Infectious disease (ID) physicians are considered the “detectives” of the medical world. They take on difficult cases, looking for clues that might point to the causes of hard to diagnose infections. ID physicians have specialized training in identifying, treating, and managing infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. They have also received comprehensive education in the benefits and adverse effects of antibiotics, and are well-versed in infection control, epidemiology, and immunology.
At BASS Medical Group, our infectious disease physicians are board certified in internal medicine and infectious disease, and some have additional certifications in HIV and infection prevention. They specialize in:
- Employee health
- General infectious disease
- Chronic Hepatitis B & C
- Infection control
- Orthopedic infections
- Outpatient infusion
- Surgical infections
- wound infections (as separate category)
- Tropical and travel medicine
Most common infections and diseases can be treated by your primary physician so if you suspect you have an infection, your first step should be scheduling an appointment with them. Your primary may refer you to an ID specialist if you have:
- An infection they are unable to diagnose
- An infection that is not responding to treatment
- A surgical incision or wound that is not healing
- An infection that involves long-term care (HIV/AIDS, chronic hepatitis)
- Travel plans to a country with a high risk of infection
At BASS, our experienced ID physicians are ready to help diagnose and treat your infection using the most up to date practices and technologies. To help them identify its cause, they will make a thorough evaluation of your condition. This will involve a physical examination, as well as a careful evaluation of your medical record, immunization record, and any existing laboratory or imaging reports. To get a clear picture of your health, they may order several tests including blood work up, cultures of bodily fluids, pathology tests, or imaging tests.
Once they have figured out the cause of your infection, your ID specialist will create a comprehensive treatment plan that is tailored to your individual condition. This plan might involve prescription drugs, such as antibiotics taken orally or antibiotics that are administered through an intravenous (IV) tube. Often times, ID specialists consult and work with other physicians to coordinate your care. If your condition is serious and requires further management, they will make recommendations as to what your next steps should be and will refer you to the correct specialists if necessary. Throughout the entire process, they will patiently answer any questions you may have so that you can make informed decisions about your health.
At BASS, our seven ID physicians are all from The Infectious Disease Doctors Group, APC. They all continue to stay up to date on emerging trends and relevant educational opportunities in the field. As part of this effort, they have completed the Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) offered by the Infectious Disease Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the California Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Initiative. This program educates about the appropriate applications of antimicrobials, which include antibiotic and antifungal drugs, while limiting the negative effects associated with their use, including resistance and toxicity.
Our specialists are also active in the infectious disease community. Locally, they have lead the East Bay ID Society for the last four years and nationally, they have served as past members on the Infectious Disease Society Association (IDSA) Clinical Affairs Committee and currently on the Infectious Diseases Association of California Board of Directors since 2010. Additionally, over the past ten years they have co-authored eight peer-reviewed scientific journal publications.
At BASS, our ID physicians understand that patience and perseverance are critical when diagnosing and managing infectious diseases. Their first priority is high-quality patient care, and they are committed to the health and well-being of their patients. To learn more about what our ID physicians can do for you, or to schedule an appointment, please call at (925) 947-2334.