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Transplant Infectious Diseases Concentration

Susan Hadley, MD, Transplant Infectious Disease Specialist at Tufts Medical Center.Fellows interested in a rich Infectious Diseases fellowship experience with a specific concentration in Transplant Infectious Diseases will be interested in our Transplant Infectious Disease Concentration.

All fellows in our program participate in the care of people who are undergoing or have undergone transplantation of either solid organs or bone marrow.  If you elect this concentration, you will gain extensive expertise in caring for people who have had solid organ or stem cell transplants while becoming board-eligible in ID.  You will receive additional specialized training in Transplant Infections such as management of ventricular assist device infections, pretransplant screening, and post transplant infection prevention and management.

We currently manage heart, liver, kidney and stem cell transplant patients and as a division we are actively involved in the care of these patients with our clinical specialty colleagues.

Fellows who choose this concentration will be able to provide the highest level of Transplant infectious disease care at the completion of their training, and will be highly competitive for jobs in which transplant infectious disease experience is desired. We currently have a number of former fellows providing transplant infectious disease services at institutions around the world.

Clinical Experience

You will have the opportunity to see a variety of patients who are being screened for solid organ transplantation, and will manage patients with infections following transplantation.

Our faculty includes national and international leaders in transplant infectious diseases.  David R. Snydman, MD, FACP, FIDSA serves as the editor of the non HIV immunocompromised host section of Clinical Infectious Diseases, has been active in the American Society of Transplantation ID community of practice and guidelines development, and is a lead Editor of Transplant Infections, the leading textbook in transplant infectious diseases. Helen Boucher, MD has a leadership role in the Mycoses Study Group and several faculty members serve as consultants to the US CDC responding to the recent outbreak of fungal meningitis.

Our program performs renal, liver, heart and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

You will also have the opportunity to participate in several subspecialized services for transplant infections including:

  • Ventricular assist device infection clinic
  • Pretransplant evaluations
  • Post transplant infection management 
  • Developing and implementing guidelines for care in the pre- and post-transplantation period
  • Multidisciplinary meetings for transplant evaluations and management

Educational Experience

You will receive focused education on the management of the transplant patient:

  • Didactic lecture series focused specifically on transplant infections
  • Quarterly inter-city Transplant Infection Conference 
  • Focused curriculum of reading regarding transplant infections
  • Participation in multidisciplinary conferences for renal, cardiac and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Research

For 2-year fellows, and for fellows who are interested and eligible for our 3 year Physician-Investigator track, many opportunities exist in transplant infectious disease research. Recent studies include the role of iron in infection in liver transplant recipients, the prognostic significance of the pretransplant lymphocyte count on invasive infections in liver transplant recipients, the clinical significance of early neutropenia in liver transplant recipients, and invasive fungal infections in solid organ transplant recipients. 2-year fellows in this concentration will choose a research project in this area.

Teaching Opportunities

Fellows in this track will have specific opportunity to develop their expertise as Clinician Educators.  Teaching opportunities include leading small group discussions with pre-clinical medical students, as well as providing lectures to medical students on clinical rotations and housestaff.

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