Thursday, August 16, 2018

Visita al Hospital Rawson, Córdoba, Argentina

Gracias a la Dra. Miriam Maldonado y al Dr. Sergion Arselán por una visita memorable al Hospital Rawson de Córdoba, Argentina.

Fue tanto un placer como un honor visitar al hospital y dar dos seminarios a los estudiantes de medicina cursando infectología. 

Una experiencia única.

Images below are from my visit to the Rawson Hospital, Córdoba, Argentina, where I was the guest of Drs. Miriam Maldonado and Sergio Arselán. I also had the pleasure of giving two lectures on infection prevention to the medical students in the infectious diseases course.  


Con Dra. Miriam Maldonoado y Dr. Sergio Arselán

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

VCU Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Receives IDSA Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence Designation

Congratulations to Dr. Mike Stevens and the rest of the VCU Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) team! 

The VCU ASP Team was just recognized as one of the 25 Antimicrobial Stewardship Centers of Excellence by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). 

The IDSA announcement can be accessed here.

Thank you VCU ASP team, you make the Hospital Infection Prevention Program very proud!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Día de Invierno Soñado / Wonderful Winter Day: Córdoba, Argentina

Fue un día idóneo para deambular por el centro de Córdoba, sin destino, sacando fotos, tomando cafe, visitando museos y comprando libros.

It was a perfect day to wander through the city center of Córdoba, with no specific destination in mind, to drink coffee, visit museums and buy books.

Museo Caraffa

Palacio Ferreyra

Palacio Ferreyra

Palacio Ferreyra

Palacio Ferreyra

Palacio Ferreyra

Palacio Ferreyra

Paisaje urbano / Cityscape

Paseo del Buen Pastor

Paseo del Buen Pastor

Paseo del Buen Pastor


Confitería El Ruedo

Catedral de Córdoba

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Tercer Día: Congreso Jornadas Infectológicos de Invierno, Córdoba, Argentina

Gracias a todos por una conferencia de altísimo nivel. Fue tanto un gusto como un honor compartir estas jornadas con los infectólogos destacados de Córdoba.

Mis dos charlas de hoy fueron muy bien atendidas y recibidas con una interacción dinámica.

Espero volver a participar en el congreso de 2019.

Vista panorámica desde el centro de convenciones, Hotel Sheraton, Córdoba, Argentina

Centro, Córdoba, Argentina

Auditorio, Congreso Jornadas Infectológicos de Invierno, Córdoba, Argentina 2018

Friday, August 10, 2018

Segundo Día: Congreso Jornadas Infectológicos de Invierno, Córdoba, Argentina

Gracias a los organizadores por un día completo y exitoso en el Congreso Jornadas Infectológicos de Invierno, Córdoba, Argentina.

Las presentaciones por mis colegas fueron de altísimo nivel. Muy dinámicas e informativas.

Me quedan dos charlas para mañana, el ultimo día del congreso.

Sigo entusiasmado.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Primer Día: Congreso Jornadas Infectológicos de Invierno, Córdoba, Argentina

Primer día del congreso Jornadas Infectológicos de Invierno, Córdoba, Argentina.

Los seminarios han sido de muy alto nivel.

Mañana tengo mi primer discurso: Infecciones Intrahospitalarias- Cuanto se pueden prevenir y cuanto debemos tratar?


Monday, August 6, 2018

Argentina Bound: IX Jornadas Infectológicas de Invierno, Córdoba, August 9-11, 2018

For those in the Southern Hemisphere, I will be giving three lecture (in Spanish) at the
IX Jornadas Infectológicas de Invierno- August 9-11, 2018.

Program website can be found here:

Looking forward to being back in my native country and home town.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

2nd Annual Oneida High School Alumni Soccer Classic: Football and Lifelong Friendships

August 4, 2018: 2nd Annual OHS Alumni Soccer Classic- Blue vs. Orange

This one is in the name of football and lifelong friendships.

Thank you players, parents and loved ones for the excellent turnout at the 2nd Annual Oneida High School (OHS) Alumni Soccer Classic! Under a beautiful sunny day, the OHS Orange Alumni edged out the Blues 5-4 in a thriller.

Wonderful to see so many familiar faces and to stroll down memory lane. Lifelong friendships on and off the field. That's what it's all about.

The OHS Alumni Soccer Classic will be back in 2019.

Stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Pandemic: Richmond - Facebook Live Chat and Images from the Valentine Museum Exhibit

Click here to view today's VCU Health Facebook Live chat on Pandemic: Richmond. The Valentine Museum's exhibition on infectious diseases outbreaks in Richmond, Virginia.

Images from the museum are below.

VCU's Dr. Sara Monroe on hr experience treating HIV/AIDS from the onset of the epidemic

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Pandemic Richmond, The Valentine Museum and VCU Health Facebook Live Chat August 1, 2018

The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia has an exhibit titled Pandemic:Richmond. The exhibit explores prior outbreaks, epidemics and pandemics in the local community. 

Tune in tomorrow (August 1st, 2018), 1 PM (EST) for VCU Health Facebook Live Chat on Pandemic: Richmond. I will be one of the live panelists.

Looking forward to it.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Take a Look from the Other Side! Hospital Administration and Infection Prevention

The Executive Conference Room: Safety Starts at the Top
I learn a lot when I collaborate with excellent people on the other side of the administrative fence. The result is always greater than the sum of the individual parts.

Thank you to Rebecca Vokes (MHA) and Professor Gloria Bazzoli of the VCU College of Health Professions - Health Administration.

We just published an invited review on an administrative perspective on infection prevention, management and change.  The paper is accessible here and was published in Current Infectious Diseases Reports.

Bottom line, change must be deliberate and disciplined.  The highest standards of safety start at the top, without executive oversight, support and resources-no infection prevention program will reach it stated goals.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Virtual Congresses! Valuable Yet Not Quite the Real Thing

Earlier this week I had the honor to participate (2nd year) in the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Planning Committee for SHEA Spring 2019.

This paper, not surprisingly published in the Journal the American Medical Informatics Association, explores for the benefits of virtual congresses as supplements to traditional in-person scientific meetings.  The authors argue that virtual conferences are most appropriate for CME activities and courses.

Nothing supplants an in-person scientific meeting. It is through face-to-face discussion and debate where assumptions are best challenged and new findings are disseminated.  

More importantly, scientific meetings are where I go for inspiration from colleagues.  This is not easily accomplished online.

SHEA 2019 will live and in person. 

I hope that you will be there.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Definition of Health?Not Sure But Don't Ask the World Health Organization!

Health, as defined by World Health Organization (WHO), it is a "State of complete physical, mental, and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

I reflect on the above as I sit in clinic waiting for the day to begin.

It seems like I am getting more referrals for chronic fatigue, 'chronic Lyme disease' and 'chronic rocky mountain spotted fever'. Many people simply suffer from common symptoms that are not easily explained, which can be a major barrier for physicians, as explored here.

Health may not be easily defined, however, I know that it is not as characterized by the WHO.

With the above definition, virtually none of us are healthy.