Infectious Disease

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...
UW Health recently recognized physicians and advanced practice providers (APPs) who have demonstrated exceptional performance in clinical practice, education or regional services and displayed a commitment to the UW Health mission, vision and values. A number of physicians and APPs from the Department of Medicine were nominated, with two award...
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in regions across the United States in the spring, governors, mayors and local leaders hoping to quell the spread of the virus turned to the only actionable defenses available at the time: They closed schools and businesses, banned mass gatherings, issued stay-at-home orders and...
Vital Signs is featuring introductions to many of the new faculty members and chief residents who joined us in the 2019-2020 academic year. Each has been invited to provide some background about their primary professional focus in clinical, research, and/or medical education, what drew them to UW-Madison, their hopes and...
Jessica Tischendorf, MD, MS Assistant Professor Division of Infectious Disease What is your primary professional focus in any or all of our mission areas (clinical, research, and/or medical education)? I provide general infectious disease care and serve as one of the antimicrobial stewardship physicians, which is a research focus of...