Infectious Diseases

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Division Overview and Philosophy


Faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases are committed to patient care and education in an academic environment dedicated to discovery through basic research and clinical investigation.

Division of Infectious Diseases Faculty have specific areas of clinical and basic research expertise that provide a spectrum of collaborative interactions with Faculty in other Divisions in the Department of Medicine and in other Departments in the College of Medicine and other Colleges at the University of Illinois. These interdisciplinary interactions enrich the Section's activities, its contribution to clinical and scientific initiatives at the University and its ability to provide the best teaching environment in which to train the academic Infectious Diseases Faculty of the future through its Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.

Teaching is a high priority for the Division of Infectious Diseases at UIC.

Division of Infectious Diseases Faculty teach medical, graduate and postdoctoral students in lecture programs across the University. The Faculty teach clinical housestaff during attending activities at the University of Illinois Hospital and Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Hospital on the campus. These teaching activities extend to mentored periods of doctoral and postdoctoral training in Division of Infectious Diseases research laboratories and clinical research facilities and involve national collaborations for Infectious Disease-related education.

Division of Infectious Diseases research provides the basis for scientific advances, translational studies, patient care and education.

The spectrum of research interests of Division of Infectious Diseases Faculty includes HIV/AIDS, mycobacterial diseases, fungal biology and pathogenesis, transplantation-related infectious diseases, studies of innate immunity, viral genetics related to cellular function and pathogenesis, viral interactions with the host cellular immune response and biodefense-related research on anthrax infection and pathogenesis.

Specific areas of clinical expertise in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UIC include :

    • Care for patients with HIV/AIDS and related opportunistic infections
    • Care for patients with infectious diseases associated with other immune deficiency states, including those caused by hematological malignancies, stem cell and solid organ transplantation and hereditary immunodeficiency states.
    • Care for patients with mycobacterial infections that are refractory to conventional therapy - including M. avium complex (MAC), M. kansasii, M. chelonae-abscessus and multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis
    • Care for patients with fungal infections and tropical diseases

The clinical activities of the Division of Infectious Diseases are focused at the Family Center for Infectious Diseases in the UI Health Outpatient Care Center and the University of Illinois Hospital and also extend to both outpatient and inpatient services at the affiliated Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Hospital adjacent to the UIC College of Medicine campus. Division Faculty also staff seven community-based, HIV primary care clinics across the Chicago area through support of the Ryan White Program.