Division of Infectious Diseases

Bacteria

The Division of Infectious Diseases is part of the Department of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.  We are a group of academic physicians, allied health professionals and nurse practitioners specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and related disorders.

We also offer a fellowship training program to those seeking a career in Infectious Diseases with two pathways: basic laboratory research and clinical investigation.

ID Faculty Spotlight

Jina Makadia, MD

Jina Makadia, MD

Tell us a little about your time at OHSU and your interests in ID?

I have been at OHSU for 4 years and it has been one of best experiences I have had.  I joined OHSU after my fellowship and am very appreciative of the opportunity.  I am interested in education and my predominant clinical work including in-patient and out-patient has given me the opportunity to teach the future doctors.  My passion for making a difference in my patients’ lives makes me a strong clinician and a great motivation to going an extra mile for them.  My patients are my driving force.

What are you currently working on?

I see patients both in the in-patient and the out-patient setting at OHSU and also do in-patient consults at the Portland VA.  I work with the Out-patient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) team at the Division of Infectious Diseases as the Associate director.  I am interested in management of various infectious diseases and currently work with the Podiatry surgeon at OHSU for antibiotic and surgical management of diabetic foot ulcers as an attempt for limb saving.  More recently, as more information has come about the prolonged symptoms of COVID-19 infection, I am interested in helping patients with "Long COVID.”

What about outside of work?

Outside of work, my time is spent being a mother.  I have a toddler who is the gem of my life.  Having her has given my life a new meaning.  I could go on about my daughter but to keep it short - my world outside work revolves around her – literally.  Cooking is a hobby I always practiced and trying out new recipes from different cuisines works very well as a stress buster while giving me some “me time” and along with the satisfaction of seeing my loving husband and daughter enjoy my cooking.

What do you like about living in Portland?

Being born and brought up in Kenya, I was always surrounded by greenery and the beauty of nature - Portland and its surrounding has a lot of that to offer.  The lovely parks and the seaside works its own magic.  As much as I enjoy cooking – I like trying out new cuisines at restaurants. Portland has a lot to offer a foody person like me.

Services

The Division of Infectious Diseases clinic offers these services and more to those referred by a health care professional:

  • Consultation and treatment for adults with infectious diseases
  • Consultation and treatment for transplant recipients and other immunocompromised hosts with infection
  • Consultation and treatment of orthopedic and neurosurgery infections in multidisciplinary surgical-ID clinics
  • Management of patients on home IV antibiotics with orthopedic and neurosurgery infections

A message from the Division

We in the Division of Infectious Diseases are committed to taking concrete steps to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are saddened, horrified, angered, and galvanized by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among the countless others driven by racism. These, along with the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black, Indigenous, Latino/LatinX, and other people of color, have compelled us to heighten our focus on structural racism, disparities, and inequities, and their relation to our clinical, research, and educational missions. We acknowledge the systemic failures that have brought us to this point and that it is our responsibility to develop and implement long-overdue measures aimed at correcting those failures. 

As a Division, we stand against racism in any form and we stand with those in our community who have suffered the effects of marginalization and discrimination. With intention, we will work to ensure that our clinical, educational, and research activities reflect the values of diversity, inclusion, and equity we espouse. We pledge to do our fullest in support of OHSU’s goal of combatting structural racism and becoming an anti-racist institution (OHSU standing up against structural racism). We support the response to the death of George Floyd from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the HIV Medical Association (HIVMA) (IDSA/HIVMA statement) that structural changes, including within the healthcare system, are urgently needed to eliminate racism and health disparities.

Over the coming months, we will develop and share our specific plans to those ends. Through this work, we will add our voice to the larger effort of moving towards a more equitable and just society.