University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

For Patients - Infectious Disease

Perhaps no field of clinical medicine has advanced more rapidly than the study of infectious diseases, with the continuing discovery of new illnesses or syndromes. Tantalizing evidence suggests that many of the degenerative neurologic diseases, peptic ulcer disease, and possibly even coronary atherosclerosis may have an infectious basis. The most exciting advances in molecular medicine -- particularly the use of recombinant genetic techniques for diagnosis, drug development and even gene therapy itself -- have their foundation in the achievements of basic microbiologic research over the past decade. Advances in all areas of medicine have resulted in a large and growing population of aging patients vulnerable to increasingly complex and life-threatening infections. Many of these infections are preventable, based on current knowledge of pathogenesis and epidemiology, and most are now treatable.

The Division of Infectious Disease combines a commitment to superior clinical care, innovative medical education and cutting-edge research. The Division is comprised of 19 faculty and 5 affiliate members. Faculty members are board-certified internists who provide one of the most sought after consult services at UW Hospital and Clinics. Members of the Division have vast experience in clinical infectious diseases, including infection of immunologically compromised patients, and bacterial infections, including endocarditis, meningitis, and acute and chronic osteomyelitis. Additional interests include antiparasitic and antiviral drugs, rational use of immunizations, tropical diseases, parasitic infections, tuberculosis, deep fungal infections, diagnosis and treatment of viral diseases, Lyme disease, evaluation of recurrent infections, and travel medicine. Division members have research expertise in the pharmacology of anti-infective drugs, diagnosis and management of deep fungal infections and viral infections, evaluation and treatment of complex staphylococcal infections, control of nosocomial (hospital-acquired) infections and clinical epidemiology. The Division plays important hospital roles in the hospital including infection control, antibiotic stewardship, and clinical trials.

The Infectious Disease Division is actively involved in inpatient and outpatient clinical care throughout the UW Hospital and Clinics and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. The outpatient infectious disease clinic cares for patients with general infectious diseases, tropical medicine and HIV infection/AIDS. The clinic's multi-disciplinary team approach combines the efforts of clinical nurse specialists, a physician assistant, clinical pharmacy, home health and clinical research nurses. A similar multidisciplinary team comprised of physicians and physician assistant, nurses, social worker, psychologist, and additional support staff provides care to over 1500 patients with HIV/AIDS.