The Infectious Diseases Division of the Department of Medicine engages in a broad range of patient care, research, and educational activities. The division is comprised of 20 full-time faculty, six clinical and research fellows, 10 nurse practitioners and a staff of over 100 technicians, nurses, and administrative personnel.
Patient care and consultation is provided for hospitalized and ambulatory adult patients with every variety of infectious disease, including bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections, HIV infection, hospital-acquired infections, sexually transmitted diseases, and other infections related to surgery, transplantation, trauma, and cancer therapy. Our New York State designated AIDS Center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art care for persons with HIV infection. The Infection Control Program for Strong Memorial Hospital, based within our division, tracks and investigates nosocomial infections and implements practices to prevent disease transmission.
Research programs within the Infectious Diseases Division are primarily supported by NIH awards and include an AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU), an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (HVTU), and a Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU). The VTEU evaluates methods of control for non-AIDS infectious diseases. Other research programs include studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) infections, sexually transmitted diseases, influenza and other respiratory viruses, hospital-acquired infections, and trials of new antibiotics.
Our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program, encompassing advanced clinical and research training, has produced more than 75 infectious diseases specialists since 1970, including many leaders in the fields of virology and clinical infectious diseases. Our educational mission also extends to training of medical students, residents in internal medicine, and community physicians across western New York.
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