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Infectious Diseases


Assistant Professor of Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine


HIV: The Current State of the Epidemic and Projections into the Future
HIV Treatment Adherence and Support
HIV Treatment Update
HIV Prevention and Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis
HIV Screening and Testing in Healthcare Settings
Tobacco Use and Smoking Cessation
Anal Cancer Prevention in MSMS

Biography: Dr. Sowah received his medical education at the University of Ghana Medical School in Accra Ghana. As a student he was usually seen with like-minded individuals volunteering his time taking care of the under-served. He left Ghana in 2001 to study public health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he completed the MPH degree. After his MPH Degree he had the opportunity of doing his residency in internal medicine at the Cook County Hospital in Chicago, IL. In Cook County, Leonard learned and experienced the rudiments of providing quality health care to a largely uninsured and under-insured population. This experience sparked in him a fire that drove him to take an interest in Health Care Policy.Dr. Sowah is an active member of the American College of Physicians and is very active in efforts by the College to advocate for legislation to improve the health care environment to the benefit of physicians and their patients. He is currently a member of the Baltimore HIV Planning Council, where he provides valuable assistance in deciding how Ryan White Dollars are applied to help control the HIV epidemic in Baltimore. Dr. Sowah believes equity is an indispensible ingredient in providing quality health care and as a clinical preceptor works passionately to instill that belief in all his students. He was recently recognized by his students when he received the Alpha Omega Alpha, Volunteer Faculty Award. Dr. Sowahs research interest is in the influence of social and cultural environments on health outcomes. He is currently working to initiate a anal cancer screening program for HIV positive patients within the UMMS clinics. Dr. Sowah has presented his work at various national and international meetings.
State: md

Medical Director, Epidemiology & Infection Control Department
Rhode Island Hospital
Professor of Medicine
Alpert Medical School of Brown University


Influenza Pandemic
Catheter-Related Infections Based on National Guidelines

Biography: Leonard A. Mermel, D.O., Sc.M., AM (Hon), FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA is Professor of Medicine, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Medical Director, Dept. of Epidemiology & Infection Control, Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Mermel was a Technical Expert Panel Member of the Medicare Patient Safety Monitoring System, US Dept. of Health and Human Services. He was the 2005 President of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA). He is a past recipient of the Ralph A. Kinsella, Sr. Memorial Tribute Award from St. Louis University Hospitals for outstanding qualities of work, leadership, and ability as a house staff officer, the SHEA Young Investigator Award, and the Brown Medical School Department of Medicine Chairmans Award for Outstanding Teaching. Dr. Mermel is also an elected member of Delta Omega, the Honorary Public Health Society. He has been repeatedly selected by his peers to be included as one of The Best of Rhode Island – Infectious Diseases Physician, Castle Connolly Top Doctors, Consumers Checkbooks Top Doctors, US News & World Report Top Doctors, The Best Doctors in America, Americas Top Doctors, Guide to Americas Top Physicians, The Leading Physicians of the World, Whos Who in America and Whos Who in Science & Engineering. Dr. Mermel has co-authored US guidelines dealing with prevention and management of intravascular catheter infections and he has authored or co-authored over 250 articles, textbook chapters, and abstracts dealing with infection control and infectious diseases. He is Co-Course Director of the ESCMID-SHEA Training Course in Hospital Epidemiology and the Annual Fellows Course in Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Control at Johns Hopkins. He has lectured at the National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine, NASA Johnson Space Center, and internationally on infectious disease issues. His research interest is the prevention of healthcare-associated infections.
State: RI

Director, Internal Medicine Residency Program
Professor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine


Fungal Infections

State: IN

Director, Center for Pulmonary and Infectious Disease Control
Margaret E. Byers Cain Chair for Tuberculosis Research
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler


Tuberculosis: Diagnosis, Treatment and Use of New Diagnostic Test
Use of Interferon-Gamma Release Assays for Diagnosis of Latent and Active Tuberculosis
Immune Response to Tuberculosis

State: TX

Head, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
City of Hope National Medical Center


Management of Neutropenic Fever
Antimicrobial Stewardship
Management of Fungal Infections in Immune-compromised host (NON-HIV)
Antifungal Prophylaxis in Patients with Hematologic Malignancy
RSV Infections in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients
Management of Cytomegalovirus Infections in Stem Cell Transplant Recipient
Aspergillosis: Risk Factors and Management
Management of Infections in Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients
Community Respiratory Viral Infections in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

State: CA