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Our Mission

Our mission is to provide the highest quality patient care, to conduct ethical basic and clinical infectious disease research, and to train the next generation of infectious disease clinicians and researchers. We aim to practice medicine in a humanistic and culturally sensitive manner. Our fellows see people from different walks of life and we hope will become sensitive to many of the cultural and economic issues central to the care of our patients.

Our particular areas of expertise are HIV/AIDS, solid organ transplant infections, tuberculosis, orthopedic infections, hepatitis C infection, antimicrobial resistance, emerging pathogens and management of infectious diseases and health disparities in gender and ethnic minorities. Members of our faculty are affiliated with The Center for Emerging Pathogens, the Global Tuberculosis Institute and the Public Health Research Institute which provide additional educational opportunities.


Our fellows rotate through:

University Hospital

University Hospital is one of the nation's leading academic medical centers, and is the Level 1 Trauma Center for Northern New Jersey. Located at University Heights in Newark, University Hospital is a principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and a regional resource for advanced services across many medical specialties.

Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center

Since 1865, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (CBMC) (formerly Saint Barnabas Medical Center), New Jersey’s oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian hospital has worked to exceed the community’s highest expectations for compassionate care, health care excellence and superior service. As New Jersey’s only certified burn center, CBMC draws adult and pediatric patients from all over the state. The Renal and Pancreas Transplant Division is one of the largest kidney transplant programs and the fourth largest living donor program in the United States. The CBMC Heart Centers offer a comprehensive array of cardiac services and procedures including Open Heart Surgery and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements (TAVR). The Cancer Center treats a wide range of cancers and disease sites. In addition, CBMC’s Epilepsy program is designated a level four specialty center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, and its neonatal services have been recognized nationally for quality care.

Jersey City Medical Center

Since 1882, Jersey City Medical Center has provided Hudson County advanced, state-of-the-art medical treatment across a broad spectrum of different disciplines. Located in culturally diverse and dynamic Jersey City, JCMC serves as a regional referral, teaching hospital and provides renowned care for cardiac patients, women and infants, and those in needed of emergency services. JCMC has been designated a leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality by the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) since 2014.

VA Medical Center

The VA Medical Center provides fellows with multiple educational experiences in antibiotic stewardship, infection control, and HCV care.  VA Medical Center specializes in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, General Practice, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Podiatric Medicine and Pulmonary Disease.


General Information

The New Jersey Medical School Infectious Diseases fellowship program was established in 1970. Its greatest strength is the diversity of clinical training and research experiences. Over 90 graduates have completed the program, and have gone on to practice nationally and internationally, including in academic and leadership positions.

Training broadly reflects all aspects of Infectious Diseases including HIV infection, viral hepatitis, infections in transplant and cancer patients, neurological and orthopedic infections, eye infections, and traveler’s infections, as well as microbiology and diagnostic infectious diseases, infection control and antimicrobial stewardship. The clinical experiences at the three participating training sites – University Hospital, Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center, Jersey City Medical Center and the VA Medical Center, are strongly complementary. Fellows have many opportunities to learn, to teach, and to develop leadership skills. The Infectious Diseases conference schedule includes weekly Infectious Diseases Case Conference (Grand Rounds), core curriculum didactic sessions, journal club, and research lectures.

Research activities are offered at each of the clinical training sites. The research component of the program has been further strengthened through recruitment of new faculty and growth of the Ruy V. Lourenco Center for the Study of Emerging and Re-emerging Pathogens and the Public Health Research Institute at the International Center of Public Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, which is located just two blocks from University Hospital.  Outstanding opportunities for fellow training in basic, translational and clinical research are available. All fellows are expected to develop a research project during their fellowship and present their findings at regional and national conferences and to publish in peer-reviewed journals.