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Infectious Diseases ACGME Fellowship Program
The Johns Hopkins Division of Infectious Diseases is committed to training the next generation of leaders in infectious diseases. Our fellowship program has a long track record of successfully mentoring fellows in research projects that span the spectrum of infectious diseases affecting the global community. Combined with exceptional clinical training, fellows graduate from our program well-equipped to begin the next stages of their careers.
Our commitment to our fellows is underscored by their success rates in pursuit of NIH Mentored Research Career Development (“K”) Awards. Building upon a legacy of successfully launched research careers, 95% (19/20) of our fellows' K applications have been awarded since Dr. David Thomas was named division director in 2005. Through semi-annual meetings of our research review committee and a cadre of dedicated faculty mentors, we help foster the professional growth of our exceptional fellows.
Our fellows are able to avail themselves with tremendous resources both within and outside our division. Within the division, there are 77 full-time infectious diseases faculty members, including 39 women. These faculty bring in in $30,688,407 in NIH-supported research funds annually -- more than any other division within the Johns Hopkins DOM. And that doesn't include many other potential mentors within the Bloomberg School of Public Health, its Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, and other schools at our institution.
Michael Melia, MD - Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Melia is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is the Director of the Infectious Diseases fellowship training program; he was named Associate Program Director in 2010 before being named Program Director in 2015. His academic interests include the generation of clinical and education scholarship. In addition to his efforts within the fellowship program, his education interests include curriculum development and the growth and development of learners as teachers. He has helped craft a curriculum that teaches hepatitis C virus clinical care to general practitioners, he has led a committee that has reshaped the way in which the Johns Hopkins internal medicine teaching faculty interact with housestaff and students, and he serves as a medical student advisor within the SOM’s Colleges Advisory Program. His clinical research interests include Lyme disease and hepatitis C virus infections. Clinically, he maintains outpatient practices in both general infectious diseases and HIV care, and he also attends on the inpatient services for both general ID and HIV.
Natasha Chida, MD, MSPH - Fellowship Program Associate Director
Dr. Chida is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is Associate Director of the Infectious Diseases fellowship training program. She is also the Director of Education for the Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education. Her research interests include using curriculum development and education to improve patient outcomes both domestically and abroad. She also maintains an outpatient HIV practice in HIV care and attends on the inpatient services for general ID and internal medicine.
Sara Cosgrove, MD, MS, FSHEA, FIDSA - Chair of the Fellowship Research Review Committee & PI of the Fellowship Program T32 (Research Training in Microbial Diseases grant)
Dr. Cosgrove is a Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She serves as the Chair of the Fellowship Research Guidance Committee and is the PI of the T32 Fellowship Training Grant, “Research Training in Microbial Diseases,” that is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Cosgrove is Medical Director of The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Antimicrobial Stewardship. Her research interests include epidemiology and outcomes of antimicrobial resistance, development of tools and programs to promote rational use of antimicrobials, prevention of hospital-acquired infections and epidemiology and management of S. aureus bacteremia. She is a voting member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria and is a past-president of the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology’s Board of Directors.
Joel Blankson, MD, PhD - Co-chair of the Fellowship Research Review Committee & Co-PI for the Fellowship Program T32 (Research Training in Microbial Diseases grant)
Dr. Blankson is a Professor of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases. Alongside Dr. Cosgrove, Dr. Blankson also serves as the Co-chair of the the Fellowship Research Guidance Committee and is the PI of the T32 Fellowship Training Grant, “Research Training in Microbial Diseases,” that is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He is an expert on HIV infection, particularly HIV latency and long-term control of HIV infection. Dr. Blankson is a lead investigator in studies on these topics and is frequently interviewed in the scientific and popular press. He also practices internal and infectious disease medicine.