A Message From Our Chief

U-M Infectious Diseases Division, Powel Kazanjian, MD, PhD
Powel H. Kazanjian, MD, PhD

Thank you for your interest in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Michigan Medicine. Since our beginning in 1967, we have steadily grown in size and depth, and have become more internally specialized in response to growing needs. This started with the infection control program, and has later evolved into distinct, specialized programs in HIV/AIDS, transplant infections, antimicrobial stewardship, fecal microbiota transplant, and an overseas travel clinic.

Our research activities have expanded in parallel and our accomplishments have been notable. In the 1970's, we assisted in the discovery of Clostridium difficile colitis. In the 1980's, we were at the forefront of defining how older adults responded to infection and how the clinical aspects of a variety of infections differed with the process of aging. In 2012, our division helped to standardize the treatment of fungal meningitis complicating spinal injections of a steroid preparation that was contaminated during the compounding process by the manufacturer. Today, our research is expansive - ranging from investigating basic mechanisms of viral evolution, the factors that allow HIV to replicate while evading the immune system, the interactions of microbes with their host and the influence of the intestinal microbiome on this interaction, and the identification of risk factors and examination of the epidemiology of drug resistant bacteria that cause hospital infections.

We offer a two-year fellowship training program that provides research-oriented and clinical training, allowing fellows the option to develop themselves as physician-scientists or infectious diseases clinicians. More than 95 infectious disease specialists have completed our program since its inception and they continue to distinguish themselves in patient care, teaching, and research.

The Division of Infectious Diseases has much of which to be proud. I invite you to explore our website and learn more about the exciting work in the clinical, research, and educational realm that we are doing today and discover our distinguished past.

Sincerely,

Powel H. Kazanjian, MD, PhD
Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases