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 Medical 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

Hidden in Plain Sight: Well-Known Drug Could Yield New Treatment for Herpes Viruses
Research
Mar 14, 2016

Hidden in Plain Sight: Well-Known Drug Could Yield New Treatment for Herpes Viruses

infectious disease, herpes

University of Utah School of Medicine researchers have unexpectedly found that a drug that has been used for the past 50 years to treat heart failure and high blood pressure also inhibits infection by the Epstein Barr virus, which causes mono and is associated with several cancers. The finding has broad implications: with modification, the drug could be used to treat other illness caused by this class of virus including shingles, mono, and herpes. ... Read More

Internal Medicine
Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections
Research
Mar 03, 2016

Ancient Viral Invaders in Our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections

infectious disease, genetics

About eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin: remnants of ancient battles between infectious viruses and our ancestors. A new study published in Science by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine shows that evolution has repurposed some of these viral remains into weapons against its own kind. They find that bits of viral DNA embedded in our genome are regulating genes that are integral to our innate immune system.... Read More

Internal Medicine

Division Chief Sankar Swaminathan, MD

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