Transplant Infectious Diseases
University of Michigan Honors College and Medical School, Case Western Reserve University Hospitals of Cleveland Internal Medicine Residency, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Chief, Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases, Clinical Associate Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
We have a fully funded immunocompromised host fellowship program at Stanford and I am involved in developing a comprehensive curriculum with a variety of educational resources, including primary literature, guidelines, teaching cases, and instructional videos. I also work on projects to optimize transplant prophylaxis protocols, address antibiotic allergies prior to immunosuppression, and better understand infection risks after use of new biologics. I have an interest in “higher risk” transplant patients and have been involved in transplant in HIV+ and HLA-incompatible patients.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
I was inspired to work in transplantation by a mentor at Johns Hopkins named Pamela Tucker. She was extremely dedicated to patient care, consulting on transplant patients all by herself, but sadly passed away when I was a senior fellow. We decided to build a full-fledged transplant ID service in her memory.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
One aspect I think is critical involves training fellows in transplant ID. As transplant and cancer centers expand in the US and around the world, it is extremely important to optimally train tomorrow’s ID physicians to work with transplant and cancer patients and understand the unique complexities of infections in immunocompromised hosts. Another aspect I find very valuable is trying to improve patient outcomes after transplant by mitigating infection risk. As transplant and immunosuppressive strategies change, we need to adapt our approaches to infection prevention, diagnostic, and treatment strategies.