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Infectious Disease Fellowship Faculty

Maher Alchreiki, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine
Areas of Interest: General infectious diseases
Fellowship: Medical College Of Georgia
Residency: The National Hospital, Latakia, Syria and Richmond University Medical Center, Staten Island, NY
Areas of Interest: General infectious diseases
Medical School: University of Tishreen Faculty of Medicine - Latakia, Syria

Marvin J. Bittner, MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA
Professor of Medicine & Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Chief of Infectious Diseases and Deputy Chief of Staff, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
Fellowship Training Program Director
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Areas of Interest: Travel medicine, infection prevention, and clinical epidemiology
Fellowship: University of Minnesota
Residency: University of Michigan
Medical School: Harvard Medical School
Awards: Distinguished Research Career Award - Creighton University School of Medicine, Walter J. O’Donohue, Jr. Award - Nebraska Chapter, American College of Physicians

Selected Publications

  1. VanderWeg MW, Perencevich EN, O’Shea AMJ, Jones MP, Sarrazin MV, Franciscus CL, Goedken CC, Baracco GJ, Bradley SF Cadena J, Forrest GN, Gupta K, Morgan DJ, Rubin MA, Thurn J, Bittner MJ, Reisinger HS. Effect of frequency of changing point-of-use reminder signs on health care worker hand hygiene adherence. A cluster randomized clinical trial. JAMA Netw Open. 2019;2(10):e1913823. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.13823. PMID: 31642930
  2. Bittner MJ, Routh JM, Folchert MD, Woessner NE, Kennedy SJ, Parks CC. Hand hygiene among health care workers: Is educating patients and families a feasible way to increase rates? WMJ [Wisconsin Medical Journal]. 2017;116:79-83.
  3. Bittner MJ, Rich EC, Turner PD, Arnold WH. Limited impact on handwashing frequency in an adult intensive care unit of sustained simple feedback based on soap and paper towel consumption. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2002(Mar);23(3):120-126. 

Rima El-Herte, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease.
Areas of Interest: Virology, CMV
Fellowship: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; and American Universify of Beirut Medical Center.
Residency: University of Iowa-Des Moines and American University of Beirut Medical Center.
Medical School: Lebanese University Faculty of Medical Sciences, Lebanon.

Gary Gorby, MD
Professor of Medicine & Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Chief of Medicine, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Healthcare System
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Areas of Interest: Pathogenesis of gonococcal infections, teaching through technology, natural language engines, biopreparedness
Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine
Residency: North Carolina Baptist Hospital
Medical School: Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine

John Horne, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Areas of Interest: Antimicrobial stewardship, telestewardship
Fellowship: Creighton University School of Medicine
Areas of Interest: Antimicrobial stewardship, telestewardship
Residency: Banner University Medical Center
Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University, Chicago Medical School
Awards: Course/Clerkship Director Teaching Award - Creighton University School of Medicine

Neil Mendoza, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Areas of Interest: Infections in immunocompromised host
Fellowship: University of Rochester
Residency: Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, AZ
Medical School: Dartmouth Medical School

David Quimby, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, CHI Infection Prevention
Board Certification: Infectious Diseases
Areas of Interest: Immunocompromised host infections, fungal infections, joint infections
Fellowship: University of Illinois at Chicago/University of Chicago joint fellowship program
Residency: University of Illinois at Chicago
Medical School: University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Undergraduate: University of Florida (Go Gators!)

Maureen R. Tierney, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Clinical Research and Public Health
Chair, Department of Clinical Research
Areas of Interest: Public health, medical ethics, antimicrobial resistance
Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital 
Residency: New York Hospital/Cornell
Medical School: Cornell Medical College
Undergraduate: Fordham University

Manasa Velagapudi, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Areas of Interest: HIV, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis
Fellowship: Creighton University School of Medicine
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center North Division
Medical School: Mamata Medical College
Awards: James F. Sullivan Award - Department of Medicine, Dedicated Teacher Award - Creighton University School of Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Rajendraprasad S , Cheriyan A , Renna S , Goodman M , Destache C , Velagapudi M. Clinical Features and Outcomes of COVID-19 in People Living with HIV: A Single-Center, Age-Matched Cohort Study of Hospitalized and Clinic Patients. J HIV AIDS Infect Dis 2021(8):102.  
  2. Qasim A, Mansour M, Kousa O, Awad D, Abuhazeem B, Millner P, Velagapudi M. A case of coronavirus disease 2019 in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome patient: a case report and review of the literature. Intractable Rare Dis Res. 2020 Nov;9(4):256-259. doi: 10.5582/irdr.2020.03081. PMID: 33139986
  3. Nguyen M, Bendi VS, Guduru M, Olson E, Vivekanandan R , Foral, Velagapudi M. Postpartum Inavsive Group A Streptococcus infection: A Mini review. Cureus 2018 August 22;10(8). doi:10.7759/cureus.3184.PMID: 30364777
  4. Velagapudi M, Onaiwu C ,Gupta V, Anthone J, Bricker L,Vivekanandan R. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Encephalitis in HIV Patients .J Neurol Disord 2016, 4:8 DOI: 10.4172/2329-6895.1000314 
  5. Velagapudi M, Ratnaraj F, Krishnan M, Gujjula NR, Gorby G, Foral PA, Bendi VS and Vivekanandan R. Otogenic Temporal Lobe Abscess: A Mini review. J Spine Neurosurg 2016, 5:6 doi: 10.4172/2325-9701.1000271.

Renuga Vivekanandan, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Adult Infectious Diseases, Creighton University School of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Strategy and Accreditation, Creighton University School of Medicine
Medical Director for Antimicrobial Stewardship CHI
Hospital Epidemiology Creighton University Medical Center CHI Health
Board Certifications: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Areas of Interest: Gender and Health Care equity
Fellowship: Creighton University School of Medicine
Residency: University of Nebraska Medical Center
Medical School: Medical University of the Americas

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Contact Us

Kelsie Gurule
Program Coordinator
Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Creighton University
Education Building
7710 Mercy Road, Suite 602
Omaha, NE 68124-2354

PH:402.280.4318
Fax:402.280.5165
kelsiegurule [at] creighton [dot] edu

Program Director


marvin [dot] bittner [at] va [dot] gov (Marvin Bittner, MD, MSc, FACP, FIDSA, FSHEA)
Professor
Chief of Infectious Diseases, VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System

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