center
Clinical Director, Infectious Diseases, Moses Division

Research Interests: HIV and infectious diseases administration and care; HIV quality and guidelines development; new antiretroviral agents; HIV/Hepatitis C co-infection; HIV testing; novel antiviral therapies


Adjunct Professors

Mahalia S. Desruisseaux, MD 

Marta Feldmesser, M.D. 

Bettina C. Fries, M.D. 

Kami Kim, M.D. 

Belinda E. Ostrowsky, M.D. 


Affiliated Faculty

(Research fields are included where available.)

Pediatric Infectious Diseases  

Natalia Cheshenko, PhD  

Joanna Dobroszycki, MD  

Glenn Fennelly, MD  

Betsy Herold, MD (HIV and HSV)

David Goldman, MD (cryptococcus, anthrax)

Nathan Litman, MD  

Marguerite Mayers, MD  

Michael Rosenberg, MD, PhD  

Arye Rubinstein, MD (allergies)

Basic Science 

John S. Blanchard, Ph.D. (drug action and resistance in tuberculosis)

Jurgen Brojatsch, PhD (drug action and resistance in tuberculosis)

Robert Burk, MD (HPV)

Kartik Chandran, Ph.D. (ebola)

Harris Goldstein, MD, Director, Einstein/MMC Center for AIDS Research (HIV)

William Jacobs, PhD (tuberculosis)

Giliane Joseph, MD 

Ganjam Kalpana, PhD (HIV)

Margaret Kielian, PhD (viral entry)

Gregoire Lauvau, Ph.D. (T-cell immunity)

Jack Lenz, PhD (retroviruses)

Steven Porcelli, MD (tuberculosis, T-cell immunity)

Vinayaka Prasad, PhD (HIV)

Matthew Scharff, MD (humoral immune response)

Duncan Wilson, PhD (HSV)

Epidemiology and Population Health Medicine  

Eran Y. Bellin, MD, Vice President, Clinical IT Research and Development Emerging Health Information Technology Montefiore Medical Center

Ellie Schoenbaum, MD, Director, Clinical Research Training Program, Harold and Muriel Block Institute for Clinical and Translational Research at Einstein and Montefiore

General Internal Medicine 

Kathy Anastos, MD (HIV)

Julia Arnsten, MD (HIV)

James C.M. Brust, MD (tuberculosis)

Anjali Sharma, MD 

Pathology  

Joan Berman, PhD (HIV)

Amy Fox, MD, Director, Clinical Virology Laboratory

Michael Levi, DSc, Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory

Wendy Szymczak, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology

Faculty Leadership

Members of the Division's reknowned faculty serve in prominent leadership roles throughout Einstein/Montefiore. more 

 

 

        
       
       
 
 

Conferences & Seminars

Infectious Diseases Grand Rounds
Fellow Presentation
Dr. Choudhury
Wednesday, December 09, 2020 @ 9:00 AM

Conference & Seminar Schedules

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