Carolyn Fernandes, MD, has been appointed to the role of Director of Outpatient Services with the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fernandes has been a member of the ID Division for the the the past nine years and holds the academic rank of Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine. Additionally, she was appointed as Director of the Travel Health Clinic in 2017.
Dr. Fernandes is an outstanding clinician within the ID Division and is one of the major clinicians staffing the inpatient and outpatient ID services. She received the International Society of Travel Medicine’s Certificate in Travel Health® in 2018. For the past four years, she has diligently worked to improve the visibility and functioning of the Travel Clinic, which provides comprehensive medical consultation and destination-specific pre-travel counseling, as well as assessing for travel-acquired illnesses post-travel. One of the clinic’s niche areas is to provide counseling for the medically complicated traveler. She was named as one of Pittsburgh’s Best Doctors in America® in the 2019-2020 List, published in Pittsburgh Magazine. Dr. Fernandes was selected to participate in the yearlong “2020 Leadership Academy for Early Career Faculty” offered by the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Office of Academic Career Development. She has served as the acting Director of Outpatient Services since December 2020.
As Director of Outpatient Services, Dr. Fernandes is charged with overseeing outpatient operations. This will include the General ID, Pittsburgh Area Center for Treatment (PACT), Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT), and Transplant ID clinics as well as outpatient telemedicine clinics, the Endovascular Infections clinic, the Orthopedics ID clinic, and the Travel Medicine clinic when it resumes. She will also have oversight over other outpatient issues including outpatient access and the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) program.
Dr. Fernandes’ achievements in clinical care, teaching, and leadership have enhanced the educational and clinical care missions of the ID Division and the Department of Medicine. She is a critical member of the Infectious Diseases faculty and is an outstanding role model for students, residents, and ID fellows.