Fellowship Program | Infectious Diseases

ID Fellow and Attending in conference room.

The Division of Infectious Diseases offers a highly competitive fellowship training program centered at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) and the Portland Veterans Hospital (PDX VA) with a successful track record placing trainees on academic, public health and private practice career paths. We currently offer 3 positions through the NRMP match. Our clinical experience is broad and robust, balancing complex patient care across diverse in- and outpatient settings with daily instruction and supervision by our teaching faculty. Specific areas of unique distinction in our training program and division are listed below.

  • Transplant Infectious Diseases: OHSU has active stem cell and solid organ transplant programs (liver, kidney, pancreas, heart) and the Portland VA is a regional transplant center for livers and kidneys. Our Division faculty includes 4 ID physicians with expertise in Transplant ID who staff a dedicated Transplant ID clinical service. These faculty have roles in Transplant ID on a national level, staff fellows on the Transplant ID consult service, and mentor fellows in Transplant ID scholarly work. 
  • Mycobacterial diseases: OHSU is a regional referral center for mycobacterial diseases. We have a cadre of ID physicians who are national leaders in non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) diseases. These faculty staff and supervise fellows at the NTM outpatient clinic and mentor fellows in NTM scholarly work. OHSU’s mycobacterial group also collaborates with county health departments to manage most of the active tuberculosis (TB) cases in the Tri-County area and provides expert TB consultation to Oregon’s TB program.
  • Medical Education: Fellows with interest in Medical Education have rich and varied opportunities for mentorship and experience. Many of our ID Division faculty are leaders in medical education, on local and national levels, who are sought after teachers in regional and national educational conferences.  In addition to serving as course directors for undergraduate and graduate medical education at OHSU, they are thought leaders in the field and hold prominent “Med Ed” leadership roles in National ID societies.
  • ID/Substance Use Disorder (SUD): The intersection of SUD and ID is a critically important focus area in addressing the opioid epidemic. The OHSU ID Division has robust clinical, educational, and scholarly activities in this field. Our collaboration with OHSU’s inpatient Addiction Medicine program (IMPACT - Improving Addiction Care Team), a unique and nationally recognized SUD intervention and treatment program, has led to a novel and nationally presented multidisciplinary conference care model (OPTIONS-DC) which seeks to improve the care of individuals hospitalized with severe bacterial infections as complication of their substance use disorder. Similar collaborations have been established with OHSU outpatient Addiction Medicine programs.  
  • Outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT): OHSU has a fully supported outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) team, staffed by an ID medical director, 3 full-time RNs and an ID pharmacist. All patients discharged from OHSU Hospital on IV antibiotics are followed by the OPAT team, providing a consistent and safe discharge support structure for these vulnerable patients. Our OPAT team provides clinical support and educational training. Additionally, this clinical program provides a structure for retrospective and prospective clinical research.
  • Public Health: OHSU ID Division faculty have a tradition of active, productive collaboration with the Acute and Communicate Disease Public Health Division at the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), an Emerging Infections Program (EIP) network site. Multiple successful grants and epidemiologic publications have resulted from these partnerships. Multiple prior fellows have found outstanding mentorship with the OHA, launching successful careers in public health.

Contact information

For questions regarding the OHSU Infectious Diseases Fellowship, please contact:

Fellowship Coordinator: 503 494-7735, Email inquiries may be sent to Emily Kissane.

Oregon Health & Science University 
Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program 
Attn: Emily Kissane 
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd, Mail Code L-457 
Portland, OR 97239 
tel: 503 494-7735 | fax: 503 494-4264