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COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network 

A collaborative multi-disciplinary response is critical to optimally manage patients with COVID-19. With funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the COVID-19 Real-Time Learning Network brings together the latest clinical guidance, institutional protocols, clinical trials data, practice tools and resources from a variety of medical subspecialties around the world. Visit daily for must-have information, curated by medical experts, that will help clinicians and other decision-makers work together to win the fight against COVID-19. 


Chief Medical Editor

Varun headshotVarun Kishor Phadke, MD
Dr. Phadke is Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine, where he serves as the Associate Program Director for the infectious diseases fellowship training program. He also completed a NIH-funded T32 fellowship in vaccinology at Emory. His interests include clinical reasoning, immunocompromised hosts, and vaccines, and his clinical practice includes general and transplant infectious diseases.


Associate Medical Editors 

Sonali Advani, MBBS, MPH
Dr. Advani is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and serves as the Co-Medical Director of Duke Infection Control Outreach Network (DICON). In her role, she assists >50 member hospitals in development and strengthening of their existing infection prevention programs. Her research focuses on healthcare-associated infections in special populations, implementation of diagnostic stewardship interventions, and improving metrics to better align with outcomes.


MatiMatifadza (Mati) Hlatshwayo Davis, MD, MPH
Dr. Hlatshwayo Davis is the Director of Health for the City of St. Louis. She is alos a frequent medical contributor for major news outlets such as CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and MSNBC. An infectious diseases physician and public health expert, her areas of expertise are in the care of people living with HIV as well as health equity and community engagement. Dr. Hlatshwayo Davis is the Associate Editor for the COVID Health Equity Resources section of the site.


image35u8m.pngPayal K. Patel, MD, MPH
Dr. Patel is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Michigan and the Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Her interests include infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship implementation work in the US and globally. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and mentors medical students, residents and fellows. 


Maria Sundaram, MSPH, PhD
Maria Sundaram, MSPH, PhD is an infectious disease epidemiologist and Associate Research Scientist in the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Population Health at the Marshfield Clinic Research Institute. Her research focuses on respiratory viruses (including COVID-19, influenza, and RSV) and vaccines that prevent them, as well as vaccine safety, promotion, and policy. She is also a weekly COVID-19 guest expert for BBC World Service Radio.


WELD ethel pic.jpgEthel D. Weld, MD, PhD
Dr. Weld is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Molecular Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in the Divisions of Clinical Pharmacology & Infectious Diseases, where she serves as an attending physician on the HIV/AIDS service and the general infectious diseases consultation service. Her research interest is in expanding options for the prevention and treatment of HIV in children, adolescents, and adults in a manner that addresses adherence barriers, particularly using long-acting, less-frequent dosing approaches, and improving treatment options for children with HIV and TB co-infection.


Werbel_Headshot.jpgWilliam Werbel, MD
Dr. Werbel is an infectious diseases clinician-scientist at the Johns Hopkins University with expertise the care of immunocompromised patients including people living with HIV, cancer, and/or organ transplantation. He conducts clinical research to understand risk factors for serious infection in these populations on a national scale, and is also studying safety and immune response of COVID-19 vaccination in these at-risk groups.


Senior Online Editor

image8e62s.pngMarjorie K. Connolly
Marjorie is a public health communications specialist who previously served as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Press Secretary and worked as a communications and health policy advisor on Capitol Hill. She also studies the global history of health and medicine at the Humboldt and Freie Universities of Berlin.


Associate Online Editor

5Kenney,Allen1812-Edit-3.jpgAllen Kenney
Allen Kenney is a communications consultant and strategist specializing in social impact and equity, corporate governance and responsibility, internal strategic communications, sports and society, and public policy. He has nearly two decades of experience in investigative journalism, media and strategic communications. As a co-founder and Communications Leader of #TestAndTrace, he managed communications strategies and public information campaigns for a worldwide volunteer network of professionals in medicine, public health, technology and social entrepreneurship collaborating to advance testing and contact tracing as vital components of effective approaches for containing Covid-19.


Expert Contributors 

  • Shweta Anjan, M.D. 
  • Rachel Bender Ignacio, MD, MPH
  • Prathit A. Kulkarni, M.D. 
  • Nicole A. Levy, MPH, CHES
  • Priya Nori, MD
  • Glenn Patriquin, M.D., MSC 
  • Payal K. Patel, MD MPH
  • Veronica Rivera, MD
  • Priya Sampathkumar, M.D., FIDSA 
  • Michael Stevens, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
  • Adrienne E. Shapiro, MD, PhD
  • Jaffar Al-Tawfiq, M.D., FIDSA 
  • Francesca Torriani, M.D., FIDSA 
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