Infectious Diseases Division Staff and Faculty

Division of Infectious Diseases

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Division of Infectious Diseases is a dynamic, multidisciplinary academic group which strives to provide the best medical care, educational opportunities, and clinical research in the region. Under the direction of Cassandra Salgado, M.D., MS, the Division has seen continued growth and expansion across its clinical programs, research, educational activities, and public health initiatives. Divisional clinical and research strengths include nosocomial infections, HIV care, Hepatitis C, transplant ID, endocarditis, bone and joint infections, vascular line management, and ID global health.

Education

The Division maintains its commitment to educating the next generation of physicians and scientists to meet the many evolving challenges involved in fighting infectious diseases. Since its establishment in 1976, the Division of Infectious Diseases ACGME-approved Fellowship Training program has graduated more than 100 physicians. In addition, MUSC is one of the few programs in the country to offer a fellowship for OB/GYN-trained physicians in Reproductive Infectious Diseases. These two fellowship programs foster cross-training while increasing opportunities for comprehensive care of patients with chronic infectious diseases. Division faculty are actively involved in the general training of pharmacy students and residents, and there is also a PharmD ID residency program with expert mentoring. 

Research

The research programs in the Division continue to build on the long-standing strengths in HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, geriatric and nosocomial infectious diseases. Ongoing laboratory research, clinical trials, epidemiology and outcomes studies, and quality assurance projects are funded through competitive grants and contracts with NIH, DHHS/HRSA, CDC, state and local health departments, pharmaceutical corporations and biotechnology companies. Close scientific collaborative relationships exist with the Departments of Microbiology & Immunology, Public Health, Pediatrics, Oncology, Orthopedics and other groups. 

Most recently, the Division has been energized with recruitments designed to expand the Infectious Diseases Global Health program, where valuable mentoring of trainees and junior faculty is conducted. 

Patient Care

Division faculty provide leadership for a variety of MUSC hospital and public health-oriented services, including infection control and hospital epidemiology, antimicrobial stewardship, vascular access, travel medicine, and transplant infectious diseases. For more than 25 years, the Division has provided comprehensive care and services to HIV-infected adults, with key funding support from the HRSA Ryan White Program and SC DHEC.

The Infectious Diseases group at MUSC may be the only academic center in the United States where placement of peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) is routinely performed by specially trained ID-boarded physician operators.Catheters may be tunneled or non-tunneled, antibiotic-impregnated, and can be placed with ultrasound guidance for difficult cases including morbidly obese patients, those with immunocompromising conditions, or special needs such as long-term antibiotic infusions, parenteral nutrition, or chemotherapy.