Division of Infectious Diseases

UNMC ID Accolades

To say that dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging may be the understatement of the year. Yet despite COVID-19, our faculty and staff are continuing to publish impactful papers, engage with their communities, transform medical education, practice extraordinary medicine, and change people’s lives. In this post, we want to highlight our division members who have been honored with local, regional, and national awards… Continue Reading

Farewell and new beginnings for our graduating fellows

On Wednesday, June 10, 2020, the Infectious Diseases Division gathered to celebrate two outstanding fellows, Drs. Lindsey Rearigh and Randy McCreery. Both are graduating and moving on to amazing next steps. This year’s graduation was unprecedented for our program (and every other training program) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But even though these graduating fellows capped off their year with zoom lectures and conferences, and… Continue Reading

At the center of the 2018 West Nile Virus season, UNMC ID physicians encountered an unusual presentation

In 2018, we experienced a particularly severe West Nile Virus season, with an unusually high amount of neuroinvasive disease. Last summer, our senior ID Fellow Dr. Lindsey Rearigh shared an informational blog post about the disease, and more recently, she and Dr. Sara Bares published a case report in the Journal of Neurovirology describing a a patient with an unusual presentation of West Nile Virus… 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

Introducing AMDA UTI Consensus Statement for Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention of Urinary Tract Infections

The AMDA – The Society for Post-Acute and Long Term-Care Medicine convened a UTI consensus statement workgroup in 2017 to outline best practices for the management of UTI in post-acute and long-term care (PALTC) settings. The workgroup consisted of various national and international subject matter experts and was chaired by UNMC faculty Dr. Muhammad Salman Ashraf, who is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases…. Continue Reading

Blood culture contamination–it’s a big deal

Blood cultures are a key diagnostic test to detect bacteremia and appropriately treat patients with sepsis and are performed approximately 30 million times in the United States yearly. Unfortunately, contamination of blood cultures occurs in the 0.5% to 5% of samples (approximately 25% of positive blood cultures are due to contamination) which leads to inappropriate antibiotic treatment, additional unneeded tests, extended hospital length of stay,… Continue Reading