• Infectious Diseases and Prevention

    Welcome to the Center for Infectious Diseases and Prevention 

    Who We Are

    The Center for Infectious Diseases and Prevention at Lahey Clinic provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of patients with infectious diseases, both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our staff is committed to patient care and education. Our goal is to provide the highest level of clinical care, with an emphasis on preventing disease before it occurs through the appropriate use of antibiotics and vaccines.

    Clinical Expertise

    Donald E. Craven, MD, chair of the Department of Infectious Diseases, speaks with a patient during a clinical consultationOur team of Lahey physicians and nurses has broad expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases due to bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites and works in concert with full-service laboratories specializing in microbiology, immunology, and parasitology. Our staff is also extensively trained in the identification and management of the agents of bioterrorism and the prevention and treatment of hospital-acquired infections. Additionally, members of the department specialize in treating infections related to immunosuppressive therapy and those with solid organ transplants.

    Our Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic provides vaccines and medications to prevent and treat common travel-related infections (e.g., malaria or traveler's diarrhea) and more unusual diseases acquired abroad (e.g., Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), dengue fever, and leprosy).

    Many of the patients we treat have illnesses such as bone and joint or soft tissue infections, urinary tract infections, meningitis and pneumonia. Our staff also has a strong clinical interest in patients with fever of unknown origin, pulmonary or extrapulmonary tuberculosis, hepatitis, AIDS/HIV, Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

    Ongoing Research

    We are currently involved in research studies evaluating antibiotic-resistant bacteria and new methods of prevention and management of infectious diseases in critical care units and for patients with post-operative infections.

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