Fellowship Training Program

Program Directors

Program Director

Robert A. Salata, M.D.

  • Professor of Medicine
     Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Executive Vice Chair
     Department of Medicine
  • Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases  & HIV Medicine
     University Hospitals Case Medical Center

Research Interest: Dr. Salata's research interests include international studies in HIV infection and HIV infection in women, sexually transmitted diseases, nosocomial infections, vaccine and non-vaccine strategies to impact on HIV seroincidence, infections in immunocompromised hosts, and the epidemiology of infectious diseases. He is also the Director of the CWRU ID Alliance focusing on infectious diseases in underserved communities surrounding the University. He also is the PI for the Infectious Diseases Clinical Trials Unit for phase 1 trials of new therapeutic agents for emerging infection. These are collaborative studies with other faculty members involved in HIV research and requires close interactions with members of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

Associate Program Director

Federico Perez, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University
  •  Division of Infectious Diseases & HIV Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Research Interest:  Antimicrobial Resistance

Co-Director

Usha Stiefel, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine
     Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Section Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases
     Louis Stokes VA Hospital

Research Interest: Dr. Stiefel's research is focused on mechanisms by which the (predominantly anaerobic) indigenous intestinal microbiota prevents colonization by exogenous, antibiotic-resistant, potentially pathogenic microorganisms. Also, has a secondary interest in the pathogenesis of infection and/or colonization with Staphylococcus aureus, particularly community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA).

Co-Director

Robert C. Kalayjian, M.D.

  • Associate Professor of Medicine
     Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
  • Director of Infectious Diseases
     MetroHealth Medical Center

Research Interest: Dr. Kalayjian's research interest focuses on the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and interactions of aging with HIV disease.