Division of Infectious Diseases

Twitter Here We Come!!

Thank you for ALL of the AMAZING support for our blog! We are thrilled to continue our venture into social media to provide more content, and commentary, on what is happening in the world of Infectious Diseases – particularly here at UNMC. With that goal in mind, we have officially launched our Twitter account @UNMC_ID. We encourage you to join us on Twitter and engage… Continue Reading

Welcoming Our New Fellows – Focus on Dr. Hankins

Tell us about the position you are starting? I think it’s a little difficult to fully describe the position that I am starting.  I don’t fully know all the ins and outs of what the Infectious Disease fellow does, but I’m excited to get into the position and learn. Tell us about your background? When people ask me where I’m from, I always find that… Continue Reading

What’s Hot in Infection Control?

Here are some fantastic take-home points from our Infection Preventionists who attended APIC 2017 – the national meeting of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.  Water management Legionella  – Building water safety & Management Legionella is endemic to overall water systems, not just the cooling towers, therefore infection control programs need to be concerned about the sporadic nosocomial risk, not just outbreak… Continue Reading

New Faculty Spotlight – Dr. El-Ramahi

Background: I am Jordanian but grew up in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where my dad used to work. I moved back to attend medical school at the Jordan University of Science and Technology. After graduation, I worked in Jordan for two years before moving to the United States. We recently moved to Omaha and before that we lived in Tucson, Arizona for more than 6 years…. Continue Reading

Dr. Paul Fey on “Why I Love Clinical Microbiology”

  Dr. Paul Fey on “Why I Love Clinical Microbiology: “I love clinical microbiology because each pathogen that invades a human host has a different strategy. Our job is to determine how these processes occur mechanistically but also practically utilize this information to find new diagnostic strategies for our patients and clinical colleagues. ”   See more about UNMC Clinical Microbiology here.

Seeking a Full-time Physician to Join UNMC’s HIV Program

We are looking for a board-eligible/board-certified ID physician to join our HIV team. As the largest provider of care to patients living with HIV in the Omaha area, the HIV clinic provides quality health care in a truly integrated system wherein medical care, case management and advocacy are provided via a multidisciplinary approach. Alongside the clinical care, the UNMC HIV program actively participates in both… Continue Reading

Do the Right Thing and Get a Flu Vaccine

Content courtesy of Dr. Mark Rupp. As the days shorten and there is a bit of fall nip in the morning air, it is a reminder that the respiratory virus season will be here soon. Although the flu vaccine is not perfect (about 50% protection), it remains our best means to prevent influenza.  We are not able to predict with accuracy whether this will be… Continue Reading

Vitamin C and Sepsis – Miracle, Madness or Still Murky?

Experimental and emerging data suggest intravenous ascorbic acid may be a potential therapy in patients presenting with septic shock, but more evidence is needed to confirm or refute the clinical utility of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Proposed mechanisms of this essential water-soluble vitamin include anti-inflammatory effects, reduction in oxidative damage, and preservation of endothelial function and microcirculatory flow.1 Additionally, ascorbic acid is a cofactor in… Continue Reading

Welcome to Stacy Severin – Transplant Infectious Diseases Clinical Study Associate

Tell us about the position you are starting? I am starting as a research nurse coordinator in infectious disease, solid organ transplant division. Tell us about your background? I have been an RN for the last 9 years, with the last 4 in research.  I have always worked in the Oncology field prior to this position. My first nursing position was here at Nebraska Medicine… Continue Reading

HIV Clinic Nurse Case Manager Receives a Community Award

Precious Davis, BSN, MSN received the “Field of Medicine Award” on Saturday, August 26th from the Omaha Section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW).  This organization recognizes individuals in the community for outstanding achievement. Each year individuals are recognized for excellence in medicine, education, leadership, community involvement, embodiment of the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy and youth in excellence. Precious is a Nurse Case… Continue Reading