Infectious Diseases

Physicians in our Infectious Diseases Division specialize in the treatment of individuals with diseases or conditions caused by infectious agents, viruses, bacteria, parasites and fungi. These infectious diseases are becoming increasingly severe threats to public health, despite new and improved antimicrobial therapies. Our physicians are available for consultation on a wide variety of infectious conditions and to provide guidance on evaluations that may lead to the identification of an infectious illness.

Specialty Areas

Adult Vaccination
It is estimated that as many as 60,000 adults die each year from vaccine-preventable diseases. Too often, they forget to update their vaccinations or incorrectly assume the shots they received as children will protect them for the rest of their lives. We offer a wide range of vaccines to protect adults from preventable illnesses.

Our physicians provide the full spectrum of management for individuals infected with the HIV/AIDS virus. We also conduct clinical trials on new therapies for AIDs. For more information on research underway at UConn Health, visit our clinical trials web page. UConn Health is a Ryan White service provider and provides a broad range of HIV-related services.

International Travel Medicine
Our International Traveler’s Medical Service provides pre-travel counseling and immunization to avoid unnecessary risks from unfamiliar but preventable diseases when traveling to developing areas of the world. We offer post-travel follow-up for individuals who become ill as a result to their travels.

Bone and Joint Infections
Our physicians provide antibiotic management of bone and joint infections in conjunction with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. We offer management of outpatient intravenous antibiotics and their complications.

Immunosuppressive Therapy
Our physicians offer pre-therapy evaluations for patients planning to undergo therapy with biologic immunosuppressive medications to treat psoriasis, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other conditions. Preventative strategies, including vaccination, can be identified to avoid infectious complications.

Our Team

Photo of Nina Carley, M.D.Nina Carley, M.D.
Photo of Lisa M. Chirch, M.D.Lisa M. Chirch, M.D.
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David Dorsky, M.D.
Photo of Tilahun A. Gemtessa, M.D., M.Sc., FACPTilahun A. Gemtessa, M.D., M.Sc., FACP
Photo of Paul R. Skolnik, M.D., FACP, FIDSAPaul R. Skolnik, M.D., FACP, FIDSA

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Office Locations

UConn Health
Outpatient Pavilion, 2nd Floor East
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-4225

65 Kane Street
West Hartford, CT 06119

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Related Services

International Traveler’s Medical Service


Bone and Joint Infections