I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the UAB Division of Infectious Disease. Our division provides a dynamic academic environment for interdisciplinary research, education and clinical care. Our Division has a long history of providing a spectrum of clinical care in infectious diseases at our three main inpatient facilities (UAB Hospital, UAB Highlands and the Birmingham VA Medical Center) and outpatient clinics (the 1917 Clinic, Travelers’ Clinic and the ID Clinic at UAB Highlands). We also have an actively growing outpatient antibiotic therapy (OPAT) program, strong interest in outcomes research, and a robust program in infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship. Our clinical activities facilitate our involvement in education of medical students, residents, and fellows at UAB. Our faculty have a very strong educational presence both in the UAB Heersink School of Medicine, and through attending on the Tinsley Harrison General Medicine Service, directed by Dr. Martin Rodriguez, and our consult services are popular elective rotations.

We continue to have outstanding growth in both the number of faculty and funding, and are ranked first in external funding in the UAB Department of Medicine. The Division has several major HIV-focused program awards sponsored by NIH, including the UAB CFAR and three NIAID-sponsored entities, the AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU), HIV Vaccine Trials Unit (one of 10 in the U.S.), and Microbicide Trials Unit (one of 6 in the U.S.). We also work closely with the Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ), recently designated as a core DAIDS Clinical Research Site of the UAB CTU. In addition, we host the Mycoses Study Group, historically based in NIAID and now operating as an independent trials unit, and the NIH-funded UAB Sexually Transmitted Infections Clinical Trials Unit. Our ID fellowship program is in its 48th year and has successfully trained 118 fellows.

Our global health footprint extends from Central and South America to sub-Saharan Africa, with research or education projects in Cameroon, Kenya, Panama, Peru, South Africa and Uganda. The Division hosts the Gorgas Courses in Clinical Tropical Medicine at the Alexander von Humboldt Tropical Medicine Institute in Lima, Peru, next to the Tropical Diseases Unit of the Cayetano Heredia Hospital, the major tropical diseases referral center for Peru. For trainees interested in investigative tropical or global medicine, this internationally renowned course is essential. Course objectives are to train providers in Tropical Medicine in a multicultural educational program with international experts in the field, to expose students to a broad spectrum of tropical diseases and provide them with the foundational clinical knowledge and skills needed to recognize, diagnose, treat and prevent the most relevant tropical diseases, and to create a network of experts committed to improving healthcare services for underserved populations globally.

We hope you enjoy our site, and don’t hesitate to provide feedback or refer questions to us.

Jeanne MarrazzoJeanne Marrazzo MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA
Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
C. Glenn Cobbs, M.D., Endowed Professor in Infectious Diseases
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Heersink School of Medicine