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Brenda L. Tesini, M.D.

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Appointment: (585) 275-0526

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Hospital Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics


My clinical interests include all aspects of infectious diseases in children with a particular focus on prevention and treatment of infectious in the immunocompromised host.

Professional Background

Brenda L. Tesini, M.D. is an assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics in infectious diseases at the University of Rochester. After completing medical school at the University of Miami, she came to the University of Rochester for a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency followed by fellowships in both pediatric and adult infectious diseases. She now serves as the associate hospital epidemiologist for the University of Rochester Medical Center and is an actively practicing adult and pediatric infectious diseases clinician. She is the Rochester site PI for several projects in the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program and participates in other CDC and NIH funded population-based infectious disease surveillance and prevention research activities. She has also been an instructor with New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute’s Clinical Education Initiative since 2017 and engages in community level infection prevention and awareness education. Her current research and clinical interests include the surveillance and prevention of multidrug-resistant organism spread within healthcare and community environments.


I am interested in studying the immune response to respiratory infections in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts. This includes projects related to the prevention of Pneumocystis pneumonia and evaluation of the host response to acute lower respiratory viral infections.



MD | University of Miami School of Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

04/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Fellowship in Infectious Disease at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2009 - 06/30/2012
Residency in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2008 - 06/30/2009
Internship in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine at University of Rochester Medical Center

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ID Week Trainee Travel Grant
Sponsor: Infectious Diseases Society of America

2015 - 2016
Caroline Breese Hall Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester

Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) Infectious Diseases Fellows Program Award
Sponsor: American Society for Microbiology
Location: Washington, DC

NIAID/IDSA Infectious Diseases Research Careers Meeting Award
Location: Bethesda, MD

PIDS/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Conference Travel Award

Strong Star Award of Appreciation
Sponsor: Nominated by Nursing
Location: Rochester, NY

2004 - 2008
University of Miami Trustee Scholar
Sponsor: University of Miami

1998 - 2000
Presidential Scolar
Sponsor: University of New Hampshire

1996 - 2000
Dean's Scholar
Sponsor: University of New Hampshire

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Journal Articles

Benedict K, Gold JAW, Jenkins EN, Roland J, Barter D, Czaja CA, Johnston H, Clogher P, Farley MM, Revis A, Harrison LH, Tourdot L, Davis SS, Phipps EC, Felsen CB, Tesini BL, Escutia G, Pierce R, Zhang A, Schaffner W, Lyman M. "Low Sensitivity of Coding for Culture-Confirmed Candidemia Cases in an Active Surveillance System: United States, 2019-2020." Open forum infectious diseases.. 2022 Sep; 9(9):ofac461. Epub 2022 Sep 07.

Wakeman D, Livingston MH, Levatino E, Juviler P, Gleason C, Tesini B, Wilson NA, Pegoli W, Arca MJ. "Reduction of surgical site infections in pediatric patients with complicated appendicitis: Utilization of antibiotic stewardship principles and quality improvement methodology." Journal of pediatric surgery.. 2021 Sep 21; Epub 2021 Sep 21.

Seagle EE, Jackson BR, Lockhart SR, Georgacopoulos O, Nunnally NS, Roland J, Barter DM, Johnston HL, Czaja CA, Kayalioglu H, Clogher P, Revis A, Farley MM, Harrison LH, Davis SS, Phipps EC, Tesini BL, Schaffner W, Markus TM, Lyman MM. "The landscape of candidemia during the COVID-19 pandemic." Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.. 2021 Jun 18; Epub 2021 Jun 18.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Roseola (Human Herpesvirus 6 and 7)
Book Title: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
Author List: Tesini BL and Caserta MT
Edited By: R Kliegman
Published By: Elsevier 2020

Chapter Title: Acute Laryngitis
Book Title: Mandell, Douglas and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases
Author List: Caserta MT and Tesini BL
Edited By: J Bennett, R Dolin, M Blaser
Published By: Elsevier 2020

Chapter Title: Human Herpesvirus 8
Book Title: Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
Author List: Tesini BL and Caserta MT
Edited By: R Kliegman
Published By: Elsevier 2020