A clinic designed to meet your needs
If you have been told by your doctor that you may have mycobacterial disease, you will find friendly and experienced staff ready to care for you at Tufts Medical Center’s Mycobacterial Disease Clinic. We will work closely with you to quickly get an accurate diagnosis and begin effective treatment.
The Mycobacterial Disease Clinic was established by the Pulmonary and Infectious Diseases Divisions of the Department of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center in order to provide you with effective care in a comfortable setting. This is especially important because the treatment involves an intensive course of antibiotics that can take six months or more. We use treatment regiments that have been proven effective and closely monitor your improvement and overall health throughout your time in our care. We are always available to answer your questions.
The team is led by David Stone, MD, of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine and Khalid Ismail, MD, of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine. Dr. Stone has extensive experience with the state Department of Public Health.
We work as a team so that we can provide you with comprehensive and multidisciplinary care. The specialists you need will meet with you at our clinic and consult with each other to develop a personalized care plan. For your convenience, all of the services you will need are provided in one location. We also have translators available to help with communication.
Prompt diagnosis and effective treatment
Mycobacterial disease refers to a range of disorders caused by bacteria. This includes tuberculosis and non-tuberculosis, or atypical mycobacterial disease. Symptoms include coughing, fever, fatigue, night sweats and a loss of appetite. However, some patients may have no symptoms.
Many of our patients are referred to Tufts Medical Center by their own doctors for the evaluation and treatment of mycobacterial disease. You may also be referred for an assessment of latent tuberculosis if there is a concern that it could affect treatments such as immune modifiers. Whatever your reason for coming to our clinic, we will work hard to help you make an appointment quickly because we understand that you want to know what is happening with your health and begin treatment as soon as possible.
The Mycobacterial Disease Clinic at Tufts MC has an expert team of doctors who will conduct a thorough exam and diagnostic tests to get an accurate diagnosis. This may include blood tests, a CT scan and a bronchoscopy in order to see what is happening inside of your airways.
Working within the clinic allow our doctors to give you focused attention while you have access to all of the resources of Tufts Medical Center, one of the region’s premier academic hospitals.
We are committed to providing your patients with a quick and accurate diagnosis followed by a standardized treatment regimen that has proven efficacy. We remain in close contact with you to ensure that your patients will get the best care possible. We are available to answer any questions you may have.
You may refer your patients to us for the evaluation and treatment of the full range of mycobacterial disease including latent tuberculosis.
You can consult with us if you are considering medical treatments such as immune modifiers but are concerned about whether a patient may have tuberculosis due to risk factors even if they have tested negative for the disease.