Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

1000 W Carson Street, Box 467, RB3
Torrance
CA
90509
USA
Contact Person: Linda Morrison
Phone: (310) 781-3636
Fax: (310) 972-2962

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES/TRAINING PROGRAM: Ken Zangwill, MD         

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Infectious disease epidemiology, vaccine evaluation and implementation, cost-burden/effectiveness studies, infection prevention and control, and development of rapid diagnostic tests for bacteremia. Other research opportunities for fellows are available in collaboration locally with the Division of Adult Infectious Diseases at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (which includes national experts in endocarditis, fungal basic science and vaccine development, bacterial pathogenesis, and outcomes research) and elsewhere throughout the region.

ASSOCIATES: 

  • Michael Bolaris, MD
    Research Interests: 
    Basic science in vitro and in vivo studies of Gram-negative pathogenesis, field-level interventions in hospital-based infection prevention and control, HIV clinical trials and HIV antiviral pharmacokinetic studies. 
     
  • Sylvia Yeh, MD
    Research Interests: Clinical evaluation, cost-effectiveness, and delivery of vaccine to at-risk community- and hospital-based populations. Survey studies of vaccine knowledge, attitudes, and practice. development and effectiveness.
     
  • Chrisanna Mink, MD
    Research Interests:  Travel medicine, regulatory infectious diseases, clinical infectious diseases of international adoptees, clinical vaccine studies. Currently also acquiring a Master's Degree in Health Journalism
     
  • Brad Ackerson, MD
    Research Interests:  Clinical infectious diseases and vaccine research.
     
  • Margie Keller, MD
    Research Interests:
    Pediatric HIV; magnetic resonance spectroscopy of cerebral metabolites in HIV; correlation of cerebral metabolites in HIV with age, treatment, neuropsychological evaluations; prevention of maternal transmission of HIV; pharmacokinetics and safety of antiretroviral medication; complications of HIV.
     
  • Moon Lee, PhD
    Research Interests: General clinical virology
     
  • S. Michael Marcy, MD
    Research Interests: Clinical infectious diseases, vaccine research.
     
  • Victor K. Wong, MD
    Research Interests:  Clinical infectious diseases.
     
  • Joel Ward, MD
    Research Interests: Extensive experience in bacterial, viral, combination, and bioterrorism vaccine clinical trials.

TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS' PUBLISHED PAPERS OR RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Yeh S, et al. Effectiveness of hospital-based postpartum procedures on pertussis vaccination among postpartum women. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2014;210(3):237.e1-6. Ding Y, et al. Cost-benefit analysis of hospital-based postpartum vaccination with combined tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap). Vaccine 2013;31(22):2558-64. Vijayan V, et al. Obstetrical healthcare personnel's attitudes and perceptions on maternal vaccination with tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) and influenza. J Vaccines 2013. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/586356. Ni W. et al. Potential U.S. medical cost savings associated with routine hospital-based use of a rapid diagnostic tool for bloodstream infection. International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research. New Orleans, LA, 2013. Ni W et al. Cost-effectiveness analysis of diagnostic tests for Clostridium difficile infection. Am Soc of Health Economists. Los Angeles, CA 2014.Vijayan V, et al. Evaluation of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for suspected influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 infection, 2009–2010. Emerg Infect Dis 2012;18(9):1414-21. Yeh S, Gurtman A, Hurley D, et al. Immunogenicity and safety of 13-valent versus 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in infants and toddlers. Pediatrics 2010;126:e493-505.

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:  Multiple sources related to research mentor. Most recently has included CDC, US Army, US Air Force, NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Science Institute at Harbor-UCLA, UCLA Ctr for Health Sciences CTSI Laboratory Core.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: The goal of our three-year Fellowship program is to train competent ID specialists through a broad-based experience in research, teaching and clinical infectious diseases. Our southern California location provides tremendous exposure to a variety of immigrant and through-traveler populations enabling diverse clinical and research opportunities. We also send Fellows to local collaborating institutions for increased exposure to other more focused areas of infectious disease including academic/university-based hospitals and LA County Public Health. 

AFFILIATED HOSPTALS:  Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Miller Children's Hospital, Mattel Children's Hospital (UCLA), Children's Hospital Los Angeles

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS:  Ward 32, PICU 10, NICU 16, Nursery. 

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR:  0-1

TRAINING FOR MD:  MD, MD PhD, DO.

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS:   YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT?  YES

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site:

  • Microbiology Laboratory: YES
  • Clinical Virus Isolation Laboratory:  YES
  • Molecular Diagnostics:  YES

Program provides training control and hospital epidemiology  as:

  • Didactic Lectures:  YES
  • Hands on Experience: YES
  • Infection Control Meetings/Membership: YES

Opportunity to flll the ABP requirements for schoarly activity is available in the following general areas:

  • Bacteriology/Bacterial Infections:  YES
  • Epidemiology and Statistics: YES
  • Infection Control/Hospital Epidemiology:YES
  • Immunizations/Public Health: YES
  • Mycology/Fungal Infections:  YES
  • Parasitology/Parasitic Diseases:  NO
  • Antimicrobial Agents: YES

Research opportunities in the section's program could be described as:

  • Basic (bench):  YES
  • Molecular: YES
  • Translational: YES
  • Epidemiologic: YES
  • Clinical:  YES
  • International/Public Health: Public Health only
  • Health Services: YES
  • HIV, Basic:  NO
  • HIV, Clinical:  YES
  • ACTG SITE:  YES

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience in the laboratory of investigator(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section: YES

Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Master's degree in a field such as Public Health, Education, Clinical Sciences, or Epidemiology (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): NOT EXPLICITLY

Graduate school courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): NO

Program provides substantial clinical experiences for trainees in special areas/hosts.

  • HIV:  YES
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation:YES at off-site rotation (UCLA)
  • Solid Organ/Transplantation:  YES at off-site rotation (UCLA)
  • Travelers/Adoptees:  YES
  • Adults:  YES, if desired  by the fellow
  • Congenital Immune D eficiencies:  YES at off-site rotation (CHLA)

Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactc lecture course for fellows (includes epidemiology, statistics, research design, and academic careers):  YES

Program has an NIH-sponsored training grant: NO

The Infectious Diseases Service is the primary care provider for HIV-infected children and adolescents:  YES

Average Number of New Outpatient Consultations Per Month: 12

Average Number of New Oupatient Follow-Up Visits Per Month: 21

Average Number of New Inpatient Consultations Per Month:  18-20

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years:  3