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Department of Medicine

   Division of Infectious Diseases

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ID Services


ID Services

General Infectious Diseases Services

The General Infectious Diseases Service provides care for patients with a diverse spectrum of infections including complex methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and multi-drug resistant gram-negative infections.  This service also treats patients with Clostridium difficile diarrhea, bacteremia, endocarditis, pneumonia, complicated skin and skin structure infections and meningitis.  This service sees a wide variety of patients from the Pittsburgh area as well as patients who are transferred to UPMC for the management of complicated infections from other parts of Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. The Director of this service is: Karin Byers, MD, MS.

Surgical Infectious Diseases Services

The Surgical Infectious Diseases Service provides expertise in complicated surgical infections and continuity of care for patients requiring long-term follow-up. The focus is on patients with neurosurgical, orthopedic, cardiothoracic and ENT infections. The Director of this service is: Karin Byers, MD, MS.

Transplant Infectious Diseases Services

The Transplant Infectious Diseases Service is involved in the study of infectious complications in recipients of organ transplants. This service provides Infectious Diseases consultations to the transplant surgeons in the various solid organ disciplines at UPMC-Presbyterian. UPMC Health System provides both cardiothoracic and abdominal transplantation. These include heart, lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, small bowel, and multi-visceral transplant operations. The Unit provides advice not only for transplant recipients but also to transplant candidates before their surgery. The Director of this service is: M. Hong Nguyen, MD.

Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Service

The OPAT program's mission is to prevent complications and readmissions for patients receiving intravenous antibiotics by improving the overall quality of care these patients receive. Patients are referred to the OPAT program by the inpatient ID services. Various types of infection are managed including skin and soft tissue infections, endocarditis, osteomyelitis, brain abscesses, liver abscesses, and others. With the assistance of an ID trained pharmacist and nurse coordinators, the patients are managed for complications related to their current infection, PICC line issues, adverse events related to antibiotics, and for new infections. Patients are typically scheduled for an outpatient visit within 1-2 weeks after their hospital discharge to ensure that there are no problems with the transition to outpatient care. Many patients are evaluated again prior to the discontinuation of the antibiotic. The Director of this service is: Kathleen Sheridan, DO.

Travel Medicine Clinic

UPMC's Travel Health offers travelers preventative health care services including immunizations, travel medicine, and complete medical consultations tailored to one's health status and destination. At Travel Health, our experienced physicians specialize in infectious diseases and provide comprehensive care to professionals, students, missionaries, and the medically complex traveler including those who are immunosuppressed or have existing health conditions. Services include:

(1) Medical Consultations: UPMC's Travel Health offers comprehensive medical consultations and evaluations to provide one with information on health risks, required and recommended immunizations, and safety precautions based on your travel itinerary. We provide the following services during medical consultations:  Complete review of health and immunization history; Evaluation of drug interactions for existing health conditions; Patient education about medications and immunizations (including the prevention of malaria, diarrhea, Zika, and other potential infections); Self-treatment information in the event of illness while traveling; Evaluation and treatment for travel-acquired infections;

(2) Immunizations: UPMC's Travel Health provides complete destination-specific services according to recommendations by the CDC, DOS, and WHO. Our physicians will determine which immunizations are recommended or required based on your travel itinerary. Immunizations can be administered at the time of your visit. Immunizations include: Yellow Fever; Hepatitis A; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Meningitis (Meningococcal); Typhoid; Polio; Rabies; Influenza; Tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap); Measles/mumps/rubella (MMR); and Pneumococcal (Pneumovax).

The Director of Travel Medicine is Peter Veldkamp, MD