Graeme Forrest, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases, VAMC
Degrees:M.B.B.S. , University of Adelaide, Australia
Residency:Internal Medicine, Columbus Hospital (Northwestern Affiliated), Chicago. 1995-98 Chief Medical Resident, St Joseph’s Hospital, Chicago, 1999
Fellowship:Infectious Diseases, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 1999-2001
Dr Forrest has a strong interest in antimicrobial stewardship and uses this for cross collaboration with intensive care specialists and hematologists. A lot of the interest is utilizing rapid diagnostics of microbes to minimize antibiotic use and target therapy directly to the organism. This should lead to improved outcomes and reduced costs and resistant organisms.
Dr Forrest provides antibiotic advice for many complicated infections especially in patients with underlying immunodeficiencies and has a special interest in endocaditis.
Dr Forrest specializes in infections in immunocompromised hosts, especially solid organ transplant recipients and patients with stem cell transplants. His work also includes patients with hematologic malignancies and has done this work for many years and has a strong tie with this patient population. As drug resistant bacteria is an ever increasing issue, he works on ensuring appropriate use of antibiotics within the hospital to prevent these infections.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and has taken an interest in long distance running.