Friday, November 28, 2014

Vazquez named new Chief of Infectious Diseases

Vasquez, Jose Dr.Dr. Jose A. Vazquez, Director of the Microbiology and Infectious Disease Translational Research Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine, has been named Chief of the Section of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University.

Dr. Vazquez, an expert in systemic fungal infections and bacterial infections, joins the MCG faculty Aug. 1.

He currently serves as Protocol Chair of the Fungal Resistance Protocol Team of the Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Division of AIDS. Vazquez is a member of the Food and Drug Administration Anti-infective Drugs Advisory Committee and a member of the Mycosis Study Group.  He is also a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America/MSG Committee developing International guidelines on diagnosing and managing candidal infections.  He has served as a Scientific Advisory Board Member for the Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS in Detroit for over 15 years.

He researches the molecular epidemiology of fungal infections, mechanisms of antifungal resistance, antifungal susceptibility and the characterization of polymicrobial biofilms in infectious diseases. His clinical research includes the epidemiology and management of mucosal and systemic fungal infections –  specifically oropharyngeal candidiasis and oral disease in HIV-positive patients. He has participated in over 70 clinical trials evaluating new antimicrobials, antivirals and antifungals in infections such as candidemia, aspergillosis and complicated urinary tract and intra-abdominal infections.

Vazquez  received the 2011 American Society for Microbiology -Pan American Health Organization Infectious Diseases Epidemiology and Surveillance Professorship.  He is on the editorial board of HIV Clinical Trials Journal, World Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases and Clinical Practice.

He replaces Dr. J. Peter Rissing, Section Chief for more than 30 years, who will continue as hospital epidemiologist for Georgia Regents Medical Center and oversee the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program at MCG and GR Medical Center. The program ensures that uninsured patients get medication and other treatment needed and that an outreach team provides ongoing rapid testing, education and treatment referral in the community. Rissing is principal investigator on the $3.4 million, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supporting the initiatives.

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