Johan Bakken, MD, PhD, FIDSA, is a consultant in infectious diseases at St. Luke’s Hospital and a clinical associate professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School Duluth. Dr. Bakken served as chair of the IDSA State and Regional Societies (SRS) Board. During his involvement with the SRS, he demonstrated the value of the ID clinician and advocated for better compensation for the varied services they provide. He has pioneered outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy, fecal biotherapy for C. diff, and evidence-based treatment of Lyme disease, contributing to related IDSA guidelines. Currently, he serves on the IDSA Diagnostics Task Force, which is examining the research, development, approval, manufacture, regulation and uptake of infectious diseases diagnostics. Dr. Bakken graduated from the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine in 1972. He completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of California Los Angeles and subsequent residencies in internal medicine at UW and the Lillehammer Regional Hospital in Norway. Dr. Bakken did his fellowship in ID at the University of Oslo, Norway, and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in microbiology at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska in 1987.
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