Infectious Diseases at Washington Hospital Center

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Expert Diagnosis and Treatment

Our team of infectious disease physicians offers a variety of specialized services to patients suffering from infectious disease—from simple infections to complex illness caused by organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites.

Our comprehensive inpatient consultation services are a critical part of acute care services for patients hospitalized at MedStar Washington Hospital Center—the region’s busiest tertiary referral center. 

We also provide evaluation and long-term treatment and care management to hundreds of patients through the Infectious Disease Outpatient Clinic. The team takes an integrated approach to care and is committed to not only providing appropriate therapies, but also to helping patients live fully despite their illness.

Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Inpatient Consultation

Our team of infectious disease specialists are on call 24-hours-a-day to provide consultation to physicians whose patients are hospitalized at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and our sister facility—MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital, located on the same medical campus.

Inpatient consultation includes conducting a thorough evaluation, diagnosing the infection, and developing treatment plans.  Our physicians provide their special expertise in the management of the wide-range of infectious diseases, including:

  • Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B
  • Blood stream infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • C. difficile (clostridium difficile)
  • Central nervous infections, including meningitis
  • Fever of unknown etiology
  • Fungal infections
  • Hepatitis
  • HIV disease and AIDS
  • Infections in patients with cancer
  • Infections in patients on immunosuppressive therapy
  • International and travel medicine
  • Lyme disease
  • Malaria
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) skin infections
  • Mycobacterial infections
  • Parasitic diseases
  • Post-operative infections
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Organ transplant (pre-transplant infectious disease evaluation and evaluation of post-transplant infections)
  • Tuberculosis

Outpatient Consultation and Care

Our infectious disease doctors also provide evaluation and diagnosis for patients with suspected infection as well as monitoring of long-term or recurrent infections in its outpatient clinic, which is open four-days each week.  

Patients benefit from the most advanced therapies for chronic infectious diseases, including sophisticated antibiotic drug infusion, and the latest treatment regimens now available for Hepatitis C.

Our clinic is also a recipient of Ryan White funding, which is the single largest federal program designed specifically for people with HIV/AIDS. Through this generous grant, the outpatient clinic provides medical care, case management, and social work and peer navigator services to individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

The clinic’s skilled nursing staff also provides home infusion services to patients who require it, and outreach and education to patients and families to help them manage a chronic infectious illness.

Conditions evaluated and treated in our clinic include:

  • Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B
  • Multi-drug resistant forms of infection
  • Fungal infections
  • Transplant risks and possible infections
  • Tropical diseases

Travel Clinic

In addition to providing evaluation and management of patients with infectious disease, our unique and busy Travel Clinic provides pre- and post-travel evaluations for hundreds of international travelers in the nation’s capital.

Vaccinations—including Yellow Fever—are available on-site, and members of our infectious disease team are skilled at providing anti-malaria medications, as well as travel-specific counseling.

Don't forget to read Dr. Wortmann's blog piece on pre-travel medical precautions you should take!

Special Services

  • Home infusion management
  • Post hospital care
  • Psychosocial support
  • Nurse management

For an appointment at the outpatient clinic or Travel Clinic, call 202-877-3627.

Gender Affirming Services

Infectious Diseases also provides Gender Affirming services and culturally competent LGBTQIA+ care. If you are interested in learning more about any of these services, please email [email protected] for more information and/or to schedule an appointment.

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