Infectious Disease

Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, has been appointed as the first Dr. Dennis G. Maki Endowed Faculty Fellow. The philanthropic support for this fellowship comes from a number of gifts in honor of the many renowned contributions of Dennis Maki, MD, professor emeritus, Infectious Disease, to patient care...
Dawd Siraj, MD, MPH&TM, professor, Infectious Disease, has been named the Department of Medicine’s Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). In this role, Dr. Siraj will work to create a workplace that enables an inclusive and diverse environment and foster a culture where all faculty, trainees and staff...
At the UW School of Medicine and Public Health Medical Education Day held on May 27, 2021, Jeannina Smith, MD, associate professor, Infectious Disease, received a Dean’s Teaching Award for her outstanding contributions to student education. During her time here she has devoted much of her energy towards the UWSMPH...
On April 17, 2021, Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, MPH, associate professor, Infectious Disease, received the Presidential Citation for 2021-2022 from the Wisconsin Medical Society for his significant contributions to medicine and public health. Dr. Westergaard, who also serves as Chief Medical Officer and State Epidemiologist for Communicable Diseases for the...
On April 5, 2021, the UW School of Medicine and Public Health held the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) banquet for the 2021 student, resident and faculty inductees. This year, three faculty members and one resident from the Department of Medicine were inducted. Peter Newcomer, MD, clinical professor, General Internal Medicine...
Mark Burkard, MD, PhD, professor, Hematology, Medical Oncology and Palliative Care, and Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, were inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI), an honor society for physician-scientists, on April 8, 2021. They were among 80 new members chosen from 245 nominees. The ASCI...
David Andes, MD, professor, Infectious Disease, received an FDA BAA contract to update susceptibility guidelines for the common hospital acquired pathogen, Acinetobacter baumannii (A. baumannii). Antimicrobial resistance to A. baumannii is emerging, resulting in the CDC adding this pathogen to the urgent threat list in 2019. A. baumannii can cause...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, professor, Infectious Disease, received a one-year, $498,853 grant from the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention for the project, “Evaluating SARS-CoV2 Vaccine effectiveness Among health care personnel During Early phase vaccination (EVADE).” She will collaborate with Infectious Disease faculty Aurora Pop-Vicas, MD; Daniel Shirley, MD...
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, including David Andes, MD, professor, Infectious Disease, have discovered a new antifungal compound found in the microbiome of a sea squirt from the Florida Keys. The antifungal, which the scientists named turbinmicin, efficiently targets multi-drug–resistant strains of deadly fungi without toxic side effects in...
By tracking COVID-19 virus mutation, a study published in Nature Communications that includes co-authors Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD, and Caitlin Pepperell, MD, FRCPC, shows the success that stay-at-home orders had in preventing the spread of the virus. According to an analysis of the genome sequences of virus samples collected from...