Department of Medicine Academic Division:
Gary P. Wormser, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology
Vice Chair of Medicine for Research and Development
New York Medical College
Chief of Infectious Diseases
Westchester Medical Center
The Infectious Diseases (ID) Division has responsibility to provide care for patients with a wide assortment of infections. They include tertiary care patients with solid organ (kidney, liver and heart) or bone marrow transplants; oncology, HIV/AIDS, high-risk obstetrics, level 1 trauma and burn patients; and critical care and post surgical patients. ID faculty serves Westchester Medical Center as medical director of the AIDS Care Center, director of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program and as hospital epidemiologist. A Travelers’ Health Service provides vaccinations and advice for prospective travelers and offers care for post-travel infections.
A Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center was established to provide clinical care and conduct research studies on regional tick-borne infections. Focusing on prevention, treatment, diagnosis, pathogenesis and co-infections, cutting–edge research is conducted in collaboration with other departments at New York Medical College such as Microbiology and Immunology. Funding primarily comes from the NIH, CDC, New York State and private industry.
An ID Fellowship Program is based at Westchester Medical Center, but also includes College-affiliated Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City. There currently are four fellows in the program who interact with up to 10 different adult and three pediatric ID physicians.
A core clinical research unit with a certified research coordinator, nurses and laboratory scientists is available for other clinical departments to use as well. Of special research interest are tick-borne infections such as Lyme disease, human granulocytic anaplasmosis and babesiosis, HIV/AIDS, infection control interventions, antibiotic resistant bacteria, staphylococcus infections and immunology of aging, with and without HIV infection. Other research endeavors involve the management of sinusitis and nasal polyps and the use of experimental antimicrobial, antifungal and antiviral agents.
Gary P. Wormser, M.D., Chief of Infectious Diseases
Robert Nadelman, M.D.
John Nowakowski, M.D.
Marisa Montecalvo, M.D.
Catherine Small, M.D.
Abhay Dhand, M.D.
Marc El Khoury, M.D.
Julie Joseph, M.D.
Lyme Disease Diagnostic Center