Program Director's Welcome
Program Director's Welcome
Welcome to the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program website. Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is the premier academic provider of health care in New Jersey and leader in infectious diseases research. We are exceptionally proud of the quality of our fellowship program and the success of our graduates.
With immediate proximity to Newark Liberty, one of New York/New Jersey metropolitan area's busiest airports for international travel, our program offers a unique, well rounded infectious diseases training experience, encompassing not only bread and butter infectious disease cases such as endocarditis, bone and joint infections, and complicated soft tissue infections but also providing our fellows the opportunity to manage tropical and developing world diseases in an incredibly diverse patient population.
Our liver transplant program offers fellows the opportunity to provide pre and post-transplant ID care for this vulnerable population. The high prevalence of HIV and HCV in Newark permits fellows to become highly proficient in both treatment and prevention of both disease states.
The opioid crisis has greatly impacted New Jersey and Newark continues to be at the forefront of the epidemic. Fellows will frequently take care of patients with infectious disease complications of their drug use. Many of our faculty are buprenorphine-waivered prescribers and are affiliated with Department of Psychiatry’s Northern New Jersey Medication-Assisted Treatment Center of Excellence. Opportunities for training in multidisciplinary approaches to addiction and infectious diseases are available.
Our faculty, across the three campuses, are integrally involved with fellow education from bedside teaching to case conferences and didactic sessions to mentoring of research projects and scholarly activities. The fellow-faculty ratio is very small, and fellows enjoy a close working relationship with faculty members who are nationally renowned in their fields of expertise.
Along with educational opportunities for professional growth, our fellows consistently improve their teaching skills, working alongside Rutgers University’s New Jersey Medical School students and residents who are some of the brightest medical trainees in the country.
Please review our updated website for more details about our fellowship program and the application process. I look forward to meeting you and sharing the many strengths of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and our fellowship program.
Diana Finkel, DO
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
Dr. Finkel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine and Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship Program at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. She received her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences-College Osteopathic Medicine and completed her Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Disease Fellowship at Seton Hall University/ St. Michaels Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Dr. Finkel has been a Faculty member at the New Jersey Medical School since 2018. She has been a community provider for over 16 years and has been actively involved in patient care, medical education and clinical research. She is passionately committed to improving health disparities in marginalized populations and has coordinated community care for diverse populations at risk, including immigration detainees, LGBQT marginally housed youth and persons who use drugs. She has served as a Principal and co-investigator in the Rutgers NIH sponsored HIV Clinical Trials Unit in both treatment and prevention trials. Her clinical and research interests include HIV infection, transgender community health, telemedicine and the intersection of addiction and infectious diseases.