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Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

College of Medicine
200 First Street SW
Department of Internal Medicine
Rochester, MN  55905

Phone: 507 255 1980
Fax: 507 255 7767

Training Program Director

Raymund R Razonable     MD, FIDSA

Research Interests: 

Participating Hospitals

  • Rochester Methodist : 794
  • Saint Mary's Hospital : 1157

Program Training Offerings

How does this program meet the ABIM requirements for training in clinical microbiology?

Didactic Lectures
Hands-on Experience
State of the art clinical microbiology laboratory

The Program provides training in hospital epidemiology through:

Didactic Lectures
Clinical rotation on the infection control and practice service

The Program provides clinical experience for fellows in the following:

Infections in marrow transplant
Infections in solid organ transplant patients
Infections in travelers and tropical medicine
Infections in children

This Program provides training in STD management through:

Didactic Lectures
Clinical experience

The Program has a didactic lecture course for fellows:


If yes, what is the average number of lectures provided over a two-year period?


Training is for:


Are there citizenship requirements?


Types of visas accepted:

No restrictions

Number of fellows accepted each year:


Duration of the Fellowship (years):


The Program has a training grant (T32):


Average number of infectious diseases consults per trainee per year:


Number of Fellows completing the Program in the last 5 years:


Additional Training/Faculty Resources (optional):


Strong association with the Department of Clinical Microbiology and other faculty within Mayo Foundation doing Infectious Disease Research.


Department of Clinical Microbiology  

Robin Patel, MD, Prof.

Dr. Patel is the director of the Infectious Diseases Research Laboratory. In the research laboratory, she and her colleagues focus on biofilms. Biofilms cause a large number of infections in modern clinical practice, such as prosthetic joint infection and endocarditis.

Franklin R. Cockerill, III, MD, Prof.

Rapid microbial nucleic acid extraction techniques for clinical specimens and rapid real-time polymerase chain reaction microbial diagnostics
Nancy L. Wengenack, PhD, Asst. Prof. Molecular diagnostics for fungi, mycobacteria and microsporidia.  Molecular mechanism of isoniazid activation and resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Joseph D. Yao, MD, Asst. Prof. Application and development of molecular diagnostic assays for detection and monitoring of HBV, HCVm HDV, and HIV-1 infection
Eric M. Poeschla, MD, Prof The research interests of Eric M. Poeschla, MD, are in the molecular pathogenesis of HIV/AIDS, host cell viral dependency factors, innate immunity to viruses and viral vector-based human gene therapy.
Nicholas F. LaRusso, MD, Prof. Interactions of cholangiocytes with Cryptosporidium parvum (C. parvum), an emerging pathogen important in the development of AIDS cholangiopathy
Andrew H. Limper, MD, Prof. Understanding the pathogenesis of Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and other fungal pathogens in immune compromised hosts
Gregory A. Poland, MD, Prof. Multiple areas of vaccine research, including immunogenetics, vaccines against agents of bioterrorism, vaccine adjuvants, new methods of vaccine delivery, development of new immune assays to monitor response to vaccines, and safety immunogenicity and reactogenicity of candidate vaccines


Applications accepted via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®)?


Timeframe when applications are accepted:

Timeframe when interviews are done

Larry Baddour  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Cardiovascular and endovascular infections, skin and soft-tissue infections, clostridium difficile infections, and fungal infections.

Associate Program Director

Raymund Razonable , Associate Program Director  MD, Prof.

Research Interests: Prosthetic joint infections; epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and outcome of osteoarticular infection, including prosthetic joint infections and spinal infections, new inflammatory markers, such as procalcitonin, and their role in the diagnosis of osteomyelitis.


Ritu Banerjee  MD, PhD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Molecular epidemiology of antibiotic-resistant pathogens, antimicrobial stewardship, and rapid diagnostics for infectious diseases.

Andrew Badley  MD, Professor

Research Interests: The laboratory of Andrew Badley, MD is working on HIV regulation of virus/ host interactions and the regulation of apoptosis during infectious diseases.

Michael A. Barry  PhD, Professor

Research Interests: The laboratory of Michael A. Barry, PhD, is working to use genes and viruses to treat a set of very difficult diseases. Because these agents are as adaptable as DNA itself, Dr. Barry and his team can apply these "drugs" against a variety of diseases by fine-tuning which cells they target and avoiding or activating the immune system. This work falls into three areas: gene therapy, gene-based vaccines, and anti-cancer virotherapy.

Bharath Raj Varatharaj Palraj  MBBS, Instructor

Research Interests: Endocarditis, endovascular infections, community acquired infections, and infection control.

Elie F. Berbari  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Bone and joint infections, prosthetic joint infections, surgical site infections, infection control, and education research.

Nathan Cummins  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: The laboratory of Nathan Cummins, MD is working on HIV regulation of T cell death as well as pharmacogenomics of antiretroviral medications.

Ala S. Dababneh  MD, Instructor

Research Interests: Pathogeneis of HIV, community infectious diseases, and infection control.

Mark J. Enzler  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Skin and soft tissue diseases, cardiovascular infections, orthopedic infections, and curriculum development.

Lynn L. Estes  PharmD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Antimicrobial stewardship, antimicrobial use, resistance, and pharmacokinetics.

Arlen D. Hanssen  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Bone and joint infections, prosthetic joint infections, and surgical site infections.

W. Charles Huskins  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Dr. Huskins primary research interest is in the prevention and control of health-care associated infections, particularly those caused by antimicrobial resistant bacteria.

Mary J. Kasten  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Fever of unknown orgin. Infectious diseases education, curriculum development in infectious diseases, simulation center curriculum development, patient-physician communication, HIV patient care, and travel, and tropical medicine.

Michael R. Keating  MD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Immunocompromised hosts and infection control.

William F. Marshall  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Diagnosis, prevention, and management of transplant related infections. Descriptive study of eConsultation in infectious diseases clinical practice.

Douglas R. Osmon  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Musculoskeletal infection: clinical epidemiology, prevention, treatment and outcome of osteoarticular infection, including prosthetic joint infections and spinal infections.

Robin Patel  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Prosthetic joint infection pathogenesis, diagnosis and management; microbial biofilms; antimicrobial resistance; clinical microbiology diagnostics.

Eric M. Poeschla  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Basic research aspects of lentiviral replication and disease pathogenesis. Our basic HIV research concentrates on basic molecular and cell biological aspects of viral replication as well as innate immunity to RNA viruses (host cell dependency and restriction factors, integration, encapsidation). We contributed foundational work on the HIV integration cofactor role of LEDGF (e.g. Llano et al., Science, 2006 and Ciuffi et al., Nature Medicine, 2005) and continue to be very interested in host factor participation in the post-entry events that culminate in integration. We focus on HIV-1, but the primate-nonprimate lentiviral/ host comparison and the animal-human interface has been a theme since my basic research career started with construction of the first FIV vectors. We recently developed a germline transgenesis method for the domestic cat in order to enable experimental genetic modification and breeding in an AIDS lentivirus and AIDS-susceptible species.

Gregory A. Poland  MD, Professor

Research Interests: The laboratory of Gregory Poland, MD, studies the immunogenetics of vaccine response in adults and children. Dr. Poland and his team within the Vaccine Research Group aim to improve the health of individuals across the world by pursuing challenges posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism through clinical, laboratory, and epidemiologic vaccine research.

Raymond Razonable  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Transplant infections, role of HHV 6 and HHV 7 in liver transplantation and studying toll-like receptor regulation.

Stacey Rizza  MD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: HIV/HCV hepatocyte apoptosis co-infection, tuberculosis, HIV protease inhibitors as immunomodulatory agents, and CXCR4 mediated HIV apoptosis.

Priya Sampathkumar  MD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Infections in the ICU, influenza epidemiology and prevention, infection control, quality improvement in infectious diseases, and isolation precautions.

Irene Sia  MD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Community-based and health disparities research, immigrant and refugee health, tuberculosis, and orthopedic infections.

M. Rizwan Sohail  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Infective endocarditis, cardiovascular implantable electronic device infections, and use of artificial neural networks for clinical decision making.

James M. Steckelberg  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Infective endocarditis, orthopedic infections, experimental models of infection, antimicrobial agents and stewardship, and bacterial resistance.

Zelalem Temesgen  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Antiretroviral therapy, opportunistic infections in HIV, INH resistance in M. tuberculosis, and medication compliance.

Rodney L. Thompson  MD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Infection prevention and control, hospital-assocaited infections, surveillance and epidemiology, electronic systems development, reprocessing, high level disinfection, quality metrics and reporting.

Pritish Tosh  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Influenza prevention and epidemiology, outbreak investigations, and emergency preparation.

Abinash Virk  MD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Travel and tropical medicine, bone and joint infections, use of probiotics in prevention of traveler's diarrhea and clostridium difficile associated diarrhea, and quality improvement in infectious diseases.

Randall C. Walker  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Invasive fungal infections in immunosuppressed patients and pathogenesis of EBV disease in transplantation.

Jennifer A. Whitaker  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Influenza epidemiology and prevention and vaccine response in immunocompromised hosts.

Mark P. Wilhelm  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Soft-tissue infections and infections in solid organ transplant recipients.

John W. Wilson  MD, Associate Professor

Research Interests: Tuberculosis, atypical mycobacterial infections, HIV infection, infections in patients with hematologic malignancies, and global health.

Walter R. Wilson  MD, Professor

Research Interests: Infective endocarditis, animal models of infection, mechanisms of antimicrobial killing, and bone and joint infections.

Alan J. Wright  MD, Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Infection control, clinical infectious diseases, and noscomial bacteremias.

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