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.
Our division consists of over 30 full-time and adjunct faculty members who have a broad range of interests. As a whole, we are responsible for general infectious disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, and we offer many specialized treatment programs and clinics.
In 1995, we created the HIV/AIDS Treatment Program in response to the AIDS epidemic. In 2005, the Infectious Diseases Transplant Program was established to provide expertise and treatment protocols for the care and prophylaxis of infection to the solid organ transplant programs (lung, liver, kidney, pancreas, heart) and bone marrow transplant programs in the hospital. In 2010, we established the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in response to the increasing epidemic of drug resistant organisms in the hospital setting.
The Division of Infectious Diseases has much of which to be proud. From our rich history to our cutting-edge research, we continue to be nationally and internationally recognized for our work.