Welcome from the Division Chiefs
Welcome to the website for the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. We are incredibly proud of our tradition and accomplishments in contributing to the advancement of treatment of infectious diseases locally, nationally and worldwide.
Our core mission is to heal, to teach and to discover. Facing the challenges of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases at home and across the globe; we pride ourselves on delivering the highest quality of care for our patients, providing exceptional fellowship training to the next generation of Infectious Diseases physicians and continuing to make scientific breakthroughs through our world renowned research.
Changes in Division Leadership
After almost 20 years as Division Chief, as of July 1, 2015, Dr. Salata has assumed the role of Interim Chair of the Department of Medicine for both UH Case Medical Center and the School of Medicine. Dr. Henry Boom will serve as Interim Division Chief, and Dr. Amy Ray will serve as Interim Associate Chief for Clinical and Educational Affairs. Dr. Federico Perez, who has been the Associate Fellowship Director, will now direct the Fellowship Program in collaboration with Drs. Boom and Ray.
Dr. W. Henry Boom is an infectious diseases physician and immunologist with a long-standing research program on the immunology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the cause of human tuberculosis (TB). After completing his medical degree at the University of Rochester, residency at George Washington Univ., and clinical and research training in infectious diseases and immunology at Mass. General Hospital and the Harvard School of Public Health, he joined the faculty at Case Western Reserve University in 1988. His basic research is focused on the T cell response to M. tuberculosis and the molecular mechanisms used by M. tuberculosis to evade T cell immunity. Since 1999 he has directed the TB Research Unit (TBRU), an NIH-funded multi-disciplinary research program on the human response to M. tuberculosis. TBRU combines cutting edge human immunology, microbiology and human genetics to epidemiologic and observational studies, and clinical trials of M. tuberculosis infection and disease in TB endemic settings in Brazil, Morocco, Philippines, S. Africa and Uganda.
Dr. Ray is Associate Professor of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Her primary interests include infection prevention and healthcare epidemiology. She has served as the University Hospitals Health System Medical Director of infection control and prevention since 2008. In 2009, she served on the National Quality Forum's Infectious Diseases Technical Advisory Panel for the National Voluntary Consensus Standards for Patient Outcomes. She is an active participant in University Hospitals medical staff leadership including having served as Chief of Staff at UH Ahuja Medical Center 2011-2013. As a member of the UH Ahuja Board of Directors, Dr. Ray is the chairperson of the UH Ahuja Medical Center Quality and Professional Affairs Committee.
Dr. Perez is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Dr. Perez is a staff physician and researcher at the Louis Stokes Cleveland Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is a Louis Stokes Scholar; Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative KL2 awardee and recipient of the Department of Medicine Young Faculty Research Award and the Scholarship Teaching Award. Dr. Perez’s research interests center around Antimicrobial Resistance.
Infection Control Recognition
Please congratulate Dr. Curtis Donskey of ID and the GRECC and Dr. Myreen Tomas of the GRECC.
In keeping with the success of his recent Merit Review Award and grant from the ASGE, Dr. Donskey was also just awarded research funding from the CDC for his role in a project entitled, “Assessment of Patient-Stratified Transmission Risks and Development of Innovative Barrier Precaution Strategies”. This is a multicenter project that includes investigators from Utah (Dr. Matt Samore, PI), Wisconsin, and Cleveland.
Please also congratulate Drs. Myreen Tomas (Special GRECC Research Fellow) and Donskey for their paper just published entitled “Portable UV booth disinfects contaminated PPE”. Please also see the featured link in ID News about the impact of this work.
Dr. Tomas was also recently also featured in Medscape Medical News regarding her presentation at the SHEA meeting in Orlando Florida this year. Dr. Tomas and Donskey presented a paper entitled “Novel Sporicidal Reduces C difficile Spores on Gloved Hands”.
New ID Faculty Member
Elie Saade, MD
Welcome to Dr. Elie Saade as the newest member of the Infectious Diseases team! Dr. Saade completed his Fellowship in Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine at Case Western Reserve University on June 30, 2015. Dr. Saade will be a faculty member of both the Division of Geriatrics and the Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine. Having completed Fellowships in both Geriatrics and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Saade’s professional interests focus on infectious diseases in the elderly.
Passion for Healthy Travel Inspires Generous Gift for Travel Medicine Clinic
A generous gift from UH benefactor and frequent traveler Roe Green (left) will help keep travelers safe here and abroad.
Philanthropist Roe Green is a world traveler, visiting more than 160 countries in her lifetime. Her passion for travel has inspired a generous $5 million gift to University Hospitals and the Division of Infectious Diseases that will help keep globe-trotting patients healthy.
Roe Green has had a lifelong passion for travel and began going overseas with her parents as a teenager. In preparation for these trips, she always has relied on UH’s travel medicine clinic as an important resource to stay healthy before, during and after her journeys. She has visited more than 160 countries and feels travel is an important educational tool.
One of the first of its kind in the country, the Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine serves about 4,500 travelers each year through clinics at UH Case Medical Center and UH Chagrin Highlands and Westlake health centers. International travelers – including those bound for developing countries that present special health risks – receive comprehensive preventive care, vaccines and education. UH physicians also help travelers with complex pre-existing conditions to manage their medical needs while abroad. In addition, UH is among the first U.S. providers to care for the special needs of students and children traveling overseas through its child travelers and adoption clinic at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.
Ms. Green’s gift will allow UH’s newly named Roe Green Center for Travel Medicine to provide targeted support for facilities, programs and physician-scientists in travel medicine, including renowned infectious disease specialists Robert Salata, MD and Keith Armitage, MD. UH also will enhance educational experiences for trainees in the internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship, and provide continuing medical education lectures for physicians.