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Dr. Richard Zuckerman MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Medicine, came to Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) in 2005 after completing his fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is the Director of the Transplant Infectious Disease Program at D-H, a service that he has developed since his arrival. He has established an active inpatient and outpatient service for infectious disease care of immunocompromised hosts from the hematology and solid organ transplant services. He is involved in teaching and research in both stem cell transplantation and in solid organ transplantation. He has done research evaluating pre-autologous stem cell transplant predictors of immune response to pneumococcal vaccination. In an extension of his fellowship research, Dr. Zuckerman is also involved in international clinical trials of the interactions between HSV and HIV infections. He is also involved in the evaluation of immunologic reconstitution after solid organ transplantation, including evaluating biomarkers to predict optimal immune suppression regimens. Dr. Zuckerman is involved in teaching medical students and actively mentoring multiple fellows and residents in research projects, and is currently director of the ID fellowship program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC).

Dr. Bryan Marsh received his MD from the University of Chicago, and then completed his training with residency and fellowship at DHMC. He joined the faculty of the Section of IDIH in 1996 and is now an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Marsh's main interest is in the care of people living with HIV/AIDS, but his clinical activities also include consultation in general infectious diseases as well as on the transplant consultation service. He is the Medical Director of the HIV Program and the Ryan White Part C Program, the Director of the Comprehensive Antimicrobial Program, and since January 2007 the Acting and then permanent Chief of the Section of IDIH.

Dr. Lisa Adams received her MD at Dartmouth Medical School and has subsequently focused her attention on tuberculosis. She has worked on TB both domestically, including as the Director of Surveillance, TB Control Program, New York City Department of Health, and internationally as the consultant to many organizations and countries. She returned to D-H in 2002 and since 2004 has been an Assistant Professor in the Section of Infectious Disease and International Health, the Director of the Global Health Initiative, the director of the DARDAR Pediatric Program, and on the Faculty of the Dartmouth-BU AIDS International Research and Training Program (Fogarty) in collaboration with Muhimbili University College of Health Sciences. She remains a very active international consultant on TB program development. She is the Associate Dean for Global Health at the Giesel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Antonia Altomare, DO, MPH is an Infectious Disease physician at DHMC and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Dr. Altomare is the Hospital Epidemiologist as well as the Program Director for the Ryan White Part D HIV Program at DHMC. She completed her medical school training at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and residencies in Internal Medicine and Preventive Medicine, as well as a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at DHMC.  Additionally, she has a Masters of Public Health from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Her primary interests are quality improvement within infection control and HIV care, and she treats everything from general infectious diseases to immunocompromised hosts, with an interest in HIV.

Dr. Michael Calderwood is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Associate Chief Quality Officer at DHMC. His academic interests focus on hospital epidemiology, infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, and patient safety.

He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard followed by a MD from the University of Chicago. Dr. Calderwood completed an internal medicine residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, an infectious diseases fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, and a MPH degree program at the Harvard School of Public Health with a focus on Clinical Effectiveness. He started his career on staff at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he directed the hospital’s antimicrobial stewardship program and was a research investigator in the Therapeutic Research and Infectious Disease Epidemiology group in the Harvard Medical School Department of Population Medicine. This research involved collaborations with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Since arriving at D-H in July 2016, he has been involved in quality improvement work related to infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship, including regional efforts to align around best practices. He served as the Regional Hospital Epidemiologist through 2019, when he assumed a new role as Associate Chief Quality Officer. In this new role, he has been engaged in work related to root cause analysis of adverse events and system-level improvements, formulary alignment and medication reconciliation, sepsis identification and bundle compliance, and regulatory readiness. In addition, he continues to serve as the Medical Co-Director of the Collaborative Healthcare-Associated Infection Prevention (CHIP) team, leading work to reduce healthcare-associated infections.

Regionally, he is active in a number of advisory workgroups with the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services related to healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial resistance. He is also active nationally in both the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America.

David De Gijsel, MD, MSc, MPH works on the intersection of poverty and health. Currently, he focuses on the infectious complications of injection drug use, specifically on new care models for the integrated treatment of hepatitis C in people who inject drugs. He has been involved in global health education and service delivery in various African countries.

David hails from the Netherlands, where he completed medical school at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Primary Care at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. He stayed at Montefiore as an internist for several years before spending two years in Kigali, Rwanda, teaching Rwandan medical students and residents through the Human Resources for Health Program. Upon his return to the US, he came to D-H for a fellowship in Infectious Disease and a residency in Leadership Preventive Medicine. He holds appointments as Assistant Professor at the Geisel School of Medicine and at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice.

Dr. Colleen Kershaw Dr. Kershaw received her MD from Georgetown University School of Medicine, and went on to complete Internal Medicine residency as well as Infectious Disease fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where her academic focus centered on medical education.  She also completed a fellowship in Global Health through the Botswana-Harvard Partnership with Beth Israel Deaconess and Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana.  Her clinical interests are broad in general infectious disease but in particular include care of underserved and marginalized populations, with a focus on the intersection of infectious disease and addiction.  She has training and interest in medical education as well as quality improvement work, and currently serves as the Medical Director for the Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Program as well as Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist, with a focus on surgical site infections.

Dr. Paul Palumbo obtained his MD at the University of Vermont, followed by residency training at the Medical College of Virginia and DHMC and fellowship in pediatric ID at Stanford University. He joined the faculty of Cornell-Weill Medical College followed by UMD-New Jersey Medical School, and joined the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth faculty as Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in 2006. Dr. Palumbo's research interests include many aspects of pediatric HIV. He currently is the Vice Chair of the International Maternal, Pediatric, Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT), and the director of the DARDAR Pediatric Program. At D-H he is the primary pediatric HIV physician, but his clinical activities also include general pediatric ID.

Dr. Jeffrey Parsonnet obtained his MD from NYU School of Medicine. He then did his Medicine residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and an ID fellowship in the Brigham and Women's/Beth Israel Hospital Combined Program. He came to D-H in 1990, where he is now Professor of Medicine. Dr. Parsonnet is a nationally recognized authority on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, and treatment of toxic shock syndrome (TSS), which he has been studying for the past three decades. Dr. Parsonnet has also been the institutional PI for multiple sponsored clinical studies, mainly dealing with new treatments for staphylococcal infections and septic shock. In addition to his ongoing research, Dr. Parsonnet is an active clinician, in both general ID and HIV medicine, and has spearheaded DHMC's HIV outreach program in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has a special interest in staphylococcal infections and Lyme disease. Dr. Parsonnet directed the ID fellowship program at DHMC from its inception until 2010.

Dr. Surachai Supattapone's education includes obtaining a D.Phil. in Physiology from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, followed by an M.D. and Ph.D. in neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where his thesis project identified the inositol trisphosphate (IP3) receptor under the mentorship of Solomon H. Snyder. Dr. Supattapone subsequently completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, fellowship in Infectious Diseases at UCSF, and then a post-doctoral fellowship also at UCSF working under the mentorship of Stanley B. Prusiner. In 1998, Dr. Supattapone received both the Burroughs Wellcome Career Development Award and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) physician-scientist (K08) award. He joined the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School in 2001, where he is currently Professor of Biochemistry and of Medicine, and where he and his colleagues are studying the pathogenesis of prion diseases using novel biochemical and genetic model systems.

Dr. Elizabeth Talbot received her MD from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ, followed by residency and ID and Global Health fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. She subsequently was with the CDC for five years, first in the Epidemic Intelligence Service and then as the Team Leader for TB/HIV, International Activities, Div. of TB Elimination) and internationally as the Associate Director for TB/HIV Research in Botswana. She was seconded to the WHO for policy development for the Global Fund Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and then came to D-H in 2003. Dr. Talbot is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine, and has served as the Deputy State Epidemiologist (DSE) for the State of New Hampshire DHHS. Since July 2007, Dr. Talbot became a consultant for the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) in Geneva. Her work at DHMC includes consultation on general infectious diseases with a focus on mycobacterial and tropical infections, as medical director of the Global Health and Travel Clinic. She has extensive international experience in tuberculosis, including work with PEPFAR in Haiti, PATH in Democratic Republic of Congo, Fogarty in Tanzania, and USAID in eSwatini. She has been on the Scientific Committee for the NIH research network, IMPAACT, representing pediatric TB research. Her research activities are primarily on tuberculosis (focused on diagnostics), but she continues to engage in outbreak and epidemiologic investigations both domestically and internationally such as coordinating training for healthcare workers responding to the West Africa Ebola epidemic. Examples of ongoing research include operations research of isoniazid preventive therapy in eSwatini; improving latent tuberculosis infection diagnosis; and point of care active TB testing among people living with HIV.

Dr. Thomas Taylor received his MD at the University of Colorado, followed by internship and residency at the Beth Israel Hospital, Rheumatology fellowship at the Robert B. Brigham Hospital and Infectious Disease fellowship at the New England Deaconess Hospital. He has been on the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School, with a primary clinical appointment at the White River Junction VA (where he is Chief of both the Rheumatology and Infectious Disease Sections) and a secondary appointment at DHMC. He is currently Associate Professor of Medicine, with appointments in both Infectious Diseases and Rheumatology and continues an active practice in both.

Dr. Ford von Reyn is Professor of Medicine and the Director of the DARDAR International Programs at Dartmouth Medical School. He received his MD from Harvard Medical School, followed by residency and Infectious Disease fellowship at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and training with the Epidemic Intelligence Service at the Centers for Disease Control. Dr. von Reyn joined the faculty of DMS in 1988 as the Chief of the Section of Infectious Disease and remained in that position until 2007 when he stepped down to focus his work on the DARDAR International Programs and other research activities.

Dr. von Reyn is responsible, among other accomplishments, for the growth of the IDIH Section to its current size, the development of the D-H HIV Program, the introduction of antimicrobial management and infection control programs at D-H, and the growth of international activities at DMS. In addition, he maintained a very active clinical practice through 2007. He was the acting Chair of the Department of Medicine at D-H from 1998-1999 and has been a member or chair of many regional, national and international committees.

Dr. von Reyn's research interests focus primarily on mycobacterial infections and most recently on tuberculosis, with a particular focus on novel vaccines and pertinent immunology. He has built the international collaboration resulting in the many activities of the DARDAR Programs, and remains the Director of these programs.

Dr. Peter Wright received his MD from Harvard Medical School, followed by training at NIAID and then residency and fellowship at Children's Hospital in Boston. He subsequently had an extensive research career at Vanderbilt (where he was Professor of Pediatrics, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Professor of Pathology, and Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease), and came to D-H part-time (split with Vanderbilt) in July, 2007. In July 2008, he transitioned to full-time at Dartmouth. Dr. Wright's research interests have revolved around viral pathogenesis and vaccine development. In addition, he has provided leadership for a large HIV treatment clinic in Haiti that has become a model of success for antiretroviral therapy in a resource limited setting.

At D-H he heads the development of a Clinical Translational Research Core and has support for the evaluation of novel influenza vaccines. His primary clinical interest in is Pediatric Infectious Disease.

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