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Faculty

Program Leadership & Key Clinical Faculty

Emily V. Wood, M.D.


Associate Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship
Department of Medicine, Maine Medical Center
Clinical Associate Professor of MedicineTufts University School of Medicine
Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Residency: Maine Medical Center
Fellowship: Maine Medical Center
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Interests: Transplant Infections

Selected Publications:
Ginn (Wood) E , Zemrak W, Soni S, Owens RC.“Active Interventions versus Guidelines for Modifying Prescribing Behavior in Patients with Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia (HAP) and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (VAP)” .October 28, 2008. Poster session presented at: 48th Annual ICAAC/IDSA 46th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Robert P. Smith, Jr, M.D., MPH

Director, Division of Infectious Diseases
Director, HIV Program, Virology Treatment Center
Department of Medicine, Maine Medical Center
Co-Director, Vector-Borne Disease Laboratory, Maine Medical Center Research Institute
Professor of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Residency: Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Fellowship: Beth Israel-Children’s - Dana Farber Cancer Center
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Interests: Lyme Disease, Travel-Related Infections, Parasitology, HIV Disease

Recent Abstracts: 
Elias S, Lacombe E, Lubelczyk C, Rand P, Smith RP…Robinson S. Climate change by 2060 and Range Expansion of Deer Ticks (Ixodes scapularis) in Maine.  13th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-borne Infections, Boston, August 18-21, 2013

Ping H, Smith RP, Sammy F, Lin T, Beasley-Topliffe L, Kwak Y, Cahill B, Elias C, Warren S.  Macrophage inflammatory response to B. burgdorferi is diminished in the presence of mouse sera from deer and humans.  13th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-borne Infections, Boston, Aug 18-21, 2013

Lubleczyk CB, Elias SP, Bosco-Lauth A, Robinson S, Renell MR, Smith LB, Rand PW, Lacombe EH, Sears SD, Ebel G, Smith RP, Mutebi J-P. Prevalence and distribution of deer tick virus in cervids. International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-borne Infections, Boston, Aug 18-21, 2013

Smith RP, Kessler R, Missaghi B, Borelli T, Coulter M, Elias S, Lubelczyk C, Lacombe E, Rand P. Emergence of babesiosis in Maine: entomological correlates of human seroprevalence and disease.  13th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-borne Infections, Boston, August 18-21, 2013

Elias K. Keenan PC, Lubelczyk C, Evers D, Morris S., Smith RP.  Serosurvey for eastern equine encephalitis antibody (EEEV) in passerine birds in Maine.   70th Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference.  Portland,  April 14, 2014

Selected Publications:
Smith RP, Schoen RT, Sikand DW, Nowakowski J, Parenti DM, Holman M, Persing D, Steere AS.  Clinical characteristics and treatment outcome of early Lyme disease with microbiologically confirmed erythema migrans.  Ann of Intern Med 2002 March; 19;136(6):421-428.

Smith RP, Muzaffar SB, Lavers J, Lacombe EH, Cahill B, Lubelczyk CD, Kinsler A, Mathers AJ, Rand PW.  Borrelia garinii in seabird ticks (Ixodes uriae), Atlantic Coast, North America.  Emerg Infect Dis 2006 Dec;12(12):1909-1912.

Feder HM, Johnson BJB, O’Connell S, Shapiro ED, Steere AC, Wormser GP, and Ad Hoc International Lyme Disease Work Group Members(Smith RP, Member, Cited Author) A Critical Appraisal of “Chronic Lyme Disease”. New Engl J Med 2007 Oct; 4;(14)357: 1422-1430.

Hinten Sr, Beckett GA, Gensheimer KF, Pritchard E, Courtney TM, Sears SD, Smith RP et al. Increased recognition of Powassan encephalitis in the United States, 1999-2005.  Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Dis 2008 Dec;8(6): 733-40.

Edillo F, Kisewski A, Manjourides J, Pagano M, Hutchinson M, Kyle A, Smith R,  Moncayo A, Spielman A and The Culex pipiens Working Group. Effects of latitude and longitude on the population structure of Culex pipiens s.l., vectors of West Nile Virus in North America. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2009 Nov; 81(5): 842-848.

Mathers A, Smith RP, Cahill B, Lubelczyk C, Elias S, Lacombe E, Morris SR, Vary C, Parent CE, Rand PW. Strain diversity of Borrelia burgdorferi in ticks dispersed by North American migratory birds.  J Vector Ecol 2011 June; 36(1): 24-29.

Rand PW, Lacombe EH, Elias SP, Cahill BK, Lubelczyk C, Smith RP. Multi-target test for emerging Lyme disease and anaplasmosis  in a serosurvey of dogs, Maine, USA. Emerg Infect Dis 2011 May;17(5): 899-902.

Lubelczyk C, Mutebi-J-P, Robinson S, Elias S, Smith LB, Juris S, Foss K, Lichenwalner A, Shively K, Hoenig D, Webber I, Sears S, Smith RP. An epizootic of eastern equine encephalitis virus, Maine, USA, 2009: Outbreak description and entomological studies. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2013 Jan;88(1):95-102. 

Elias SP, Lubelczyk  CB, Rand PW, Staples JK, St. Amand TW, Stubbs CS, Lacombe EH, Smith LB, Smith RP. Effect of botanical acaricide on Ixodes scapularis (Acari:Ixodidae) and non-target arthropods.  J Med Entomol 2013 Jan;88(1);50: 126-136.  

Daikh BE, Emerson FE, Smith RP, Lucas FL, McCarthy CA. Lyme arthritis: a comparison of presentation, synovial fluid analysis, and treatment course in children and adults. Arthritis Care and Research 2013 Dec;65(12):1986-90. 

Lubelczyk C, Elias SP, Kantar L, Albert J, Hansen S, Saxton-Shaw K, MacMillan K, Smith LB, Eisen R, Swope B, Smith RP, Mutebi-JP.  Detection of Eastern Equine virus antibodies in moose (Alces Americana), Maine, 2010.  Vector-borne and Zoonotic Dis 2014 Jan;14(1):77-91.

Smith RP, Elias SP, Borelli T, Missaghi B, York BJ, Kessler RA, Lubelcyzk CB, Lacome E, Hayes CM, Coulter M, Rand PW.  Emergency of human babesiosis in Maine.  Emerg Infect Dis 2014 Oct;20(10):1727-30

Patricia B. Stogsdill, M.D.

Co- Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Department of Medicine, Maine Medical Center
Associate Professor of Medicine
Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency: Maine Medical Center
Fellowship: Maine Medical Center
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Interests: Infectious Diseases, Antibiotic Utilization

Selected Publications:
Fraser GL, Stogsdill P, Dickens JD Jr., Wennberg DE, Smith RP, Prato BS. Antibiotic optimization: An evaluation of patient safety and economic outcome. Arch Intern Med 1997;157:1689-1694.

Fraser G, Stogsdill P, Owens RC. Antimicrobial Stewardship Initiatives: A programmatic approach to optimizing antimicrobial use. In: Owens RC, Ambrose PG, Nightingale CH, Eds. Antibiotic Optimization: Concepts and Strategies in Clinical Practice. New York, NY, Marcel Dekker, 2005:261-326.

Missaghi B, Stogsdill P et al. “Antimicrobial Stewardship Program’s Role in Coordinating a Multi-Pronged Attack to Counter an Outbreak due to Clostridium difficile Infection due to B1/NAP1.027” Presented 4th International Symposium on Resistant Gram-Positive Infections (RGP-4), State University of New York, Buffalo, NY – July 2008.

Owens RC, Johnson JR, Stogsdill P, Yarmus L, Lolans K, Quinn J. Community transmission in the United States of a CTX-M-15-producing sequence type ST131 Escherichia coli strain resulting in death. J Clin Microbiol 2011 Sep;49(9):3406-8.

August J. Valenti, M.D.

Hospital Epidemiologist
Department of Medicine, Maine Medical Center
Professor of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School: Cornell University / Weill Medical College
Residency: NY Hospital / Cornell
Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Interests: Epidemiology of Infectious Disease, Geographic Medicine – Tropical Diseases

Recent Abstracts:
Owens R, Valenti AJ. Clostridium difficile-associated disease in the New Millennium: “The Perfect Storm” has arrived. Infectious Dis in Clin Prac 2007: 15:299-315.
Missaghi B. Valenti AJ, Owens RC. Clostridium difficile infection: a critical overview. Current Infectious Disease Reports 2008, 10:165-173.

Kinna Thakarar, D.O., MPH

Assistant Professor Tufts School of Medicine
Medical School: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Cambridge Health Alliance
Fellowship: Boston Medical Center
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Interests: Health systems research focused on homeless patients, IVDU, HIV

Selected Publications:
Thakarar K, Collins M, Kwong L, Sulis C, Korn C, Bhadelia N. (2014). The Role of tissue plasminogen activator use and systemic hypercoagulability in central line-associated bloodstream infections. Am J Infect Control. 42(4): 417-420.

Thakarar K, Asiimwe S, Cheng DM, Forman L, Ngabirano C, Muyindike WR, Emenyonu NI, Samet JH, Hahn JA. Alcohol Consumption in Ugandan HIV-infected Household Brewer versus Non-brewers. AIDS & Behavior. May 2016: doi: 10.1007/s10461-016-1421-y

Thakarar K, Weinstein Z, Walley AY. Optimizing Health and Safety of People Who Inject Drugs During Transition from Acute to Outpatient Care: Narrative Review with Clinical checklist. Postgrad Med J. 22 March 2016. doi:10.1136/postgradmedj-2015-133720.
 
Thakarar K, Morgan JR, Gaeta JM, Hohl C, Drainoni M. HIV, Homelessness, and Incomplete Viral Suppression. JHCPU. Feb 2016; 27(1): 144-156.

Thakarar K, Morgan JR, Gaeta JM, Hohl C, Drainoni M. Predictors of Frequent Emergency Room Visits among a Homeless Population. PLoS ONE. 2015; 10(4): e0124552. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0124552.

Recent abstracts:

Thakarar K, Rokas K, Lucas FL, Andrews E, DeMatteo C, Mooney D, Powers S, Rosenblatt JA, Valenti A, Sorg MH, Cohen MC. Infectious Endocarditis and Morbidity: Epidemiological Patterns in the Setting of the Opioid Epidemic.. Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse National Conference.  November 2016, Washington DC. 

Thakarar K, Walley AY, Heeren TC, Winter MR, Ventura AS, Sullivan M, Drainoni M, Saitz R.

Medication Treatment for Addiction and Health Service Utilization in HIV- infected Adults with Substance Abuse Disorders. Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse National Conference.  November 2015, Washington DC

Other Faculty

Laureen A. Biczak, D.O.

Medical Director, Bureau of Medical Service State of Maine
Medical School University of New England
Residency: University of Connecticut
Fellowship: University of Connecticut
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Infectious Disease, American Board of Internal Medicine
Interests: Infectious Disease, Travel Medicine, HIV Infection, Antibiotic Utilization

Jennifer K. Jubulis, M.D.

Pediatric Infectious Disease
Department of Pediatrics, Maine Medical Center
Medical School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center, Levine Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics
Interests: Tuberculosis and refugee / immigrant health, antibiotic stewardship

Allan E. Kilby, M.D.

Director of Hepatitis Program
Maine Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School: Cornell University / Weill Medical College
Residency: University of Michigan
Fellowship: University of Vermont
Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine Gastroenterology, American Board of Internal Medicine
Interests: Liver Disease

Carol A. McCarthy, M.D.

Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease Department of Pediatrics, Maine Medical Center 
Associate Professor of Medicine Tufts University School of Medicine
Medical School: University of Rochester
Residency: University of Rochester
Fellowship: University of Rochester
Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics Pediatric Infectious Disease, American Board of Pediatrics
Interests: Congenital & Perinatal Infections, Lyme arthritis

Kristina E. Rokas, PharmD, BCPS

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Infectious Diseases
Maine Medical Center
Pharmacy School: South Carolina College of Pharmacy (SCCP), Doctorate of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Residency: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC
Pharmacy Specialty Residency: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC 
Interests: HIV, Clostridium difficile infection, antimicrobial stewardship


Invited Presentations:
Antibiotic Resistance. Internal Medical Grand Rounds, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME – July 2015

Management of Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI): A bug that is Difficile to Control. Internal Medicine Residents, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME – March 2015


Publications:
Rokas KEE, Johnson JW, Beardsley JR, Ohl Ca, Luther VP, Willamson JC. The addition of intravenous metronidazole to oral vancomycin improves mortality in critically ill patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). Clin Inf Dis. 2015;61:934-41.

Williamson JC, Gibbs HG, Ohl CA, Johnson JW, Beardsley JR, Luther VP, Rokas KE. Reply to Young, Ochi, and Marimuthu.  Clin Inf Dis. 2015;62:810-1.

Mongkon Minkey Wungwattana, PharmD

Clinical Pharmacy Specialist
Co-Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program
Infectious Diseases
Maine Medical Center Pharmacy School
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN – Doctor of Pharmacy
Pharmacy Practice Residency: Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN
Pharmacy Specialty Residency: Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN
Interests: Antimicrobial stewardship, including process improvement; Antimicrobial resistance and its impact on empiric and targeted antimicrobial selection; Pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics.

Presentations:
Hall R, Kuhn E, Buttarazzi MS, Mette SA, Wungwattana M. Antimicrobial Prescribing Practices in Septic and Septic Shock Patients Prior to Formal Implementation of an Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. American Society of Health-System Pharmacist Annual Meeting, December 7-11,2014, Anaheim CA

The Role of “Double Coverage”: Implications on Outcomes and Resistance Department of Medicine Grand Rounds, Maine Medical Center, Portland, ME, 2014

Daptomycin in Special Populations: Obesity, Renal Replacement Therapy, and Deep-Seated Infections. Grand Rounds, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN 2013

Vaccines for the Vulnerable. Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN 2013

Utilization of Prolonged Infusion B-Lactams to Optimize Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics. Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN 2012

Life-Threatening Infections: Diagnosis and Antimicrobial Selection. Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN 2012

Vancomycin in the Obese Population. Grand Rounds, Indiana University Health, Indianapolis, IN 2012

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