Division of Infectious Diseases

Lisa Hill, NP on “Why I Love ID”

Lisa Hill, Nurse Practitioner with Transplant Infectious Diseases on “Why I Love ID” “ID is like a puzzle. You are looking at each piece trying to see how it fits in the big picture.  Sometimes the edges are clear and sometimes pieces are missing. It is our job to look at all the details to take the best care of each person and their family…. Continue Reading

Hope is Not a Plan – Preparing for Public Health Emergencies.

Dr. Hewlett presented her talk “Hope is Not a Plan” for the SHEA/CDC Outbreak Response Training Workshop(ORTP) in Philadelphia in June. The workshop was geared towards Hospital Epidemiologists and focused on hospital preparedness for public health emergencies. Dr. Hewlett specifically spoke on key steps in preparing for a high-consequence pathogen infection, travel and screening tools for locations and risks, multi-drug resistant organisms and the facilitators/barriers… Continue Reading

Dr. Alison Freifeld on “Why I Love ID”

Dr. Freifeld on “Why I Love ID”:  “My 30+ year career in managing infections in the most vulnerable immunosuppressed cancer patients has been an incredible journey and one I would choose again! Infectious complications in this population are often complex and life-threatening, but work of diagnosing and managing those problems (and often there are multiple infectious problems involving viral, fungal and/or bacterial pathogens) is both… Continue Reading

Courage and Heroism in the Face of Ebola – Dr. Martin Salia Honored at Nebraska Medical Center

Dr. Martin Salia was a healthcare hero in his native Sierra Leone. He strove to provide excellent, quality healthcare to patients in Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone, as the Ebola epidemic continued to spread. It was during his selfless determination to care for his patients, that Salia contracted the Ebola virus. He was evacuated and arrived at the Nebraska Biocontaminent Unit, but despite… Continue Reading

Interested in Common Infections in the Elderly? Listen and Learn at UNMC!

Common Infections in the Elderly July 13, 2017 Location: UNMC Eppley Science Hall – Amphitheater In this presentation, Dr. Muhammad Salman Ashraf, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine – Infectious Diseases, will discuss why older adults are at increased risk of infections. He will also identify common infections in the elderly and present management issues related to these infections. **No need to pre-register. Registration will… Continue Reading

HIV prevention – Are you PrEPared?

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is the strategy of administering antiretrovirals to HIV uninfected, at-risk individuals in order to prevent HIV infection. Tenofovir-emtricitabine (Truvada) was approved for HIV PrEP by the FDA in 2012 and is over 90% effective in preventing HIV infection when taken as directed. UNMC’s HIV clinic has been offering HIV PrEP for a few years and demand is steadily increasing, but patients… Continue Reading

Dr. Ashraf on “Why I Love ID”

Dr. Ashraf on “Why I Love ID” “I love the sense of satisfaction that practicing in the field of infectious diseases provides to me.  This is a specialty where we are able to prevent and/or cure most of the diseases. In my opinion, investigating a case of infectious disease like a detective, looking at all possible scenarios and using available evidence to find out the… Continue Reading