RECOGNITION
Sep 15, 2021

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - September 2021

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Kris Dean, a Grant/Contract Officer in the Division of Infectious Diseases. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 23, 2021

Press Conference on the Delta Variant

The Delta variant, first identified in India, has been detected in the United States and was recently classified as a variant of concern by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, Professor & Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, participated in a press conference to discuss the delta variant and answer questions from the community. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 01, 2021

COVID-19 and Vaccines Among Older Adults

With more than 80% of older adults vaccinated in Utah, the impact of COVID-19 among older adults in Utah looks a lot different today than in the fall and early winter of 2020. Drs. Mark Supiano (Professor & Chief, Geriatrics) and Emily Spivak (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) answer some questions about older adults and current information about COVID-19 vaccines.... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 15, 2021

E15: 7 Domains of Travel

Theresa A. Sofarelli, a Physician's Assistant for the Department of Infectious Diseases in the Travel and Tropical Medicine Division, discusses why humans feel the need to travel and how that affects our health domains.... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 01, 2021

Infectious Diseases Transplant Program

The University of Utah Health has a robust series of transplant programs spanning solid organ transplant (e.g. kidney, liver, lung), bone marrow transplant (BMT), and an active living organ donor program.... Read More

EDUCATION
Mar 30, 2021

You're Eligible for the Vaccine - Should You Get Your Shot?

All Utahns 16 years and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Utah. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Carlos Gomez, MD, assistant professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at U of U Health answer questions about COVID-19 vaccines.... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccine Mythbusters
RESEARCH
Mar 26, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Mythbusters

With the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the US, a lot of information is being shared about it online. Some of it is true, some of it is not. In this article, Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases debunks many common myths about the vaccine. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Mar 26, 2021

Doctors Warn Against Waiting to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS along with other doctors in Utah are raising the call for Utahn's to get their vaccines as quickly as possible. Dr. Spivak expresses her concerns that Covid variants are spreading quickly and while the vaccine is being distributed, we are currently in a race against those variants. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Mar 03, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine: Our Shot for a Better Tomorrow

Dr. Caroline Milne, MD, and Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, along with their colleague Dr. Giavonni Lewis, MD, discuss the University of Utah's response to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine and endorse the use of the vaccine. They also acknowledge questions and concerns about the vaccine and reassure its safety and effectiveness. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Mar 02, 2021

You’ve Been Vaccinated, Now What?

Dr. Hannah Imlay, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, discusses what it means for you and your family once you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. She also addresses questions about the vaccine's effectiveness and COVID variants. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Feb 16, 2021

Utah Doctors Warn Against Relaxing Health Routines After COVID-19 Vaccinations

Many of Utah's older adults are now or soon will be completely vaccinated. With this in mind, many people are asking when it will be safe to see their loved ones again. Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, discusses the need to continue to be cautious even around those who have been vaccinated. She also acknowledges the reasons why many are starting to have closer contact with loved ones and provides guidance on how to so in the safest manner. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Feb 04, 2021

Protecting Older Adults Against COVID-19

With COVID-19 vaccinations now available to Utahns ages 70 and older, many people are wondering if it safe to get the vaccine. Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Dr. Mark Supiano, MD, Chief of the Division of Geriatrics answer questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine and how it affects older adults. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 20, 2021

Doctors Urge Utahns Age 70 And Older To Get COVID Vaccine As Soon As Possible

Dr. Mark Supiano, MD, and Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, are encouraging Utahns 70 and older to get the COVID-19 vaccine. They reassure that while you may feel temporary symptoms after getting the vaccine you cannot get COVID-19 from the it. They also reiterate that the faster the vaccine can be distributed, the faster we can achieve herd immunity.... Read More

COVID-19 Vaccine Mythbusters
RESEARCH
Jan 15, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Mythbusters

There is a lot of information currently being shared about the new COVID-19 vaccine. Some of it is true, some of it is not. In this article, Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases debunks many common myths about the vaccine. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 13, 2021

Utah Health Care Leaders Declare Systemic Racism A Public Health Crisis

Racial injustice has been a problem in the healthcare system for a long time. The COVID-19 pandemic this past year has highlighted those problems even more drastically. Dr. Paloma Cariello, MD, MPH, Associate Professor in the Department of Infectious Diseases discusses how COVID-19 has affected communities of color here in Utah and what the pandemic has done for opening health care leaders eyes to the problems that need to be addressed. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Dec 14, 2020

3i Initiative Unites U Researchers in Times of Need

The 3i Initiative which brings researchers from 33 different Departments at the University of Utah together to make fundamental discoveries in healthcare, has been highlighted during the COVID pandemic. 3i has allowed the university to launch many different multi-disciplinary research projects that focus on COVID-19 research. Dr. Daniel Leung, MD, MSC, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and co-director of 3i discusses how 3i has been beneficial not only in COVID research but in many other areas of medicine as well. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Dec 08, 2020

KSL Investigates: Does Rushed Vaccine Make It Less Safe?

There is a lot of information circulating about the COVID-19 vaccine and with that comes lots of questions. Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health, answers questions about the vaccine, debunks myths and talks about what getting the vaccine actually looks like... Read More

RESEARCH
Nov 04, 2020

Here's What the First FDA-approved Coronavirus Treatment Means for Utahns

The FDA has approved a drug called Remdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19. Remdesivir has been proven to slow the spread of the virus, allowing the sickest patients to more effectively fight the virus and recover. Dr. Carlos Gomez, MD, reminds that this drug is only for use in hospitals, it isn't a drug patients can take at home, but can help patients in the hospital get discharged quicker. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Oct 21, 2020

U.S. Passes 8 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases

The United States has surpassed 8 million cases of COVID-19 and hospital ICUs are feeling the strain. In this article, Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, Assistant Professor at the U of U Health, discusses the disconnect between public perception of the pandemic and what is being experienced in the hospitals. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Oct 19, 2020

COVID-19 and Elections Press Conference

On October 8, 2020, Governor Gary R. Herbert was joined by Justin Lee, State Director of Elections, Dr. Angela Dunn, State Epidemiologist, and Dr. Emily Spivak, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Utah for a COVID-19 and elections update. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Oct 01, 2020

New U of U Trial Aims to Find Effective COVID-19 Treatment

In a trial conducted by principal investigator Dr. Carlos Gomez, MD, Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health, a treatment for COVID-19 involving the combination of two medicines is underway. Dr. Hannah Imlay, MD, a co-investigator for the trial explains how the medicine works and expresses her excitement for the research being conducted. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 23, 2020

Vaccine Trial Underway On Navajo Nation and in Salt Lake City

A COVID-19 vaccine trial run by the company Pzifer is showing great promise among those in the Navajo Nation. This trial, which started in April is being conducted at 145 sites across the country. If the trial is successful, Pfizer said they could supply up to 100 million doses of the vaccine by the end of 2020 and approximately 1.3 billion doses by the end of 2021. ... Read More

RECOGNITION
Sep 15, 2020

"From the Desk Of" Staff Highlight - September 2020

One staff member from the Department of Internal Medicine will be highlighted monthly as part of our "From the Desk Of" staff recognition initiative. This month's featured staff member is Hillary Shaw from the Division of Infectious Diseases. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 10, 2020

Approval of Blood Plasma Treatment Has Implications for Utah’s COVID-19 Patients and Researchers

With the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) emergency approval of the use of plasma on COVID-19 patients, one researcher, Dr. Emily Spivak, MD, MHS, Professor of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health, expressed concern that the plasma studies currently being done, some of which are being conducted at the University of Utah, may be negatively affected as the use of plasma becomes more common. There is still much that is unknown about how plasma acts as a treatment for COVID 19 and Dr. Spivak warns that while it has been effective in some cases, it surely isn't a cure all and that basic precautions like masks and social distancing are still important. ... Read More

Timeline of HIV/AIDS Research And Treatment in Utah
RESEARCH
Aug 19, 2020

Timeline of HIV/AIDS Research And Treatment in Utah

On the 30th anniversary of the Ryan White CARE Act, this timeline highlights the many different ways that Utahns have contributed to advancing HIV/AIDS research and treatment, ranging from increased access to medical care, development of new drugs, to progress in understanding the fundamental biology of the virus and the host immune response.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jul 29, 2020

Here’s Why Utahns Do or Don’t Wear a Mask During the Pandemic and What Physicians Have to Say About it

Many Utahns' have differing opinions about why people should or shouldn't wear masks. Although masks are not convenient there is a lot of information that shows that masks are effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Hannah Imlay, MD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, encourages Utahns' to be careful and to take precautions to avoid spreading the disease. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 30, 2020

CDC: Coronavirus targeting younger people

COVID-19 is now affecting younger people at a higher rate. Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the U of U Health discusses the rising trend, the risks that young people still face and encourages people to continue to follow basic protective procedures like wearing a mask and social distancing. ... Read More

3i Initiative Unites University Researchers in Times of Need
RESEARCH
Jun 17, 2020

3i Initiative Unites University Researchers in Times of Need

The University of Utah Health's Immunology, Inflammation, and Infectious Diseases (3i) Initiative is a university wide effort that connects scientists from diverse backgrounds in an effort to conduct top-tier research. While the efforts of this initiative have been highlighted with the emergence of COVID-19, it is more than a one dimensional initative. ... Read More

RESEARCH
Jun 16, 2020

University of Utah Health and ARUP Conduct Saliva Testing for COVID-19 Study

Individuals tested for COVID-19 at the University of Utah Health's Redwood drive in testing site now have the option to participate in a study that is exploring the accuracy of testing samples collected in the front of the nose and throat verses the deep nasal swab currently used to test for COVID-19. These tests may provide an alternate collection method for the specimens that is both more comfortable for patients and safer for providers.... Read More

RESEARCH
Jun 02, 2020

Infectious Disease Doctor, State Epidemiologist, CDC Cast Doubt on Accuracy of COVID-19 Antibody Tests

New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest COVID-19 antibody tests often are inaccurate, with accuracy of the test at 49% in some populations. According to Dr. Daniel Leung (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) antibody testing should really be used to inform public health policy decisions because on a larger scale the testing can be more accurate. ... Read More

A New Way to Control Epstein-Barr Virus
RESEARCH
May 29, 2020

A New Way to Control Epstein-Barr Virus

A team of researchers at University of Utah Health, including Drs. Sankar Swaminathan (Professor & Chief, Infectious Diseases) and Dinesh Verma (Research Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases) have shown the Epstein-Barr virus — which causes mononucleosis and is linked to development of several cancers — uses a novel strategy to survive. ... Read More

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Needn't be Perfect to Guide Public Health and Policy Decisions
EDUCATION
May 21, 2020

COVID-19 Antibody Testing Needn't be Perfect to Guide Public Health and Policy Decisions

While it’s too soon to use COVID-19 antibody testing to issue “immunity passports”, antibody tests that are available today are good enough to inform decisions about public health and relaxing social distancing interventions, says an international group of infectious disease and public health experts, including Dr. Daniel Leung (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) in Science Immunology.... Read More

EDUCATION
May 12, 2020

7 Questions About Testing for COVID-19 and What it Means for Reopening the Country

Pressure to perform widespread COVID-19 testing is growing as public health experts and ordinary citizens question the safety of reopening schools and businesses across the U.S. without better information about who is infected and at risk of spreading the virus. In this article, Dr. Kimberly Hanson (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases) discusses seven questions that will have major impacts on reopening the country. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Apr 14, 2020

More COVID-19 Testing, but Bottlenecks Persist

Despite pathology labs awash with COVID-19 tests, laboratories are struggling with shortages of other supplies, such as swabs and tubes, which hampers the ability to get ahead of the ever-expanding pandemic. Featuring Dr. Kim Hanson (Associate Professor, Infectious Diseases... Read More

HIV Prevention in Utah
EDUCATION
Feb 26, 2020

HIV Prevention in Utah

In March 2018, University of Utah faculty members Drs. Susana Keeshin and Adam Spivak founded the University of Utah PrEP Community Clinic. The clinic provides sexual health counseling, STD testing and treatment, HIV testing and PrEP all free-of-charge for at-risk individuals who lack health insurance.... Read More

EDUCATION
Jan 29, 2020

Utah Health Experts Say Current Risk of Coronavirus Low in US

While critical questions about the deadly coronavirus remain unanswered and health officials around the world try to get a better handle on the coronavirus, local experts said the risk for Utahns is still low. Featuring Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, Professor and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases.... Read More

RECOGNITION
Dec 09, 2019

Welcome Gary Webster

The Department of Internal Medicine welcomes Gary Webster as the new Division Administrator for the Division of Infectious Diseases.... Read More

RESEARCH
Nov 25, 2019

CDC Spotlights ‘Deadly Threat’ of Antibiotic Resistance

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antimicrobial-resistant fungi cause more than 2.8 million infections and 35,000 deaths a year in the United States, though many infectious disease experts, including Dr. Emily Spivak, believe deaths and illness from antibiotic resistance are much higher. ... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 03, 2019

Are Measles Really That Big of a Deal?

2019 has been the worst year for measles cases in 25 years. Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, MD, Division Chief of Infectious Diseases, discusses measles and the importance of vaccines on Top of Mind with Julie Rose podcast. ... Read More

Utahns Warned About Rare Polio-like Illness
RESEARCH
Oct 16, 2018

Utahns Warned About Rare Polio-like Illness

With a recent spike in AFM cases, Andrew Pavia, MD (Infectious Disease) addresses the rarity of the disease and wants parents to know it is out there and how it's important to find out what's causing it. ... Read More

2017 Odell Young Investigator Award
RECOGNITION
Oct 17, 2017

2017 Odell Young Investigator Award

Daniel T. Leung, MD, was recognized as the recipient of the 2017 William D. Odell Young Investigator Award for demonstrating leadership potential, during the SSLIM’s Clinical Grand Rounds Alumni Weekend.... Read More

RESEARCH, RECOGNITION
Jul 01, 2016

Adam Spivak, M.D. Receives Prestigious Award from Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Adam Spivak M.D., VPCAT and KL2 scholar, and assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, has been selected to receive a Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The CSDA is a three year, $450,000 grant that will provide resources for Spivak to build upon recent discoveries and launch a career as an independent physician scientist focusing on improving the management of HIV infection. ... Read More

Hidden in Plain Sight: Well-Known Drug Could Yield New Treatment for Herpes Viruses
RESEARCH
Apr 13, 2016

Sankar Swaminathan published in National Academy of Sciences

Today, there is only one class of antiviral medicines against herpesviruses – a family of viruses that cause mononucleosis, herpes, shingles, and meningitis among other illnesses – meaning options for treating these infections are limited. If viruses become resistant to these frontline treatments, a growing problem particularly in clinical settings, there are no alternative drugs to serve as backup. http://unews.utah.edu/hidden-in-plain-sight-well-known-drug-could-yield-new-treatment-for-herpes-viruses/... Read More

EDUCATION
Aug 07, 2015

3 Faculty Positions Open

The Division of Infectious Diseases has 3 faculty positions open. For more information and to apply for the openings please follow the links. https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/39911 https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/40286 https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/40834... Read More

RECOGNITION
Aug 01, 2014

Welcome Dr. Daniel Leung

We would like to announce the addition of Dr. Daniel Leung to our Infectious Disease faculty. Prior to joining the University of Utah, Dr. Leung was an Instructor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, working in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where his research was focused on cholera immunology. In Utah, Dr. Leung will lead a laboratory focused on immunology of diarrheal diseases. www.globalguthealth.org... Read More

EDUCATION
Jun 05, 2014

Welcome 2014 Fellows

We are very pleased to announce our new ID fellows who have matched for July 2014. Welcome Dr. Anne Michal Stevens (Med College of Wisconsin; Milwaukee , Wisconsin), Dr. Tim Baures (Wayne State; Detroit, Michigan), and Dr. Vidya Jagadeesan (Greater Baltimore Medical Center; Baltimore, MD).... Read More

RESEARCH
Sep 07, 2012

Dr Swaminathan, Li, and Verma Published in Journal of Virology

Dr. Sankar Swaminathan, Dajiang Li, and Dinesh Verma recently had their journal article "Binding of cellular export factor REF/Aly by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) ORF57 protein is not required for efficient KSHV lytic replication" published in the Journal of Virology.... Read More