Infectious Diseases

Matthew R. Leibowitz, MD, Chief
Mark S. Drapkin, MD, Assistant Chief
Infectious Diseases
2000 Washington Street
Blue 401
Newton, MA 02462

The Division of Infectious Diseases offers inpatient consultations for a variety of infections and illnesses, including community-acquired pneumonia, infections arising from surgery, infections related to childbirth and lactation, infections in patients with compromised immunity, parasitic infestations, and infections related to travel.

The division provides 24-hour coverage in the hospital to advise physicians and nurses about maintaining appropriate isolation precautions, to administer the hospital’s regulation of antimicrobial usage, and to provide telephone consultations for nurses in the hospital and for physicians in the Emergency Department and the community.

All members of the division provide consultations to outpatients in a private office setting when the severity of illness does not warrant hospitalization or when follow-up care is needed after hospitalization. This service includes the range of illnesses mentioned previously, periodic consultations for patients with HIV infections who receive most of their care from primary care physicians, and consultations for patients with travel-related illnesses. The division administers the NWH Infection Control Program.

The division plays an active role at all levels of the hospital’s medical education program. Its members serve as Teaching Attendings on the Medical Service and are regular presenters of Noontime Conferences and at Medical Grand Rounds. The division offers a popular elective rotation in Infectious Diseases to fourth-year students from Tufts University School of Medicine and other medical schools and elective rotations to house officers. Dr. Drapkin is the facilitator of the weekly Journal Club for housestaff and students.

The division welcomes collaboration with other centers in clinical trials of new anti-infective medications, new approaches to treatment and prevention of infections, and in epidemiological studies.

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