About Us

About Us

Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Infectious Disease is to provide patients with technologically advanced and compassionate medical care.

Message from our Chairman - Steven Gordon, MD

The Department of Infectious Disease is integrated within the Medicine Institute where we are guided by the following principles:

  • Maintaining excellence in patient care across the continuum of care
    • This includes providing a medical home for our patient with HIV and patients that discharged on parenteral antimicrobial agents via our Community Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Program (CoPAT).
  • Excellence in medical education
  • Provision of opportunities for our staff to grow by partnering with colleagues in multidisciplinary teams organized around specific medical conditions.
  • Offering inpatient infectious disease consultative services 7 days a week and providing continuity of care in our specialty outpatient clinics.
  • Expansion of clinical research opportunities to build a core program integrated with the Medicine Institute that can successfully compete for external funding.
  • Execution of our goals and measurement of our results
  • Reduction of healthcare costs by leveraging digital technologies
    • We have one of the lowest support staff to staff ratios committed to reviewing our processes for opportunities to improve inefficiencies.

Respectfully Submitted,

Steven Gordon, MD
Chairman
Infectious Diseases

Services We Offer

Inpatient Consultative Services

  • Three general infectious disease services that treat patients for an extensive range of infections, including:
    • Urinary tract infections, HIV, diabetic foot infections, C. Diff, tuberculosis, histoplasmosis, cyptococcosis, and many more.
  • One bone & joint infections service that specializes in treating patients with:
    • Osteomyelitis, total knee and hip replacement infections, infections in total knee and hip arthroplasty infections, and other bone & joint related infections.
  • One endocarditis service that specialists attends to patients with diagnosed endocarditis in addition to:
    • Pacemaker, cardiac electronic implantable device, and ventricular assist device
  • One neurological infections service that oversees central nervous system infections related to:
    • Cranial, cerebrospinal fluid, post craniotomy, bone flap, ventriculo-peritoneal shunt, and deep brain stimulator infections. 
    • Meningitis, cranial abscesses, skull base osteomyelitis, neurosyphilis, cerebral malaria, etc.
  • One bone marrow transplant infections service, which addresses infections in patients that have received a bone marrow transplant.
  • One solid organ transplant infections service that assess pre- and post-transplant infections for heart, lung, kidney, liver, intestines, pancreas, etc. organ transplants.

Research

Research is an integral part of the mission of the Department of Infectious Disease. Our research efforts span infectious conditions and microbes and share a focus on clinical applicability to patients.

Ongoing research efforts are funded by both internal and external sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Clinical and Translational Scientific Collaboration, internal funding and pharmaceutical industry grants.

Research is currently ongoing in the following areas:

  • Bone and Joint Infections
  • CoPAT – Community Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy
  • Endocarditis
  • Granuloma
  • HIV Infections
  • International Travel
  • Neurological Infections
  • Transplant Infectious Disease

View details about our research.

Appointments

Appointments

Doctors in the Cleveland Clinic Department of Infectious Disease diagnose and treat patients with a wide range of both opportunistic and acquired infections.

We provide around-the-clock inpatient care, including three general infectious disease consultation services as well as dedicated solid organ transplant, bone marrow transplant, bone and joint infections and neuroinfections.

To schedule an appointment, call us locally at 216.444.8845 or toll-free at 800.223.2273 ext. 48845. Please remember to bring your current medications and over the counter medications to your scheduled appointment.

When you arrive at G21, Infectious Disease Front Desk:

  • Please check in at the Infectious Diseases Front Desk with one of our Patient Service Representatives (PSR).
  • Our PSR will provide you with a list of your current medications, demographic information, and a patient satisfaction survey.
  • While you wait for one of our Medical Assistants to take you to an exam room, you will be able to review and update your current medications and demographic information.

Please notify the Front Desk if you have been waiting 20 minutes or longer

  • One of our Medical Assistants will call your name to take your vital signs and review your medications with you before seeing your physician.
  • Your physician will review your medical history and symptoms to evaluate your concerns.

After you have completed the visit with your physician you will be asked to:

  • Please return to the G-21 Infectious Diseases Front Desk to Check-out and make follow-up appointments as needed.
  • Return completed patient satisfaction survey to the Front Desk Patient Service Representative.

If there is anything that we can do to better assist you please let our staff know. We welcome your feedback as well as any suggestions that are conveyed to our staff.

Our Doctors

Our Doctors

Specialty Clinics

Specialty Clinics

Our Specialty Infectious Disease Clinics are incorporated into our Outpatient Infectious Disease clinic where we offer a continuum of care to our patients seen while in the hospital.

Outpatient Infectious Disease Clinic

Bone & Joint Infections

Specializing in services and treatment for the following:

  • Infections of the musculoskeletal system including septic arthritis of native joints, prosthetic (artificial) joints, and osteomyelitis (bone infections).

Active research in the Bone and Joint Clinic includes diagnostic algorithms using traditional and molecular techniques, and process improvement in management of bone and joint infections.

CoPAT - Community Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy

Specializing in services and treatment for the following:

  • Patients discharged from the hospital with IV antibiotics
  • Completion of IV antibiotic therapy

Endocarditis Clinic

Specializing in services and treatment for the following conditions:

  • Bacterial inflammation of the endocardium (intracardiac area). Major symptoms include fever, fatigue, heart murmurs, splenomegaly, embolic episodes and areas of infarction
  • Infections due to cardiac devices, grafts, or implants

Granuloma

Specializing in services and treatment for the following:

  • Histoplasmosis
  • Coccidioidmycosis
  • Cyptococcosis
  • Mycobacterial infections (including tuberculosis and mycobacterial infections other than tuberculosis such as mycobacterial avium-intracellulare complex (MAC)

We evaluate and manage patients with granulomatous disease referred to us from the pulmonary clinic, chest surgery service, rheumatology clinic, primary care physicians and other specialties as well as self referrals. We are also the referral center for patients and Cleveland Clinic employees diagnosed with latent tuberculosis infection by tuberculin skin test or blood TB tests. We have daily appointments available. Our physicians are nationally recognized for their expertise and contributions to the management of patients with granulomatous disorders and welcome referrals.

HIV Infections

Specializing in services and treatment for the following:

  • HIV/AIDS positive persons
  • Services include primary and preventative care, diagnostic testing, medication counseling, case management, education for patients and their families, and mental health.

As monitoring for comorbidities and treatment-related complications is emphasized, we coordinate our patients’ care with other physicians. We also serve an integral role in evaluation of HIV patients for liver and kidney transplantation at our institution. We have been awarded funding through Ryan White Title Assistance to provide support services for patients living with HIV/AIDS who are uninsured and underinsured in Northeast Ohio.

The Infectious Diseases Department provides personalized assistance to our patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. Assistance is provided by social workers within the department who provide the patients with their expertise on the Ryan White program as well as other services that may assist them. The social workers play an integral part by providing patients with education by providing invaluable resources for patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.

We are responsible for the HIV-related education of fellows, residents and students. In addition, we provide HIV continuing medical education for the region. Our research interests center on metabolic complications of antiretroviral therapy, epidemic modeling, and clinical scenarios.

International Traveler’s Health Clinics at Cleveland Clinic

Specializing in services and treatment for the following:

  • Pre-travel health and safety advice to persons planning to travel abroad
  • Administration of vaccinations and prescription medications necessary to facilitate safe travel

All vaccinations (including yellow fever) and prescription medications necessary to facilitate safe travel can be administered or prescribed. We provide a comprehensive personalized review, and develop individualized packets of information for each client to take with them. Post-travel evaluation is available if you return home with questions or health concerns. Our clinic is listed with the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the International Society of Travel Medicine.

To schedule an appointment call 216.444.6415 or 800.223.2273 ext 46415.

Neurological Infections

Specializing in services and treatment for the following:

  • Infection of the brain, spinal cord and its linings (meninges)
  • Infection of the brain following neurosurgery
  • Meningitis (infection of the lining of the brain)
  • Brain abscess (pockets of pus in the brain)
  • Encephalitis (infection in the brain)

These infections can case severe neurologic damage and mortality (some times death within days) if not accurately diagnosed and treated early. It often requires a multidisciplinary team approach involving, neurologists, neurosurgeons, neuron-intensivists neuro-radiologists and neuro-pathologists.

Neurologic-Infectious Diseases section at Cleveland Clinic

There are few hospitals and academic institutions in the US and in the world that have dedicated Infectious diseases services/ departments that concentrate in this field. Cleveland Clinic is one of the few such places. Cleveland Clinic’s Neurology and Neurosurgery programs have been consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation and best in Ohio. This section has been established to promote outstanding patient care for infectious disorders of the nervous system. We have an exclusive in-patient consult service for patients admitted to the hospital with neurologic infections and an outpatient clinic where patients from different states in the US and several other countries seek care.

Transplant Infectious Disease

Specializing in services and treatment for the following:

  • Pre-transplant evaluations
  • Infectious complications following bone marrow and solid organ transplantation
  • Post Transplantation evaluations

Our group is comprised of 9 physicians, one certified nurse practitioner and one transplant infectious disease fellow. Individual experts from other departments, including Clinical Pathology, Pediatrics, Immunology, and Infection Control attend our biweekly meetings and provide vital advice to our group.

Members of the group have expertise in a variety of transplant infectious disease-related topics, including cytomegalovirus, fungal infections, respiratory viral infections, transplantation of patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus, infections with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, mycobacterial infections, and parasitic infections.

Members of the transplant infectious disease group are actively involved in clinical and translational research on a local and national level, and have published extensively on a variety of the above mentioned topics. We also provide education regarding prevention and treatment of infections to transplant candidates, their care givers, and health care providers at all levels.

Referrals : Transplant infectious disease specialists welcome consults from physicians in the community who are treating transplant patients and who want to discuss complex infectious disease issues. Please call 216.444.8845 to refer patients who are being considered for transplantation or patients who are post-transplant.

Schedule a Consultation

To schedule a provider-initiated consultation in one of our clinics, please contact our schedulers at 216.444.8845.

Educational & Clinical Training

We provide excellent educational and clinical training opportunities in the field. Several medical students, residents and fellows form different disciplines/specialties rotate with us.
Video Series

Video Series

If you are awaiting a transplant or have already had a transplant, you probably have many questions about infections after transplantation.

Organ Transplantation, Infections and You

In these videos doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and pharmacists from the Cleveland Clinic will answer questions about different types of infections and how we prevent them. We will also talk about the things YOU can do to minimize your risk of infection after transplant. Please do not hesitate to ask your transplant clinician or coordinator if you have additional questions.

Cleveland Clinic Infectious disease specialists reassure you that with a few simple precautions, transplant recipients can lead normal lives, and go out and do fun things. Being aware of the possible infection risks can go a long way towards lowering this risk.

Visit us online at our Transplant Center or contact us at 1.800.223.2273.