Division of Infectious Diseases

Headed to #ECCMID2018? UNMC ID will be there!

UNMCID is a versatile Infectious Diseases Division, with faculty active in multiple clinical/research pursuits. Some of our faculty are just returning from #SHEA2018 in Portland OR, and others are headed to Madrid Spain to participate in #ECCMID2018 this week from April 21-24.  If you are going to be in Madrid this week, here’s where to find us at #ECCMID2018. Below is the list of faculty… Continue Reading

UNMC Goes to Nicaragua on Medical Missions

UNMC medical students, UNMC physical therapy students, Dr. Florescu, and I (Ada, Florescu, a University of Nebraska college student) all started working very early in the morning on March 19th in Managua, Nicaragua. Although it was early in the morning, the heat in Managua was unstoppable and there was no air conditioner anywhere to be found to prevent us all from sweating profusely. From 8… Continue Reading

Who’s going to #SHEA2018?

UNMCID is excited to participate in #SHEA2018 this week from April 18-20 in Portland, OR. This is going to be an exciting conference this year, featuring “Education on Innovative Topics Addressing Unanswered Issues in Healthcare Epidemiology, Antibiotic Stewardship, and Post-Acute & Long-Term Care“.  We want to be sure YOU know where to find us in Portland! Below is the list of faculty presentations, posters and… Continue Reading

New Faculty Spotlight – James Lawler, MD, MPH, FIDSA

Dr. Lawler recently joined UNMC and the ID Division serving as the Director of Clinical and Biodefense Research within the National Strategic Research Institute and Director of International Programs and Innovation with Global Center for Health Security On a more personal note, we asked Dr. Lawler a few questions: Why did you choose to come to UNMC? What excites you about Infectious Diseases? And we asked him to… Continue Reading

Faculty Research Presentation: Bacterial Iron Metabolism and Novel Antimicrobial Strategies

Every month, we have a faculty member presents their ongoing research. Last month we had the opportunity to learn from Dean Bradley Britigan about novel antimicrobial strategies involving disruption of bacterial iron metabolism.  Microorganisms need iron for growth and metabolism; they need it for enzymes, gene regulation, and development of virulence factors. Most bacterial species requiring iron for metabolism secrete siderophores which are low molecular… Continue Reading

ID Journal Club Presents…Antimicrobial Stewardship in Immunocompromised Patients with Febrile Neutropenia of Unknown Origin– Focusing on Early De-escalation

Targeted therapy and antimicrobial stewardship in patients with febrile neutropenia is difficult because in the vast majority of cases, an organism is not identified, and patients are known to be high risk for serious infections. Antibiotic de-escalation in patients with neutropenic fever varies, with European guidelines recommending 72hr de-escalation and North American guidelines recommending continuation of broad spectrum therapy until neutrophil engraftment. Dr. Jasmine Marcelin… Continue Reading

Ryan Ross, RN on Why I Love ID

Why I Love ID: “Why I love ID? I love ID because it brought me many new challenges as a nurse. I’ve been able to learn in depth about infections ranging from Tuberculosis to prosthetic joint infections. I love being part of a team that has the knowledge and expertise to be able to diagnose infections that others could not find. It’s very rewarding to… Continue Reading

Celebrating Doctor’s Day

March 30th will pass by for some as any other day. However, it should not.  It is a day for us to celebrate and recognize American physicians for their ongoing work to improve the health of our communities, country and world. As we have said before, in the end, we are all patients. Doctors will impact the lives of most, if not all, American’s at… Continue Reading

Breakfast with IDSA CEO Chris Busky, CAE

This morning members of our UNMC ID division had the opportunity to have breakfast with the CEO of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), Chris Busky, CAE. Though it was early in the morning, our fellows and several faculty made an appearance at the breakfast, where we listened to a short presentation by Mr. Busky, followed by an informal question-and-answer session discussing issues that… Continue Reading

Congratulations to UNMC ID Faculty designated as Top Teachers for 2017!

After every rotation, medical students and Internal Medicine Residents at UNMC submit evaluations on their faculty members. The Department of Internal Medicine pools all of the evaluation data and designates the faculty with the top 33% of evaluation scores as “Top Teachers”.  For the year 2017, four of our Infectious Disease faculty members who attend on the General ID Service and participate in Medical Student… Continue Reading