LSU-HSC Medical School New Orleans, MD; The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Ochsner Medical Center; Assistant Professor, The University of Queensland School of Medicine, Ochsner Clinical School
Since beginning at Ochsner just over 1 year ago my primary work has focused on growing and defining our Infectious Diseases Transplant and Immunocompromised Hosts Program as well as creating a solid organ transplant ID quality assurance and performance improvement committee. Additionally, I have established a working relationship with our OPO and have been appointed to the advisory board. My current, local OPO projects now include optimizing donor testing and improving our management of bacteremic donors. My primary interest is antimicrobial stewardship in immunocompromised hosts, focusing on appropriate use of antibiotics, antiviral and antifungal agents. My other ongoing projects include evaluating risk factors associated with surgical site infections in liver transplant recipients and C. diff management in solid organ transplant recipients. I am also involved in multi-center clinical trials of therapeutics for MDR infections and CMV. Over the past 2 years I have coordinated the Infectious Diseases curriculum (web based video lectures) for the AST Comprehensive Trainee Curriculum. It has been such a rewarding experience to collaborate with members of other COPs within AST.
What made you decide to work in transplantation?:
Through early mentorship in residency I was able to participate in rounds and patient care on the Transplant Infectious Diseases service. The problems facing transplant recipients are very unique and challenging and I recognized that I wanted to train in Infectious Diseases with a further concentration in transplant care. Early involvement in the AST during fellowship gave me immediate access to more friends, collaborators, and mentors in the field who have been incredibly accessible and helpful. I would say that these early relationships encouraged me to see that I wanted to work with this inclusive, talented and fun group of Infectious Diseases providers from around the world.
What do you find to be the most valuable aspect of your work?:
With this unique patient population comes unique and challenging patient care opportunities. The many moving parts and multidisciplinary aspects of the large transplant team - getting patients and donors from the evaluation process, through transplant, and then to the post-transplant setting - is remarkable. Being part of the team caring for patients and improving quality in each of these different stages is very rewarding.