USF Health Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
April 2013
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The University of South Florida Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine (USF ID) website has a new look!

In January, we updated the template design and improved the layout to provide easier navigation. We welcome you to take some time to explore our new website and stay tuned as we continue to improve it!

 Faculty News

Dr. Ulyee Choe, Assistant Professor of Medicine for USF ID and Director for the Polk County Health Department (PCHD) was featured on the cover of the January 2013 edition of the Central Florida Physicians Directory & Medical Professionals Guide.

          Dr. Ulyee Choe  
(photo courtesy of Pezzimenti)

Dr. Choe discusses how he's settling into his new role as Director of PCHD which began  in November 2012 and the rewarding nature of his work. Click here to read more.

In February, the SMART (Stewardship at Moffitt for improving Antimicrobial use and Reducing resistance: Team approach) Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) team at the Henry Lee Moffitt Cancer Center won the Moffitt Spirit Award.

This award recognizes the team that best exemplifies Moffitt's core values, overcomes obstacles, increases employee morale and raises the bar for quality service.

Dr. John Greene, USF ID Professor of Medicine, Dr. Ana Velez, USF ID Assistant Professor of Medicine, and Dr. Aliyah Baluch, USF ID Assistant Professor of Medicine are part of the SMART ASP team and were recipients of this prestigious award!

The SMART ASP was created to optimize antimicrobial use and patient outcomes. On a daily basis, the team reviews patient antimicrobial treatments, culture results, and clinical response to provide the best possible feedback to caregivers. Below is a picture of the SMART ASP team.

Front (left to right):  Gene Wetzstein, Aliyah Baluch MD, Rod Quilitz PharmD, John Greene MD, Yanina Paskihova PharmD, Stacy Martin, and Ramon Sandin MD. Back (left to right):  Dawn Ruge, Kay Sams, Ana Velez MD, Chiara Quintana RN, and Stephanie Reich. Not pictured:  Amber Herschberger and Mary Dorling.

Education & Outreach

Dr. Douglas Holt, Director of USF ID and the Hillsborough County Health Department (HCHD) spoke with Tampa Bay's ABC Action News about a new and severe strain of norovirus impacting the Bay area.

         Dr. Douglas Holt

Sydney norovirus, commonly known as the stomach flu, appears to have higher rates of transmission and hospitalization in comparison to other known strains. This poses a greater threat to the young, elderly, and immunocompromised individuals. Click here to watch the interview.

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In February Dr. Richard Oehler, Associate Professor & Clinical Director of Education for USF ID, was a guest speaker for a lecture series hosted by USF's Infectious Disease Interest Group (IDIG). Dr. Oehler shared his knowledge on travel medicine with USF students interested in infectious disease, bioterrorism, tropical medicine, and other public health threats.                     
                                                                                              Dr. Richard Oehler



Dr. Sally Alrabaa, Assistant Professor with USF ID, recently published a paper in the American Journal of Infection Control.

         Dr. Sally Alrabaa

In January her paper, "Early Identification and Control of Carbapenemase-Producing Klebsiella Pneumoniae, Originating From Contaminated Endoscopic Equipment" was featured on the MDLinx website. MDLinx provides a current index of articles of importance to physicians and healthcare providers. Click here to see her paper on MDLinx.

USF Health's Florida HIV Clinical Research Unit, located at the Hillsborough County Health Department, is gearing up to host its 2nd annual STD Awareness Day to be held Monday, April 29th. Free STD and HIV testing will be available to everyone 12 years of age and older. 

Currently in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates:  

Prevalence:            >110 million STDs
Incidence:              20 million new STDs each year
Health care cost:    >$16 billion/year

Young adults (ages 15-24) are especially vulnerable, accounting for half of all new STD cases. Get tested! Early detection and treatment are key to minimizing the impact STDs can have on your health.  

For more information, visit: 

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ID conferences are weekly lectures, typically held on Mondays, where fellows and faculty come together to enhance their knowledge of infectious diseases. Recent topics include
"Chagas' Disease", "Dengue Fever", "Congenital Infections", "Syphilis" and more! For more information contact Tammy Grice at:



Douglas A. Holt, MD FACP IDSA
Andor Szentivanyi Professor of Medicine
Director, USF Health Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
Director, Hillsborough County Health Department
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