Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine
The Division of Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine provides expert diagnostic and treatment services for patients with all types of infectious and tropical diseases.
Based in Manhattan, our infectious disease (ID) specialists are particularly skilled in helping patients manage HIV/AIDS and treating infectious complications of cancer and organ transplantation. In addition, our physicians provide travel medicine services for people going abroad or coming home with an illness from an overseas trip.
Diseases We Treat
Patients benefit from our board-certified ID specialists' expertise and experience in managing and preventing a wide variety of maladies, including:
- Lyme disease
- Dengue fever
- Infectious diarrhea
- Parasitic infections
- West Nile virus
- And many other diseases
Our doctors are experts on infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites and how they affect the different organs of the body. They are especially skilled in treating diseases that are complicated or difficult to diagnose or manage. They are also experienced at working closely with primary care physicians and other healthcare professionals on complex illnesses.
Procedures We Perform
Our ID specialists are experienced in conducting a wide range of tests to determine the cause of the disease and the best course of treatment. For example, a patient visit might include such things as:
- A thorough medical history review
- A physical exam
- Blood tests
- Tissue cultures
- Stool tests
- CAT scans
Treatments typically include medications, such as antibiotics, to combat the infection. Our specialists can also offer strategies for disease prevention, including vaccinations.
Services for International Travelers
Getting sick while voyaging overseas, especially from diseases like hepatitis, typhoid, meningitis, malaria or Yellow fever, can cause travelers a great deal of distress -- physically, mentally and financially.
International travelers can rely on our group's world-class expertise in infectious diseases and travel medicine to prepare them for a trip or manage an illness upon return.
Our practice is one of the global sites for the GeoSentinel Surveillance Program, which tracks and manages emerging infectious diseases and travel-related illnesses in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We also participate in a research program with the CDC on travel-related vaccines.
Our travel medicine services include:
- Pre-travel counseling, including a review of your itinerary and guidance on steps to take if you become ill or are injured abroad
- The most up-to-date information on disease outbreaks worldwide
- A full range of vaccinations, including Yellow fever, meningitis, rabies and Japanese encephalitis
- Post-travel treatment of infections or diseases
Members of the Division of Infectious Diseases are on the faculty of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and are on staff at St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals’ Department of Medicine. They are committed to participating in leading-edge research projects involving both institutions. For example, division members have participated in studies of new antiviral drugs for HIV and viral hepatitis.
The division is headed by Robert S. Klein, MD, a prominent infectious disease specialist. It also includes three other highly esteemed physicians, John Cahill, MD, George McKinley, MD and Bruce Polsky, MD (who is also the Chairman of the Department of Medicine).
For information, an appointment or a consultation, you can contact us at the following practice site on Manhattan's Upper West Side:
UMPA at 59th Street
425 West 59th Street, Suite 8A
New York, NY 10019
Infectious Diseases Society of America
Infectious Diseases Society of New York
National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
What Precautions Should I Take for Travel Abroad? with John D. Cahill, MD (Live Well New York)