Division of Infectious Diseases

Division Head: Marcus Zervos, M.D.

The Division of Infectious Diseases, founded in 1947, remains among the busiest Infectious Diseases groups in Michigan, caring for thousands of patients annually. Our group specializes in antibiotic-resistant infections, transplant-associated infection, HIV/AIDS, as well as infection prevention and epidemiology. The Division has a long history of bench to bedside research and a strong clinical-research fellowship program.

Clinical Highlights: We offer specialty clinics for HIV/AIDS, transplant infections, and parenteral antibiotics as well as general infectious disease clinics. At Henry Ford Hospital we have a dedicated infectious disease inpatient unit with negative pressure rooms for isolation, and our consult teams round on transplant patients and other patients with infections. We also provide a consult service at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Research: Our staff conducts basic, translational, and clinical research with a strong focus on HIV/AIDS, fungal infections, pathogenesis of wound infections, characterization of biofilms, transplant infectious disease, antimicrobial resistance, and nosocomial and community-acquired infections.

Education: Trainees in our 2-year Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program benefit from the depth and range of our specialists’ expertise. We were among the first groups to identify MRSA outbreaks in the 1980s and oversee surveillance and infection control at four hospitals. Our HIV/AIDS group follows more than 1,200 patients, and our transplant patient experience is large with the multi-organ Transplant Institute based at Ford Hospital. Experience with high-level immunosuppression is broadened with training exposure to rheumatologic and malignant disorders and travel-related infectious agents.

Global Health Initiative: Our global health initiative brings together leading experts from around the world to works with grassroots practitioners at locations in India, Haiti, and Peru. This gives us international knowledge and the benefit of global innovation combined with specialized insight. We also have a special program for Detroit.