The independent field of infectious diseases was formed in the 1960's during a time when hospitals began experiencing an increase in resistant bacteria. In 1970, the Centers for Disease Control published a report entitled "Comprehensive Hospital Infections Project" which recommended the need for hospitals to establish positions for an infection control nurse and a hospital epidemiologist. The University of Michigan, ahead of its time, was already in the process of hiring an infectious diseases physician. In 1967, U-M recruited Dr. Robert Fekety, the first Division Chief of Infectious Diseases, which set in motion the standard of excellence we continue today in patient care, research, and education and training.
Our division consists of over 30 full-time and adjunct faculty members who possess a broad range of knowledge in infectious disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and are dedicated to providing the best possible care for our patients. Outpatient consultation and treatment of our patients take place at the Infectious Disease Clinic at Taubman Health Center, Infectious Disease at Canton Health Center, and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System.
Our faculty members research interests are many and include antimicrobial resistant organisms, healthcare-associated infections including Clostridium difficile infection, HIV and AIDS and associated opportunistic infections, retroviruses, bioterrorism and emerging infections, immune function after transplantation, hepatitis C infection, epidemiology of opportunistic infections after transplantation, and complicated urinary tract infections. Additionally, many of our faculty members hold joint appointments and perform research activities through the University of Michigan Department of Epidemiology, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, and Institute of Gerontology.
Our Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program provides both research-oriented and clinical training, allowing fellows to develop as physician-scientists or as infectious diseases clinicians. We value flexibility, and the learning experiences are customized to meet the individual goals of each fellow. Our division places a high value on the continual education of our faculty and fellows and holds weekly grand rounds and conferences to provide opportunities to learn and discuss recent cases, research findings, and up-to-date diagnostic and treatment strategies.