Division of Infectious Diseases & Geographic Medicine

in the Department of Medicine


  • 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: 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.


In the Press

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

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.

Facing the bioterrorism threat: New Stanford group aims to find ways to minimize risks

Few topics generate more fear — in Hollywood movies and real life — than a biological weapons attack. This week Stanford University launched a Biosecurity Initiative that will bring together biologists, bioengineers, legal scholars, and policy experts to coordinate research and education about these threats.

One key goal: To help scientists understand how to mitigate risks that might come from their own experiments.

New insight to the effects of the Zika virus on cranial malformity and brain size in infants

Dr. Catherine Blish and team published how the Zika virus effects the neural cranial crest cells. 

Zika fever is an effect of the tropical disease known for causing birth defects when mosquitoes carrying the virus transmits it to pregnant women.

Symptoms are mild and may cause fever, rash, aches in joints and red eyes.


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Message from the Chief

Welcome to the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine website.  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.