The Program trains four graduates of A.B.I.M. accredited medical residency programs. There are two trainees at each PGY4 and PGY5 levels.
The Division of Infectious Diseases at New York Hospital Queens is an endowed division in the name of Dr. James J. Rahal, Jr. (1933-2011), a renowned clinician and researcher best known for his early work on Staphylococcus aureus pathogenicity and later for his work on mechanisms of resistance of multidrug-resistant Klebsiella, Acinetobacter, and novel therapeutic approaches. In addition, he is also known for his work on West Nile Virus treatment.
The Dr. James J. Rahal, Jr. Division of Infectious Diseases is the full-time clinical consultative service at New York Hospital Queens dedicated to training Infectious Diseases residents, performing cutting edge research in conjunction with the Dr. James J. Rahal, Jr. Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory, and providing outpatient infectious diseases care in the New York Hospital Medical/Surgical PC, as well as outpatient HIV care in the Special Care Clinic, a New York State AIDS Designated Center.
The Division divides its activities into: Education, Patient Care, Research, QA/PI, and Infectious Diseases training.
Educational activities delivered by all Infectious Diseases faculty members and residents include extensive attending and Infectious Diseases resident didactic and interactive sessions with all healthcare workers at New York Hospital Queens in the form of housestaff conferences, Medical Grand Rounds, Journal Clubs, etc. In addition, we provide community education, as well as frequent interactions with print, internet, and live news media as part of local, regional, national and international news.
Patient care is delivered by all Infectious Diseases faculty members and residents and includes inpatient and outpatient consultations in the Infectious Diseases faculty practice (part of New York Hospital Medical/Surgical PC) and New York States AIDS Designated Special Care Center. In addition, we care for patients in our seven-day a week, seven-chair outpatient parenteral antibiotic treatment (OPAT) unit.
Research activities under the direction of Dr. Carl Urban, Ph.D. (Director, Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory) and Dr. Sorana Segal-Maurer include: mechanisms of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, clinical epidemiology of antibiotic resistance, as well as novel approaches to therapies of these. In addition, HIV metabolic research is an area of ongoing interest. Research endeavors have led to a number of landmark publications and national and international recognition for our Infectious Diseases residents and faculty.
The Division engages in numerous QA/PI projects as part of a well-developed, comprehensive Infection Control Program and an established Antibiotic Stewardship Program.
Two-year post-graduate education and training of Infectious Diseases residents occurs as part of ACGME continuously accredited program.
SORANA SEGAL-MAURER, MD, DIRECTOR, THE DR. JAMES J. RAHAL, JR. DIVISION OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Sorana Segal-Maurer, M.D. is Director of the Dr. James J. Rahal, Jr. Division of Infectious Diseases. A graduate of Barnard College and Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine Hospital prior to fellowship in infectious diseases at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein Hospital.
Dr. Segal-Maurer is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University. Her interests include hospital-acquired infections, epidemiology of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, and new treatment strategies of HIV infection.
She coordinates the research program jointly with the Director of Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory and is Program Director for the Infectious Diseases Training Program. In addition, she has clinical responsibilities in the outpatient Special Care Clinic, Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy Unit, and inpatient consultation service.
A diplomate of the American Board of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Segal-Maurer is a widely traveled speaker and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. She serves on editorial boards and as a peer reviewer for infectious diseases.
DR. SEGAL-MAURER’S THOUGHTS ON THE INFECTIOUS DISEASES FELLOWSHIP
“The fellowship serves to promote enthusiasm of learning and scholarship of a life-long career in infectious diseases through a varied inpatient and outpatient clinical experience, coupled with a strong foundation in clinical investigation.”