Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

in the Department of Medicine

Division News and Recognition

  • December 2017: A Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, Dr. Larry McGlynn, was honored the Red Ribbon Award for outstanding service to individuals with HIV/AIDS. 
  • November 2017: Kudos to Dr. Catherine Blish and her promotion to a tenured faculty position!
  • November 2017: Congrats to Dr. Paul Bollyky for receiving the Falk Medical Research Trust Transformation Award!
  • July 2017: Dr. Dean Winslow is this year's recipient of the IDSA Society Citation. Congrats on your accomplishment!
  • May 2017: Congrats to DoM employee of the month, Hanbang Zhang of Singh Lab!
  • April 2017: Dr. Paul Bollyky is 1 of 11 awardees to receive the Harrington Scholar-Innovator Grant! 
  • April 2017: Best wishes on your retirement, Dr. David Katzenstein
  • February 2017: Doctors Catherine Blish and Taia Wang were selected investigators among 45 others for CZ Biohub
  • January 2017: Dr. Prasanna Jagannathan joined the ID faculty!
  • Read the articles in Division News.

Dr. Catherine Blish was promoted to a tenured faculty position in November 2017.


In the Press

Many of our Principal Investigators are quoted in news outlets. Read about additional mentions in our In the Press page!

What to Know About the Rare and Deadly Nipah Virus

By Korin Miller for Self - May 29, 2018

At least 14 people have died in a recent outbreak of Nipah virus in India's southern state of Kerala, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). The virus—which is thought to be the inspiration for the 2011 science fiction movie Contagion—is rare but often deadly.

The outbreak is ongoing in Kerala, and there have been 16 confirmed cases, 12 suspected cases, and 14 deaths, the WHO reports.

Although there has never been a Nipah infection in the U.S., there have been local outbreaks in Malaysia, Bangladesh, and India.


China has a tapeworm problem, and it’s reinforcing the poverty cycle, study finds

By Zhuang Pinghui for South China Morning Post - May 17, 2018

A study has for the first time found high levels of tapeworm infection, potentially causing cognitive defects, among primary schoolchildren in rural mountainous areas.

Researchers in a joint study by Stanford University in the United States and Sichuan province health authority said that such infections made children highly vulnerable, with severe social consequences.

Neurological problems caused by the infections could lead to poor academic performance, dropping out of school and reinforcement the poverty cycle, it found.



How a bacterium that causes flesh-eating disease nearly killed me

By Erin Killian - December 2

Recently, a friend sent me a text, with a link to a news story: “Did you see this?!”

I clicked. The story was about a healthy 33-year-old woman in Nova Scotia who contracted a flesh-eating bacteria after giving birth in March. After going into septic shock, she was placed in a medically induced coma. She had all four of her limbs amputated and a total hysterectomy — and now she’s suing the hospital and doctors for negligence.

The story made my stomach drop, and I felt flutters in my chest. That story could have been about me.

Last summer in Albuquerque, I gave birth to my third child. I was induced two days after his due date because he was measuring big and I was 39 years old. He was born quickly and healthy at 9 pounds 5 ounces.

But I felt . . . different. As I sat in the wheelchair holding my squirmy baby before going to the maternity ward, I asked the nurse for a tissue. I’d had a sore throat weeks earlier, but it had gone away. It felt odd to be coming down with a cold so quickly after giving birth.



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Our goals are to provide excellent clinical care, educate the next generation of academic Infectious Disease specialists, and make seminal research discoveries as they relate to the broad and dynamic field of infectious diseases.