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Mark Alan Shelly, M.D.

Infectious Diseases

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-6775

Administrative: (585) 341-6821

Office: (585) 341-6775

Fax: (585) 341-8310

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Professional Background

Dr. Mark Shelly is a board certified Infectious Disease (ID) physician in active clinical practice as the director of the Infectious Disease Unit at Highland Hospital. He takes a special interest in tropical medicine and travel related disease, and is the Medical Director of Passport Health of Upstate NY.

Dr. Shelly serves as Hospital Epidemiologist for Highland Hospital. This involves creating and adapting best practices in the control of hospital associated infections. He has been actively involved in community wide collaborative projects to control central-line associated blood stream infections outside the ICU (as co-principle investigator) and Clostridium difficile infection in the Rochester area. These efforts have resulted in many posters and presentations at national ID meetings, as well as publications in healthcare epidemiology literature. In 2011 Dr. Shelly was presented the Award to Outstanding Contribution to Infection Prevention by the Rochester-Finger Lakes chapter of the Association of Practitioners in Infection Control and Prevention (APIC).

As a communicator, Dr. Shelly is frequently asked to teach on infectious disease subjects at all levels of professional experience. This includes lectures and Grand Rounds as well as one-on-one teaching of resident physicians at the patient bedside. He has appeared as a panelist numerous times on the nationally syndicated PBS television program "Second Opinion".

Previous research activities have included working with dengue virus and issues related to conjugate pneumococcal immunization in the older population. Dr. Shelly has traveled to francophone Africa as PI for a USAID project on applied research related to childhood vaccination in Mali (1992-7) and as a visiting professor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Current research activity involves investigations of issues related to healthcare associated infections.

His formal medical training began at the Jefferson Medical College (1982-86) followed by Internal Medicine residency at Strong Memorial Hospital (1986-89). He remained at the University of Rochester for a fellowship in Infectious Disease (1989-92). He has been an ID consultant at Highland Hospital since that time. He is in the third of four generations of physicians in his family, including his grandparents, parents, and daughter.



  • Infectious Disease - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


BA | Bluffton College

MD | Jefferson Medical College

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1992
Fellowship in Infectious Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/24/1987 - 06/23/1989
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/24/1986 - 06/23/1987
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Outstanding Contribution to Infection Prevention
Sponsor: APIC Rochester Finger Lakes Chapter 107

2008 - 2009
Alfred E. Kohn Senior Teaching Fellowship
Sponsor: University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry


Journal Articles

Dumyati G, Concannon C, van Wijngaarden E, Love TM, Graman P, Pettis AM, Greene L, El-Daher N, Farnsworth D, Quinlan G, Karr G, Ward L, Knab R, Shelly M. "Sustained reduction of central line-associated bloodstream infections outside the intensive care unit with a multimodal intervention focusing on central line maintenance." American journal of infection control.. 2014 Jul 0; 42(7):723-30. Epub 2014 May 23.

Nguyen NL, Zhao G, Hull R, Shelly MA, Wong SJ, Wu G, St George K, Wang D, Menegus MA. "Cache valley virus in a patient diagnosed with aseptic meningitis." Journal of clinical microbiology.. 2013 Jun 0; 51(6):1966-9. Epub 2013 Mar 20.

Banfi G, Sloand J, Shelly M, Del Fabbro M, Barassi A, Melzi d'Eril GV. "Limitations of Cockcroft-Gault and MDRD formulas in estimating GFR among top-level rugby players." Journal of nephrology.. 2012 25(6):1047-53.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Syphilis and Neurosyphilis
Book Title: Diagnostic Strategies for Common Medical Problems, 2nd. Ed.
Author List: Shelly MA
Edited By: Black ER, Bordley DR, Tyre TG, Panzer RJ
Published By: American College of Physicians1999 in Philadelphia, PA

Book Title: Diagnostic Strategies for Common Medical Problems
Author List: Shelly MA, Mushlin AI. Syphilis. In, Panzer RJ, Black ER, Griner GF, Eds.
Published By: American College of Physicians1991






Second Opinion - H1N1- Special Edition