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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide excellence in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections today and the discovery and advancement of the tools and knowledge for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infections tomorrow.

Infectious Diseases:

Established in 1968, the Division of Infectious Diseases continues a tradition of excellence in the Health System’s missions of patient care, medical education, basic and clinical research, and community service. Our expert faculty are among the leaders in each of these core missions.

Patient Care:

In partnership with the Center for AIDS Research Education Services (CARES), division physicians care for many of the over 1,800 HIV-infected patients in the Sacramento area. Our faculty are nationally recognized for expertise in HIV Medicine, Infection Prevention, Disaster and Bioterrorism Planning and serve as valuable information sources for the public-health community. In the area of informatics, our faculty are integral in helping transform the Health System for the future of healthcare, taking leadership roles in telemedicine and clinical informatics. The faculty also have a broad range of clinical interests / expertise in antimicrobial stewardship, transplant infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, outpatient antimicrobial therapy, travel medicine, viral infections like HIV, CMV and hepatitis C, and fungal infections like coccidioidomycosis.

Education:

The Division leads the Northern California AIDS Education Training Center, whose mission is to train the clinicians of Northern California in HIV care. Additionally, the faculty participate in the education of medical students and residents, fellows, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical laboratory scientists, pharmacy students and residents, masters in public health graduate students, health informatics graduate students, and serve a variety of other educational needs of the community.

Research:

The Division Faculty have a leadership role within many of the key research centers of the Health System, including the Center for Regenerative Cures, Center for Comparative Medicine, and the Clinical and Translational Science Center. Infectious diseases faculty also partner with many key research groups including the NCI designated Cancer Center and Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology. Additionally, we use sophisticated techniques of DNA and RNA analysis, molecular biology and immunologic tools of flow cytometry and antibody manufacturing in our research, partnering with colleagues in the Department of Medical Microbiology.