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October 1, 2014

Abstracts to be Presented Focus on Work of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program

NEW YORK, NY (October 1, 2014)  – Investigators at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Montefiore Medical Center will present their latest research on HIV, tuberculosis and more at Infectious Diseases (ID) Week 2014. In addition to disease-specific findings, Einstein-Montefiore clinicians will detail innovative work by the Montefiore/Einstein Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) to promote more judicious antibiotic prescribing.

Liise-anne Pirofski, M.D., chief of the division of infectious diseases at Einstein and Montefiore, will also deliver the Maxwell Finland lecture on Thursday, October 9, 5:00 p.m. The title of her lecture is: “Why isn’t my patient getting better: Revisiting the disease in infectious diseases.” Dr. Pirofski, who also holds the Selma and Dr. Jacques Mitrani Chair in Biomedical Research at Einstein, will also participate in a special symposium on Cryptococcosis, presenting “Rethinking Susceptibility to Cryptococcosis” on Wednesday, October 8, 2:00 p.m.

ID Week will take place October 8 – 12 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Poster presentations will include:

  • Building Bridges: Improving Antibiotic Prescribing in the Emergency Department. Poster presentation by Theresa Madaline, M.D., attending physician, Infectious Disease, Montefiore, and assistant professor, Medicine, Einstein. Abstract # 228, Session # 39. Thursday, October 9, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. IDExpo Hall
  • Lessons Learned from Early Implementation of Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-ToF MS) with Antimicrobial Stewardship, A Pilot Study. Poster presentation by Connie Park, M.D., research fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Montefiore. Abstract # 164, Session # 39. Thursday, October 9, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. IDExpo Hall
  • Changing the Culture: Spreading the Stewardship Message to a New Campus. Poster presentation by Julie Williamson, PharmD, Clinical Pharmacy Manager, Montefiore. Abstract #238, Session # 39. Thursday, October 9, 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  IDExpo Hall
  • Missed Opportunities for HIV Prevention at an Integrated Hospital System in Bronx, NY. Poster presentation by Alisha Liggett, M.D., attending physician in Department of Family Medicine, Montefiore. Abstract #1521, Session #196. Saturday, October 11, 12:30 –  2:00 p.m. IDExpo Hall
  • Tolerability, Adherence and Completion of New Occupational HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Regimens (Tenofovir + Emtricitabine and Raltegravir). Poster presentation by Izona Bock, M.D., research fellow in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Einstein. Abstract #936, Session #114. Friday, October 10, 2014, 12:30 – 2 p.m. IDExpo Hall BC

Einstein-Montefiore investigators are available to speak about their research and other topics of interest upon request.

IDWeek 2014 is an annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). With the theme “Advancing Science, Improving Care,” IDWeek features the latest science and bench-to-bedside approaches in prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and epidemiology of infectious diseases across the lifespan. For more information, visit