Infectious Diseases: Welcome from the Chief
William A. Petri, Jr., MD, PhD
Welcome to the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health! The University of Virginia has one of the top clinical and research divisions of infectious diseases and international health. We are comprised of 26 faculty with clinical, research and educational activities in microbiology, immunology, epidemiology and clinical investigation.
Our Clinical Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program is designed to produce the next generation of physician-scientists. Ninety percent of our graduates are currently on the faculty of medical schools.
Many of the editors of the key texts that
define our field are current or former members of the Division,
including Gerald Mandell (Principles and Practice of Infectious
Diseases), Richard Guerrant (Tropical Infectious Diseases:
Principles, Pathogens and Practice), Michael Scheld (Infections of the
Central Nervous System), and Fred Hayden (Clinical Virology).
Research activities are supported by $21 million in annual extramural funding and include
- biodefense and emerging infectious
diseases including anthrax, tularemia, c.difficile,
cryptosporidiosis, influenza, enteric pathogens, and antibiotic
resistance (Drs. Gilchrist, Guerrant, ,
Mathers, Petri, Ramakrishnan, and Warren).
- HIV/AIDS and STDs with clinical research
in Charlottesville, Brazil, Haiti, Tanzania and Uganda (Drs. ,
Houpt, Scheld, Townsend, Wispelwey, and
clinical trials of anti-viral agents, anti-fungals and antibiotics, vaccines, and immune modulators (Drs. , Hayden, , and Warren)
host genetic susceptibility to infection (Drs. Guerrant, and )
The Division is also home to interdisciplinary NIH and foundation-supported training programs in infectious diseases, biodefense and global health that involve faculty in 7 Departments in the Medical School that train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Clinical activities include the management of virtually all infectious diseases, with specific areas of expertise in
- HIV medicine (Drs. Townsend, Scheld, and Wispelwey)
- nosocomial infections and hospital epidemiology (Dr. Sifri, Mathers, and Warren)
- pneumonia (Drs. Donowitz and Houpt)
- diarrheal diseases (Drs. Guerrant and Petri)
- respiratory viral infections and sinusitis (Drs. Hayden and Petri)
- cellulitis (Dr. Hughes)
- infections in cancer patients (Drs. Donowitz and Wispelwey)
- sexually transmitted diseases (Drs. Eby and Warren)
- tropical medicine (Drs. Guerrant, Pearson, and Petri)
- tuberculosis (Dr. Houpt)
- tick-borne diseases (Drs. Petri and Scheld)
- opportunistic viral infections (Dr. Kedes)
- meningitis and brain abscess (Drs. Wispelwey and Scheld)
- fungal infections (Drs. Donowitz and Scheld)
- transplant infectious diseases (Drs. Sifri and Wispelwey)
Infectious diseases physicians have
leadership roles on the Infection Control, Formulary, and Antibiotic
Utilization Committees. Inpatient consultations in Infectious
Diseases and in Transplant Infectious Diseases are provided at the
University Hospital and at the Augusta Medical Center. Infectious
disease physicians also provide substantial inpatient general medicine
care. Outpatient clinics include the Infectious Diseases Clinic (HIV and general
infectious diseases), Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic, and Travelers’ Clinic.
It is an exciting time to be involved in the study of infectious diseases. Virginia has a long and storied tradition of excellence as a foundation for what is now a rapidly growing clinical, research and educational mission in infectious diseases in Charlottesville.