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

About our First Year Fellows – Dr. Clayton Mowrer

Tell us about the position you are starting: I am a quarter of the way through my first two years of a four year adventure as an Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Infectious Diseases fellow here at UNMC. I will spend these first two years here learning adult ID, followed by two years at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center here in Omaha, where I will learn pediatric ID…. Continue Reading

About our First Year Fellows – Mark Ridder, MD

Tell us about your current position I a first year fellow of infectious disease at University of NE Medical Center. For the next 2 years I’ll be learning all I can from experts in the field for the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a wide variety of infectious diseases ranging from parasites and fungal disease to complicated blood stream infections. I’ll be learning about these… Continue Reading

Thanks and Gratitude

This time of year is a time for reflection, gratitude, and appreciation of the blessings we have, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our thanks from all of us at UNMC ID.  We want to thank all of our blog subscribers, those who forward our blog on to others, and all of our Twitter followers who support and share our content. We… Continue Reading

Why I Love ID – Dr. Nicolas Cortes-Penfield

What about ID makes you excited? I love a good medical mystery or diagnostic challenge.  Infectious disease specialists are often the experts other physicians turn to when they’re stumped by a patient’s seemingly inexplicable symptoms – a persistent fever, a perplexing rash, abnormal bloodwork that hints at inflammation in the body no one can seem to track down.  As a kid who grew up listening… 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

Treatment of Osteomyelitis – What’s the Evidence for our Strategies?

New UNMC ID publication alert! #ReadUNMCID Recently, the newest member of our Division of Infectious Diseases at UNMC/Nebraska Medicine, Dr. Nicolas Cortes-Penfield published an invited review in Open Forum Infectious Diseases entitled: The History of Antibiotic Treatment of Osteomyelitis.  Dr. Cortes-Penfield wrote this summary describing the review article, which was commissioned after he published a comprehensive blog post (on his blog IDJournalClub.com) about the history… Continue Reading

A Message from Our ID Fellowship Leaders

Fellowship application season is nearing and as the leaders of our ID fellowship, we wanted to highlight some of the exciting aspects of our program.  Our program and our division are growing.  We began in 2011 with 2 fellows, grew to 4 in 2017, and are planning to expand to six fellows by 2021.  We plan to match 3 fellows this application season. Our faculty… Continue Reading

Tiffany Kalin, APRN-NP on Why I Love ID

Why I love ID and UNMC: I wanted to work an UNMC/NM because of the positive experiences/education that I gained while working within the system previously (2007-2016). I truly enjoyed and am looking forward to again working in such a large operation with so many different experiences/education opportunities that are truly specific to UNMC/NM.  I am excited about ID because of the knowledge/experiences I have… Continue Reading

Nadal Fadul, MD on Why I Love ID

Why I love ID and UNMC: The strong commitment to serving the community, the great opportunities provided to faculty; and my former colleague, Salman Ashraf, who is very happy here!  I chose ID because my passion is taking care of people living with HIV, however, I enjoy all of ID and the intellectual challenge it poses. Something about myself unrelated to my work: I enjoy reading… Continue Reading