University of Rochester Medical Center

601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 690
Rochester
NY
14642-0690
USA
Phone: (585) 275-5944
Fax: (585) 273-1104

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Mary T. Caserta, MD
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Epidemiology and clinical characteristics of HHV6 infection in children. Susceptibility to infectious diseases and respiratory infections

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Francis Gigliotti, MD
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Immunopathogenesis of P. carinii pneumonia, infections in the immunocompromised host

ASSOCIATE: Cynthia Christy, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Clinical trials; rotavirus

ASSOCIATE: : Jennifer Nayak, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: CD4 epitope mapping for influenza

ASSOCIATE: Geoffrey A Weinberg, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Role of iron infection; HIV; rotavirus surveillance

ASSOCIATE: Terry W Wright, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Cellular and molecular biology of P. carinii-induced lung injury

ASSOCIATE: Samir Bhagwat, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Immunopathogenesis of P. carinii pneumonia

ASSOCIATE: Melanie Brenda Tesini, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Immune response to respiratory infections in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts.


TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS' PUBLISHED PAPERS OR RESEARCH PROJECT

Hoy Z, Dodds Ashley ES, Weinberg GA, Krysan DJ. "Voriconazole Therapeutic Drug Monitoring." Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. 2014 Sep; 3(3):270-1. Epub 2014 Mar 30.

Tesini BL, Epstein LG, Caserta MT. "Clinical impact of primary infection with roseoloviruses." Current opinion in virology. 2014 9:91-6. Epub 2014 Oct 14.


GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Jennifer Nayak, MD

       Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Clinical Scientist Development Award 2015

Zachary Hoy, MD

  • Clausen Fellowship. Strong Children's Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2013.

Brenda Tesini, MD

  • Clausen Fellowship. Strong Children's Research Center, Department of Pediatrics, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2013.

Mundeep Kainth, DO, MPH

  • Bradford Fellowship. Strong Children's Research Center, University of Rochester Medical Center. 2010.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

Our fellowship program is designed as a research intensive program where fellows receive the training necessary to establish independent research careers in academic medical centers. The research emphasis of the program is in areas related to basic research relevant to opportunistic pathogens and infections in the immunocompromised host; however, other areas of investigation, such as viral pathogenesis and translational research, also are active research activities in the division. Research activities takes place not only within the Division of Infectious Diseases but throughout the laboratories in the clinical and in the basic science departments of the University of Rochester Medical Center. Broad-based collaborative research programs are a particular strength of the training program. In addition to the research training, our fellows are required to take graduate level course work relevant to their specific projects. Over the course of the three-year training period, fellows receive one year of clinical training in the form of inpatient consultations (including a one month rotation on the adult infectious diseases service), outpatient consultations, clinical conferences, journal clubs, and weekly case conferences.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS: Golisano Children's Hospital at University of Rochester Medical Center

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS: 124

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD: ALL

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: NONE - N/A

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
Other: Mycology and acid fast bacteria

Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology as:

Didactic lectures: YES
Hands on experience: YES
Infection Control Meetings/Membership: YES

Opportunity to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas:

Bacteriology/bacterial infections: NO
Epidemiology and statistics: YES
Infection control/hospital epidemiology: NO
Immunizations/Public health: YES
Mycology/fungal infections: YES
Parasitology/parasitic diseases: NO
Virology/viral diseases: YES
Antimicrobial agents: NO

Research opportunities in the section’s program could be describes as:

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

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience n 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): YES

Graduate school courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): YES

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

HIV: YES
Bone marrow transplantation: YES
Solid organ/transplantation: YES
Travelers/adoptees: NO
Adults: YES
Congenital immune deficiencies: YES
Other – Please specify:

Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactic 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: NO

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 17

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 13

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 47

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: 2