Division of Infectious Diseases

The Infectious Diseases Division (a sub-specialty of internal medicine) has 12 full-time faculty at the University of Utah Medical Center and 13 affiliated faculty at LDS, IMC, and the VA hospital who are actively involved in clinical, educational, and research endeavors in infectious diseases.

Clinical Care 

Our goal is to prevent, treat and care for patients with infectious diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient setting. The division provides general ID, HIV and immunocompromised inpatient consultation services at the University of Utah Health Center and at LDS Hospital, IMC and the VA. The division also has active programs in antibiotic stewardship, infection control and early epidemic investigation.

In Clinic 1A, our providers see patients with general infectious disease problems such as osteomyelitis, septic arthritis and endocarditis. Specialty clinics, specializing in HIV, travel and tropical medicine, transplant infectious diseases, and immunology are available to better serve patients with those needs.

In addition, we run outreach clinics for HIV patients at the Utah prison and in St George and oversee the sexually transmitted disease clinic at the Salt Lake Valley Health Department.

Research

Our faculty are active in both laboratory and clinical research, with a focus on the pathogenesis of infectious diseases.

Our specific research interests include:

  1. Epstein Barr virus, Herpes Simplex Virus, HIV, and Kaposi’s sarcoma associated herpes virus.
  2. Opportunistic infections in immunocompromised hosts especially cytomegalovirus (CMV) and invasive fungal infections.
  3. Malaria and its complications; Geosentinel surveillance of infections in returning travelers.
  4. Viral triggers of multiple sclerosis.
  5. Antibiotic resistance, MRSA, and antibiotic stewardship.
  6. Immunology of diarrheal diseases and gut dysfunction in returning travelers

Latest News

Common Yeast May Worsen IBD Symptoms in Crohn’s Disease
Research
Mar 08, 2017

Common Yeast May Worsen IBD Symptoms in Crohn’s Disease

ibd, crohns disease, yeast

During the past decade, the gut has experienced a renaissance as investigations focus on the role of the microbiome on human health. While most studies have focused on bacteria, the dominant microbial inhabitants in the gut, scientists at University of Utah Health Sciences used mouse studies to show the role of yeast in aggravating the symptoms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Their work suggests that allopurinol, a generic drug already on the market, could offer some relief. ... Read More

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Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s
Research
Feb 23, 2017

Playing Favorites: Brain Cells Prefer One Parent’s Gene Over the Other’s

genetics, epigenetics, brain

It has long been thought that each copy of our DNA instructions - one inherited from mom and one from dad - is treated the same. A new study from scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that it is not uncommon for cells in the brain to preferentially activate one copy over the other. The finding breaks basic tenants of classic genetics and suggests new ways in which genetic mutations might cause brain disorders. ... Read More

Neurobiology and Anatomy

Division Chief Sankar Swaminathan, MD

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