Dr. Theresa Madaline, now in her first year as an Infectious Diseases faculty member, is a 2013 graduate of the Einstein/Montefiore Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.
Why did you choose Einstein/Montefiore?
Einstein/Montefiore has the most diverse and robust infectious diseases division in the New York area, and our faculty are widely regarded as world experts in HIV, global health, post-transplant/chemotherapy-associated infections, and tropical medicine, among others. The breadth of knowledge and experience amongst our physicians and scientists is second to none, and I am honored to join their ranks.
Theresa Madaline, MD (left)
What's most exciting about your research at the moment?
My research, mentored by Dr. Kami Kim and collaborating with the Blantyre Malaria Project, has focused on the interaction between HIV and malaria in Malawian children.
University of Malawi College of Medicine lab technicians receive flow cytometer training. full image
Little is known about why children die from certain severe forms of malaria, and how to prevent these malaria-related deaths. Our group has discovered that children with HIV tend to develop a severe form of malaria called “cerebral malaria” at an older age than their HIV-negative counterparts, possibly due to dysfunction of immune cells in the setting of HIV. Understanding this phenomenon could be the key to unlocking the underlying cause of illness and death in children with cerebral malaria, and ultimately identifying better treatments.
To that end, we are now studying the immune systems of children in Malawi with HIV and cerebral malaria to identify what makes them unique from their HIV-negative counterparts, and how their immune cells react to the parasite. In pursuing this research, we have been able to bring much-needed resources such as HIV tests kits and a flow cytometer to the University of Malawi College of Medicine, making this work even more exciting and rewarding.
What stands out about your Einstein/Montefiore fellowship experience?
I have been so fortunate to work with five incredible physicians as co-fellows for the past two years. We became instant friends upon starting fellowship, and got along so well that we started planning monthly ID fellow dinners so we could spend more time together, sharing our fellowship experiences and catching up on each others lives. Each month we try a different type of cuisine in a different part of the city. Our favorite is an Italian restaurant on Arthur Avenue. Better yet, I will continue to work with many of my co-fellows as I take on this new faculty role at Einstein, as several of them will also be staying on as faculty members. They are each inspiring and talented ID physicians, and we have learned a lot from one another.
What about the Bronx is most valuable to you?
The people who live and work in the Bronx offer such a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures, and ideas. Every day here is interesting, exciting and unique.
What are you looking forward to as a new faculty member?
I can't wait to establish my inpatient practice and outpatient clinic at Einstein with the goal of providing continuity and follow-up to patients with long-term infectious disease problems, both in and out of the hospital. By working closely with all of the different medical specialties in the hospital and with the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program, I know we can tackle the challenging infectious disease issues facing the Bronx community and provide the absolute best care for patients at Montefiore.