Latest Podcasts

Germs Rejoice! Bell Tolls for the ID Doc?

By John Sia, MD

February 26th, 2024

Dr. John Sia, Infectious Diseases Fellow at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, looks at the field of Infectious Diseases Medicine, and its prospects for continued success in recruitment and the economics of practice. Dr. Sia looks at some of the challenges for the infectious Diseases clinician, what ID needs to do to continue to attract some of the brightest and most talented medical professionals to the field, and how ID continues to be one of the most satisfying and rewarding of all the medical subspecialties. Dr. Sia also shares some of the reasons he chose Infectious Diseases as part of his own personal journey.

The Tale of an Ancient Ally: Phage Therapy, Part II

By Jesus Diaz, MD

February 22nd, 2024

Dr. Diaz Vera, Infectious Diseases Fellow at the University of South Florida Division of Infectious Diseases, presents a companion lecture to his original talk on bacteriophage therapy. Because of the rising tide of antimicrobial resistance, many experts believe that we are entering the post-antibiotic era in medicine. As a result, researchers are exploring phage-antimicrobial synergy in an attempt to make our antibiotic armamentarium go farther. Dr. Diaz elaborates on the application of phage-antimicrobial synergy and provides examples of phage therapy utilized in the clinical setting.

For Dr. Diaz’s original talk, please click here: Intro to Bacteriophage therapy

Infections of the Eye, Part II

By John Toney, MD, FIDSA

February 12th, 2024

In the second of his two part series, Dr. John Toney reviews additional infectious syndromes involving the eye. For Part 2, Dr. Toney begins by discussing uveitis, and then covers preseptal and postseptal orbital cellulitis. Next he shares information on endogenous endophthalmitis and dacrocystitis. Finally, in a lightning round, trachoma, Parinaud’s oculoglandular syndrome, and Herpes Zoster ophthalmicus are presented. For Part I of this talk, please see the previous week’s posted presentation.

Infections of the Eye, Part I

By John Toney, MD, FIDSA

February 2nd, 2024

In a two part series, Dr. John Toney, Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida Division of Infectious Diseases, reviews various infectious syndromes involving the eye. For Part One, Dr. Toney initially reviews the anatomy of the eye. Next, he reviews blepharitis, conjunctivitis, and diseases of the cornea. Dr. Toney concludes the lecture by discussing microbial keratitis, HSV keratitis, and acanthamoeba keratitis. For part II, please refer to the upcoming presentation posting next week.

Mold Pneumonias in Oncology Patients

By Guy Handley, MD

January 26th, 2024

Dr. Guy Handley, Assistant Professor at the USF Morsani Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, presents a talk on Fungal pneumonias in immunocompromised patients. Dr. Handley begins by discussing the differential diagnosis of pneumonia, and then an overview of the most common types of mold pneumonias by pathogen. He then shares a case presentation of a mold pneumonia and discusses options in a question and answer format utilizing PollEv. Next, Dr. Handley focuses on Aspergillosis , then Zygomycosis, and compares and contrasts the two. Diagnostic and treatment options are explored for the invasive molds. Lastly, future directions in mold therapy are mentioned, including Fosmanogepix, ibrexafungerp, Rezafungin, and others.

Nocardia and Actinomycosis

By Richard L. Oehler, MD

January 19th, 2024

Dr. Richard Oehler, Professor of Medicine at the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, Morsani College of Medicine at USF, presents this overview of Nocardia and Actinomyces, two closely-related gram positive filamentous rods which have distinct differences. In his presentation, Dr. Oehler initially covers Nocardiosis, followed by Actinomycosis, and compares and contrasts both and how they produce human infection. Topics covered for both infections include their taxonomy, epidemiology, types of patients infected, infectious syndromes, potential complications, recommended therapies, and duration of treatment. At the end of the talk both Nocardiosis and Actinomycosis are directly compared to help summarize the important learning points presented.

Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial Infections, Part 1

By Anthony Cannella, MD

January 12th, 2024

Dr. Anthony Cannella, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida Division of Infectious Diseases, presents this update on nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections. Dr. Cannella begins by discussing the taxonomy of nontuberculous mycobacteria. Next, he reviews epidemiology including the common methods of transmission of the infection. He then describes the immunological factors that confer increased susceptibility for certain individuals. Laboratory growth characteristics are also reviewed. Dr. Cannella then reviews the most significant species of NTM producing disease in humans. He begins by describing Mycobacterium avium complex, and then discusses M. kansasii, M. xenopii, M. haemophilum, S. szulgai, and M. marinum. Clinical cases are presented throughout the talk to help with information retention and provide specific clinical examples.

Surgical Prophylaxis

By Shuchi Pandya, MD

January 8th, 2024

Dr. Shuchi Pandya, infectious diseases clinician with the ID Associates of Tampa Bay, presents an update in the use of antimicrobials for surgical prophylaxis. Dr Pandyla begins by clarifying the definition of a surgical site infection. She then differentiates the categories of surgical procedures in terms of clean, clean contaminated, contaminated, and dirty procedures and their typical microbial characteristics. She then discusses other aspects of antimicrobial prophylaxis, including timing, duration, and surgery-specific variations. Specific recommendations for GI Surgery, OB-Gyn, orthopedic, breast, and spinal surgery are also discussed in a fast paced presentation.