Infectious Disease

On July 12, the infectious disease office will be relocating to 7900 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 304.
New phone number: (260) 458-3600
New fax number: (260) 458-3601

H1N1, bird flu and West Nile. These diseases have filled the news the past few years and have impacted our lives. But should an infectious disease touch you personally, the infectious disease specialists at Lutheran Medical Group can help.

These physicians have extensive training in all kinds of infections, including those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Infectious disease specialists are also trained in immunology (how the body fights infection), epidemiology (how infections spread) and infection control. Generally, infections are initially diagnosed by primary care physicians or internal medicine specialists.

The services of the infectious disease team are called for when:
  • Fever raises suspicion that the patient may have a serious infection
  • Fever causes complications with treatment
  • The disease cannot be definitively diagnosed after an initial workup
  • The patient has a weak immune system due to another condition
  • The infectious agent is of an uncommon nature (such as a tropical diseases)
  • The disease has not responded to first-line antibiotics
  • The disease might be dangerous to other patients, and the patient might have to be isolated.

Treatments consist of medicines - typically antibiotics - that help fight the infection and prevent it from recurring. Medication may be given in the form of pills, liquids or administered directly via an IV, which can be administered in an outpatient facility or in the patient's home under the supervision of a home health nurse, eliminating the need for hospitalization.


Meet the Infectious Disease Physicians

Lutheran Medical Group physicians are accepting new patients unless otherwise noted.
Nikkiya Fraser
MD
April Morrison
MD
Emmanuel Okon
MD
Suzanne Smith-Elekes
DO

Meet the Infectious Disease NPs/PAs & others

Lutheran Medical Group NPs and PAs are accepting new patients unless otherwise noted.
Desire Green
NP
Susan Heckley
NP
Jacqueline Scher
NP
 
Infectious Disease Physicians

Infectious Disease NPs/PAs & others

Services

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