The Infectious Diseases practice at Boston Medical Center is the largest HIV/AIDS program in the New England area and one of the largest STD practices in Massachusetts. The practice offers comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services in all areas of infectious diseases, with particular expertise in HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), diseases incurred through international travel, and Lyme disease. The magnitude and variety of the patient population offers the physicians extensive opportunity for clinical research and offers patients the opportunity to benefit by participating in that research. The Infectious Disease practice offers both adult and pediatric care.

     

    The International Travel Program is designed to keep departing travelers from contracting any diseases or illnesses overseas, as well as to offer immediate, aggressive treatment for returning travelers who may have acquired a disease.

    HIV Care

    HIV-infected persons receive ongoing primary care within the CID one-stop shopping model and experience seamless transitions between diagnosis, assessment, and treatment. The CID staff creates an individualized treatment plan for each patient receiving HIV treatment and primary care. Creating this plan involves assessing the patient’s overall health to make sure the best medications are prescribed in creating a treatment plan. Medical services offered include care from a team of nurses and doctors specializing HIV/AIDS who are at the forefront of HIV/AIDS research and treatment. In addition, patients can see specialists in the liver, lung, cancer, and psychiatry within the CID. The clinic offers:

    Obstetrics and Gynecology Services

    Women infected with HIV who become pregnant are able to receive comprehensive HIV-specific care throughout the prenatal period in the Positive HOPE (HIV-OB Program and Education) Clinic. The multidisciplinary team comprised of an adult HIV provider, an OB/GYN trained in maternal-fetal medicine focused on HIV pregnancy care and members of the Pediatric ID team assure seamless peri-partum and post-partum care of the exposed infant.

    The team of physicians and staff at the Hope Clinic provide specialized obstetrical care for women infected with HIV that are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. They are experienced in the use of HIV medication during pregnancy for maternal treatment and prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

    The obstetricians and gynecologists are knowledgeable about the health needs of HIV infected women. Our team of gynecologists and NP have a tremendous depth of knowledge and experience with the gynecological issues of women infected with HIV. They provide women with comprehensive gynecologic services including exams, pap smears, and on-site colposcopies and anoscopies for those with dysplasia.

    • Pharmacotherapy: The pharmacist collaborates with the doctor to develop, document and execute a plan of care which can include:
      • review of all medications and dosing instructions
      • manage side effects
      • monitor drug-drug interactions
      • review adherence
      • review of resistance test results and participate in designing alternative medication regimens
      • collaborate with physicians to evaluate and manage stable chronic conditions such as diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, COPD, asthma, and heart failure
    • Adolescent/ Young adults care for those 18-24 years old transitioning from pediatric to adult care
    • HIV Patient Support Groups

    HIV Screening and Treatment

    HIV testing is offered through the Boston STD Clinic.

    HIV and HCV Medical Case Management

    The CID offers Medical Case Management services to HIV positive and Hepatitis C positive patients. The CID model of HIV primary care is team-centered; each team consists of an HIV primary care physician, a nurse, and a medical case manager (MCM). Every patient is assigned to a designated care team; this ensures that patients’ medical care will be closely coordinated with MCMs. This multidisciplinary model maximizes service utilization and coordination of care both within the CID and across hospital departments and outside agencies.

    Services include:

    • Health insurance assistance
    • Transportation assistance
    • Housing assistance
    • Utility assistance
    • Substance use and abuse risk reduction
    • Assisted referrals to other support services
    • Adherence support
    • Sexual health promotion

    HIV Support Groups

    The CID offers a variety of weekly groups including:

    • Newly diagnosed or reengaged in care group
    • Women’s group
    • Community luncheons
    • Men’s group
    • Substance use

    Clinic staff facilitate groups and rotate topics selected by participants and facilitators to address the most relevant issues of interest.

    Mental Health

    Mental health services are offered to HIV positive patients of CID. Many patients work with the CID mental health team which offer sessions with therapists and a psychiatrist.

    Services include:

    • Diagnostic assessments
    • Crisis interventions
    • Time-sensitive treatments as clinically indicated or when facilitating transition to outside therapy resources

    The CID mental health clinicians are licensed independent clinical social workers (LICSW) with experience in HIV, trauma, and multicultural mental health issues. There is also a clinic based psychiatrist for appropriate medication therapies. 

    Infectious Disease Consult Service

    The Center for Infectious Diseases offers in depth evaluation and management of adult patients with bacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral diseases including HIV and its complications. The providers at the CID specialize in multiple infectious disease states including bone and joint infections, mycobacterial disease, Lyme disease, and tropical infections, as well as complications associated with states of immunosuppression. The practice also provides state of the art pre-transplant evaluations and prophylaxis assessment for patients undergoing chemotherapy or other immunosuppressive treatment modalities.

    Consult services are available:
    Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMTo make an appointment or refer a patient call 617.414.4290

    FAST PATH-Substance Abuse

    The FAST PATH Program (Facilitated Access to Substance abuse Treatment with Prevention and Treatment of HIV) is a specialized team based in the Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) to address substance abuse issues. The clinical team includes an addition specialist MD, a substance abuse nurse, and a licensed alcohol and drug counselor.

    Substance abuse counseling includes:

    • Longitudinal, coordinated care for substance abuse
    • Addiction counseling
    • Medication-assisted treatment
    • Clinical case management
    • One-on-one counseling
    • Facilitated access to detoxification programs
    • Support groups
    • Suboxone as an opiate recovery alternative
    • Regular substance use monitoring and follow-up

    Contact Us

    725 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118
    9th Floor, Suite 9B
    Shapiro Center
    617.414.4290
    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Wednesday - 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

    Specialty Clinics

    Boston STD Clinic

    The Boston STD Clinic performs basic screening for HIV as well as for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis and Hepatitis C. The STD Clinic provides STD treatment to all clients testing positive, known STD contacts, and those who are symptomatic. Pre/Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP) consultations and prescriptions are also available.

    BMC's PrEP Program

    In this panel interview, Dr. Jessica Taylor and Jessica Stewart discuss BMC's approach to PrEP, why a patient would choose PrEp, what patients can expect during drug administration and how PrEP can impact a patient's life.

    Tuberculosis Clinic

    The Tuberculosis Clinic at Boston Medical Center offers both diagnostic and therapeutic services for tuberculosis. The clinic also offers case management services, including medication administration and monitoring, patient education, contact investigations as indicated and Directly Observed Therapy (DOT) --  a method of drug administration where a health professional watches as a patient takes each dose of a medication and gives support to improve treatment adherence and completion. 

    Our Team

    Tamar F Barlam, MD

    Chief, Section of Infectious Diseases
    Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

    Special Interests

    Infectious Diseases

    Sabrina A Assoumou, MD, MPH

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine

    Special Interests

    Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

    Deborah J Cotton, MD

    Associate Director for Research, Section of Infectious Diseases
    Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Special Interests

    HIV/AIDS infections in the immunosuppressed host; Global public health

    Sondra S Crosby, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Special Interests

    Refugee Health, Internal Medicine

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    Rachel L Epstein, MD

    Special Interests

    Infectious Disease, Hepatitis C Virus (HCV), Pediatric Infectious Diseases, HIV

    Maura A Fagan, MD

    Infectious Disease Physician

    Special Interests

    HIV infection, Infectious Diseases

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    Davidson H Hamer, MD

    Travel and Tropical Medicine, General Infectious Diseases
    Professor of Global Health and Medicine, Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine

    Special Interests

    Travel and tropical medicine, malaria, clinical parasitology, arboviral infections (dengue, Zika, chikungunya, etc.), and HIV/AIDS

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    Natasha S Hochberg, MD, MPH

    Infectious Disease Physician

    Special Interests

    Travel Medicine, Tropical Medicine, Parasitology, Infectious Diseases, HIV

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    Robin R Ingalls, MD

    Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Special Interests

    Infectious diseases

    Simeon Kimmel, MD, MA

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Medical Director, Project TRUST

    Special Interests

    Infectious complications of substance use

    Nina H Lin, MD

    Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

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    Benjamin P Linas, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Jai G Marathe, MD

    Instructor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Special Interests

    HIV, TB, Infectious Diseases

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    Manish Sagar, MD

    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Special Interests

    HIV, Hepatitis C, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine

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    Rachel P Simmons, MD

    Infectious Disease Physician

    Special Interests

    HIV, Hepatitis C, General infectious diseases

    Alexander Y Walley, MD, MSc

    Director, Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program
    Associate Professor of Medicine

    Special Interests

    Primary care with a focus on substance use and HIV/AIDS

    Lee M Wetzler, MD

    Professor of Medicine and Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

    Special Interests

    Infectious diseases

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    Donald Thea, MD
    Tropical Medicine
    General Infectious Diseases

    Provider Resources

    Infectious Diseases For Medical Professionals

    DAART (Direct Access to Antiretroviral Therapy) is a clinical program offered through the Center for Infectious Diseases. DAART links patients to HIV care immediately after a positive HIV diagnosis, rather than waiting for a follow-up visit.  Research shows that beginning treatment at the time of diagnosis helps patients to live longer, healthier lives and lowers their risk of transmitting the virus to others.

    Department News

    Research Overview

    The physicians and staff of the Center for Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center are affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). To learn about research studies managed by the BU School of Medicine, please visit the Infectious Diseases section of the BUSM website.

    Additionally, there are active research studies ongoing within the Center for Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center. These studies are managed directly by BMC’s Infectious Disease Clinical Research Unit (ID-CRU). To learn about research studies managed by the BMC ID-CRU, please visit our homepage.

    Residency and Fellowship Information

    The Center for Infectious Diseases at Boston Medical Center is affiliated with the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). To learn about the education programs, please visit the Infectious Diseases section of the BUSM website.