Infectious Disease Ambulatory Care
Our physicians have particular expertise in bacterial, viral and parasitic infections. Specialists provide evaluation and management for patients with any infectious disease problem, including fever of unknown origin, surgical site infections, endocarditis, bone and joint infections, and infection in immunocompromised patients. Patients are also seen in the Transplant Infectious Diseases Clinic in the Transplant Center on LMOB 7, and in the Ambulatory Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic on Shapiro 7.
Physicians also provide consultative as well as primary care for HIV-infected patients. Infectious disease physicians who have expertise in using HIV genotype and phenotype information can help plan antiretroviral therapy in patients insufficiently responsive to treatment as a consequence of virus resistance. Access to new antiretroviral agents and to new antifungal therapies is available by compassionate release or research trials. Consultations usually are requested by the patient's primary care physician, with whom we coordinate care. We also provide follow-up for the duration of the active infectious problem. Patients hospitalized with complex infections can be referred to the ambulatory practice for management of their infection after discharge. Ideally, to facilitate ambulatory care, these patients should be seen in consultation by the inpatient infectious disease consult team prior to discharge from the hospital.
Coverage for urgent issues is available Monday through Friday during regular business hours. We have 24 hour on-call coverage 7 days a week including holidays and weekends for both inpatient consults, and outpatient questions and non-urgent patient needs.