We are very pleased to announce several new faculty members who are joining the ID Division. As we have discussed, the Division is rapidly expanding its expertise and reach through Tele-ID services that are administered by ID Connect. As a consequence, the types of faculty appointments have also expanded to include casual, part-time and full-time appointments with varying effort on Tele-ID and in-person services. As you can see below, this flexibility has proven to be very attractive to faculty applicants across the spectrum of experience, ranging from new fellowship graduates to very experienced clinicians. We will schedule “virtual” meet-and-greet sessions for new faculty and also set up an intranet to facilitate communication among local and remote faculty. Please take a moment to reach out to our new faculty. They very much want to feel connected to our Division as we do to them! Because of the virtual/remote nature of current life, we will be reaching out to the current faculty to ask for volunteers to serve as a primary “friend/mentor” for each new faculty member.

Sarah Burgdorf, MD, PhD, joins us at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. Sarah earned her PhD at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) in 2012 and her MD in 2014. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at UCSD in 2016 and Fellowship in ID in June 2020. Sarah received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service award (F30) from the National Institutes of Health/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH/NHLBI) from 2007 through 2012. She has participated in hospital-wide antimicrobial stewardship programs and has specialized in the care of bone marrow transplantation (BMT) and solid organ transplantation (SOT) recipients and patients living with HIV-AIDS. Sarah will support the Tele-ID and Tele-Stewardship services and round on the General/Surgical ID service. She can be reached at: burgdorfsw@upmc.edu.

Julia Kang Cornett, MD, joins us at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. Julia earned her MD in 2005 from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS) in June 2010. Since fellowship she served as Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at RWJMS, Rutgers University. Julia cared for patients on the general ID and oncology services and in an outpatient office, with focus on HIV, PrEP and hepatitis. She also served on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee and as ID faculty contact for LGBT medical care. She was a Co-investigator on two New Jersey Department of Health grants. Julia will support the Tele-ID services. She can be reached at: cornettjk@upmc.edu.

Linda Nabha, MD, MS, joins us at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. Linda earned her MD in 2007 from Georgetown University School of Medicine and remained at Georgetown to complete her Internal Medicine Residency and Infectious Diseases Fellowship. Linda has been an Attending Physician in Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine at the Price Medical Clinic in Washington, DC, as well as an Attending Physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Travel Medicine at Georgetown University Hospital.  Linda will support the Tele-ID services. She can be reached at: nabhal@upmc.edu.

Suzanne J. “Suzi” Templer, DO, FACP, FIDSA, joined us as a member of the General/Surgical and Tele-ID teams on June 15, 2020. We are recommending her appointment to the rank of Clinical Associate Professor. Suzi graduated from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM). She completed an Osteopathic Rotating Intership at PCOM transferring to Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) to complete her Internal Medicine Residency. Suzi joined the University of Chicago’s Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program after which she returned to LVHN as an Attending Physician. In 2012, Suzi joined the University of South Florida’s (USF) SELECT Program at the rank of Assistant Professor and was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2018. She joined Nova Southeastern University to serve as a Learning Community Mentor in May 2018. Suzi can be reached at: templersj@upmc.edu.

Alex Trzebucki, MD, joins us at the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. Alex earned his MD in 2013 from New York Medical College. He completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Stanford University Medical Center. During his residency training, Alex was named the Yale/Stanford J&J Global Health Scholar in Kampala, Uganda. He accepted an appointment as an Attending Physician/Clinical Instructor in Hospital Medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center from July 2016 to July 2018. He entered the Infectious Diseases Fellowship program at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, NY, in July 2018 and has just completed his training. Alex will support the Tele-ID and Tele-Stewardship service and round on the General and Surgical ID services. He can be reached at: trzebuckiam@upmc.edu.

Please join us in welcoming Sarah, Julia, Linda, Suzi and Alex!