Division of Infectious Diseases

Ongoing Debate on the Treatment of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia

Dr. Andre Kalil, our Director of Transplant Infectious Diseases, recently co-authored a reply to Geriak et al.: “Clinical Data on Daptomycin plus Ceftaroline versus Standard of Care Monotherapy in the Treatment of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Bacteremia.” Debate around the findings of this article was recently featured by Dr. Razan El Ramahi in the IDSA ID journal club and on this blog. In their reply to… Continue Reading

Contraception and Antiretroviral Therapy: Important Interactions to Keep in Mind

Dr. Kimberly Scarsi recently published an important study in Lancet HIV: “Antiretroviral therapy and vaginally administered contraceptive hormones: a three-arm, pharmacokinetic study.”  We were excited to learn more about and feature her work! Could you please give us a brief summary of the study you performed? This was a pharmacokinetic evaluation of the effect of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on vaginally administered hormones. Overall, 84 women… Continue Reading

Helping Our Patients Beyond the Clinic

As we start a new year, we thought it would be appropriate to share a story that reminds me of what is fundamental to a life in medicine: helping those we have the power to help. The Nebraska Medicine Specialty Care Center houses our HIV clinic as well as a hygiene pantry that stocks supplies to help patients who don’t have access to these products,… Continue Reading

Evaluating Next-Generation Melioidosis Diagnostics

In addition to being one of our ID physicians, Dr. James Lawler serves as the Director or International Programs and Innovation at the Global Center for Health Security, a center that will focus on training federal personnel to manage highly infectious diseases, and Director of Clinical and Biodefense Research at the National Strategic Research Institute.  His interest in global health extends to his research, and we’re excited to… Continue Reading

Following up on pharmacist-led HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis

Earlier this year we featured a study by UNMC ID Drs. Sara Bares and Susan Swindells: “Midwest pharmacists’ familiarity, experience, and willingness to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV.”  We’re excited to share an update on their work building inter-professional relationships to increase PrEP education and use in Nebraska that was recently published in Open Forum Infectious Diseases: “Acceptability and feasibility of a pharmacist-led HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis… Continue Reading

EMR Order Set Speeds Time to Antibiotic Treatment in Musculoskeletal Infections

Dr. Angela Hewlett spends her time at UNMC not only studying Ebola but also working to prevent and manage musculoskeletal infections.  In addition to publishing this year’s update on “What’s New in Musculoskeletal Infection,” she collaborated with orthopedic surgeons, trauma surgeons, and emergency physicians to design and implement a new order set in the UNMC electronic medical record system to streamline antibiotic initiation in the… Continue Reading

Pharm2Exam Table: Does methenamine prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)?

The following is a clinical review written by Lauren Hoeft, PharmD, a recent graduate of the UNMC College of Pharmacy, and supervised by Scott Bergman PharmD FIDSA, Clinical Pharmacy Coordinator of Nebraska Medicine Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Does methenamine prevent recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)? Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are one of the most common indications for the use of antibiotics. A UTI is diagnosed not… Continue Reading

Strong, Smart, and Bold: UNMC ID Faculty Empower Young Women at Girls, Inc.

Strep, pneumonia, microbiome, oh my! ID physicians Dr. Alison Freifeld, Dr. Andrea Zimmer, and Dr. Erica Stohs and Dr. Caitlin Murphy, Assistant Director of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory, recently brought the world of infectious disease medicine to young women at Girls Inc. Omaha.  Girls learned about common infections and the bugs that cause them, the bacteria that inhabits the world around them, and careers in… Continue Reading

Special contributor: Dr. Shipra Goel

Dr. Shipra Goel joined us for the summer as an observer in the Infectious Disease Department.  We’re excited to include her contributions to our blog during the month she was with us! My journey to an exciting observership at UNMC was enabled by my passion for infectious diseases (ID) which was virulent enough to infect Dr. Marcelin from 8000 miles away. Thanks to social media,… Continue Reading

Meet Jessica Quick, our new ID administrator

We’re excited to welcome Jessica Quick, MBA, to our UNMC ID team as a new administrator! Why did you choose to come work at UNMC? UNMC has a wonderful reputation in the community for innovation and growth.  Joining the ID Division gave me the chance to expand my horizons and learn more about the academic portion of practice, along with continuing to be involved in… Continue Reading