About the program 

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an innovative two-year program that prepares individuals to be effective consultants in infectious diseases, and provides them with the fundamental training for a career in academic infectious diseases. Second year fellows have the opportunity to enter the Master of Public Health Program through the College of Public Health. There are also options available for training as a medical scientist.

Individuals train at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's extensive primary and tertiary care facilities for a full range of patient care activities, and in the division's dedicated clinical research programs of consults, mentor and translational laboratories for research endeavors. This environment, together with a mix of consults, mentor relationships, outpatient opportunities and meetings and conferences, offers a truly dynamic, comprehensive and exciting learning environment.

Fellowship Elements

Elements of the fellowship are composed of multiple formal parts:
  • Inpatient consult service activity
  • Outpatient clinic experience (continuity and hepatitis C clinics)
  • Clinical microbiology service
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
  • Columbus Public Health Service
  • Didactic and interactive educational sessions
  • Research and scholarly activity

Inpatient Services Structure

Team 1: General medicine services – all medical consults in the Ross Heart Hospital and Harding Hospital
Team 2: Surgical services including OHS, TSurg, PVS, Ophtho, OB/GYN, Urology, Orthopedics, Burn, Plastics, Neuro, SICU and MICU, Dodd Hall Rehab Hospital
Team 3: Transplant services including bone marrow, solid organ, pre-transplant and LVAD
Team 4: James Cancer Hospital (non-transplant, immunocompromised)
Team 5: OSU East (all services and all floors including Select Specialty Hospital)

Weekly Didactic and Educational Sessions

Tuesday Conference: Every Tuesday from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (except for a fifth Tuesday). A combination of topics are reviewed including HIV, research, infectious diseases board review and viral hepatitis. 

Clinical Case Conference
: Every Wednesday from 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. (except for a fifth Wednesday). Presentation of two "unknown" clinical cases by the infectious disease fellows and once a month by rotating internal medicine residents.

Journal Club
: Second and fourth Fridays from 8 a.m. - 9 a.m. Critical review of two infectious disease papers in the literature. Presented jointly by one infectious disease fellow and one infectious disease faculty.

Micro Rounds: First, third and fifth Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. at OSU East.

Research Opportunities

Investigators in the Division of Infectious Diseases are poised to advance our current clinical knowledge and translational basic research in infectious diseases. Division faculty are already on the front lines of major research.

National HIV/AIDS experts head the division's AIDS Clinical Trials Unit (ACTU), an NIH-funded research site that continues to augment the medical community's knowledge about new treatment for persons with HIV/AIDS. Investigators in pharmaceutical studies are pursuing "medicines of the future" that will aid in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. Working closely with joint faculty members in the Department of Microbial Infections and Immunity, the division collaborates on projects of microbial pathogenesis research.

Lead Investigators by Research Topics

Many of our studies are aimed at integrating clinical medicine and basic science. The following are among some of the division's major efforts and their lead investigators:
  • AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and Clinical Studies in HIV/AIDS – Susan L. Koletar, MD, Michael Para, MD
  • HIV, Mother to Child Transmission – Jesse Kwiek, PhD
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections – Abigail Norris Turner, PhD, Jose Bazan, DO
  • Clinical Epidemiology, Infection Control – Julie E. Mangino, MD
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship and Resistance – Kurt B. Stevenson, MD, MPH
  • Local and International Tuberculosis – Shu Hua Wang, MD, MPH, TM
  • Leishmania and Trypanosome Pathogenesis – Bradford S. McGwire, MD, PhD
  • Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Bacillus – Jordi B. Torelles, PhD
  • Infections in Transplant Recipients – Stephanie Pouch, MD, MS, Nicole Theodoropoulos, MD, MS
  • Immune System and Aging – Joanne Turner, PhD
  • Mycobacterial Pathogenesis – Larry S. Schlesinger, MD

Application Process

We participate in the NRMP. Match day is the first Wednesday in December. We sponsor J-1 and H1-B visas. Applications accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS), within the AAMC.

Application dates
  • Application opens: July 1
  • Applications deadline: September 30
  • Interview period: August 1- October 31
Apply must include:

  • Complete application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A statement of the applicant's longterm career goals and field of interest
  • Certified copies of applicant's USMLE (including steps one, two and three) OR NBOME (including steps one, two and three)
  • Notarized copies of applicant's transcripts
  • Copies of ECFMG scores for steps one, two and three (if applicable)
  • A recent photograph of applicant must accompany application or be provided at time of interview

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Infectious Diseases Fellows

Infectious Diseases Fellows

Jessica Barrett, DO Second year fellow, chief fellow

Dr. Barrett was born in Sidney, OH. She graduated from Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, in 2013. She completed her internal medicine residency at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus, OH, in June 2016. She received her BA in microbiology and molecular biology from Miami University, Oxford, OH.

Sisham Ingnam, MBBS Second year fellow

Dr. Ingnam was born in Damak, Nepal. He graduated with is MBBS from Kathmandu University School of Medical Services Nepal in 2008. He completed his internal medicine residency at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, OH, in June 2016. Dr. Ingnam is interested in reading, trekking and photography.

Khadieja Khalid, MBBCH Second year fellow

Dr. Khalid was born in Brooklyn, NY. She graduated with her MBBCH from Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland - Medical University of Bahrain in 2012. She completed her internal medicine residency at University Hospital - Case Medical Center in Cleveland, OH in June 2016. Dr. Khalid was married in December 2016.

Ashley Buffomante, MD First year fellow

Dr. Buffomante was born in Buffalo, NY.  She graduated from The Ohio State University College of Medicine with her MD degree in 2013.  She continued in Internal Medicine Residency at OSU and was the Chief Resident in 2016.  She is an AOA member and enjoys cycling, reading, and travel.

Griffen Taylor George, MBBS First year fellow

Dr. George was born in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.  He graduated from the University of Queensland School of Medicine in Australia in 2014.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Miami/JFK Medical Center Palm Beach Regional GME Consortium in Atlantis, Florida.  He enjoys travel, hiking, hockey, trivia and baseball.

Philip Goldstein, MD First year fellow

Dr. Goldstein was born in Baltimore, MD.  He graduated from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences in Israel in 2014 with his MD degree.  He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati in 2016.
Past Fellows

Past Fellows

2017 - 2019

Andrew Alexander, MD
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH

Indu Chalana, MBBS
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017
Community Hospital/Community Care Network Inc., East
Chicago, IL

Matthew Bauer, DO
7/1/2015 - 6/30/2017
Middletown Infectious Disease Associates
Middletown, OH

2014 - 2016

Kokila Nagendran, MBBS
7/1/2014 - 6/30/2016
Methodist Infectious Diseases Clinic
Indianapolis, IN

Cory Hussain, MD
7/1/2014 - 6/30/2016
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, OH 

Patricia Salvador, MD
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2015
Allegheny Health Network
Erie, PA

Ali Anwar, MBBS, MPH
7/1/2013 - 6/30/2015
Infectious Disease Doctors of Dallas
Dallas, TX

Vidhya Chandrasekaran, MD
7/2012 - 6/30/2014
Clinical Instructor, Division of Infectious Diseases

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

2012 - 2013

Robert Leininger, MD
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2013
Clinicians in Infectious Diseases, Inc.
Canton, OH

Amber Vasquz, MD, MPH
7/1/2011 - 6/30/2013
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Epidemic Intelligence Service
Atlanta, GA

Foad Abandeh, MBBS
7/1/2010 - 6/30/2012
Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
Nassawadox, VA

Julian J. Goodman, MD
7/1/2010 - 6/30/2012
Infectious Diseases Consultants, Inc.
Columbus, OH

Satish K. Sarvepalli, MBBS, MPH
8/1/2010 - 7/31/2012
S. Dayton Acute Care Consultants
Dayton, OH

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