WHAT IS AN INFECTIOUS DISEASE PHYSICIAN?
An infectious disease physician is an internal medicine doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases caused by infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi.
An accurate diagnosis is the first step toward effective treatment. Your infectious disease physician will attempt to make a diagnosis by obtaining a detailed history and performing a physical exam. Sometimes additional tests such as laboratory work or x-rays will be recommended.
Along with their specialized knowledge comes a particular insight into the appropriate use of antibiotics and their potential adverse effects. ID specialists also have additional training in immunology (how the body fights infection), epidemiology (how infections spread) and infection prevention and control.
WHAT DO INFECTIOUS DISEASE PHYSICIANS TREAT?
• Fever of unknown cause
• Infections of the skin, bones, joints, heart, lungs (pneumonia), sinuses, brain, urinary tract, bowels and pelvis
• Hepatitis B or C
• Disease transmitted by ticks such as Lyme, Babesia, and Ehrlichia
• Influenza, including H1N1
• Travel related illnesses such as malaria or diarrhea
• Pre-travel advice
• Sexually-transmitted diseases
MEET OUR INFECTIOUS DISEASE
WHERE WE SEE PATIENTS
|Cambridge Hospital Campus
1493 Cambridge St., Cambridge
|Somerville Hospital Campus
230 Highland Ave., Somerville
|Whidden Hospital Campus
103 Garland St., Everett
*This informational sheet lists members of the CHA Physician's Organization. It may not show all members of the CHA Medical Staff.