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The Penn State Health Approach to Infectious Disease

Infectious disease specialists at Penn State Health offer complete care to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses caused by bacteria, viruses and other pathogens. We also make sure you know how to protect yourself and your family and prevent the spread of contagious diseases.

As central Pennsylvania’s only academic medical center, we’re at the forefront of infectious disease care. We use the latest diagnostic tests and treatments, backed by clinical research and innovation, in partnership with Penn State College of Medicine. You work with experienced, knowledgeable infectious disease experts who provide advanced care — for even the most complex and rare infectious diseases. 

It’s comforting to know you have an expert team on your side — dedicated specialists who use leading approaches to prevent and treat infectious illnesses.

Complete Care for a Full Range of Infectious Diseases

We provide complete care for infectious diseases in people of all ages, including kid-friendly services for children. We have advanced expertise in HIV/AIDS and travel-related illnesses.

We offer a full spectrum of care, from immunizations before a trip to expert care in the hospital for severe infections. Our infectious disease experts have advanced experience identifying and treating a full range of infectious diseases. We develop a treatment plan to relieve your symptoms and help you feel better as quickly as possible. And, we give you essential information to protect yourself and those around you. You get complete care and support from a highly trained team.

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Our Experts in Infectious Disease Care

Our physicians, nurses, and social workers form multidisciplinary teams to provide comprehensive services in the diagnosis and medical management of infectious diseases.

Care Team: Staff

The following staff members are part of the Division of Infectious Diseases

First Name Last Name Role
Laurel Dubble Attending Nurse; HIV Clinical Care Team Attending Nurse
Norman Fennimore HIV Clinical Care Team Behavioral Specialist
Janice Powers Attending Nurse;  HIV Clinical Care Team Attending Nurse
Tina Cornelius HIV Clinical Care Team LPN
Michael  Witmer HIV Clinical Care Team Case Manager (LCSW)
Elaine Davis Attending Nurse
Tina  Garman Clinical Program Coordinator
Deborah Easterday Administrative Staff
Rosalee Frederick Administrative Staff
Kathy Seitzinger Administrative Staff

Why Choose Penn State Health for Infectious Disease Care

People across Pennsylvania come to us for leading-edge preventive care, diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases.

Advanced Care for Infectious Diseases

Penn State Health is known for advanced medical expertise. As an academic medical center, we see patients with even the most complex and rare diseases. That means you work with an experienced team that’s knowledgeable about your condition. Families choose us for our:

  • Advanced expertise in all types of infectious disease and complete care in one place
  • Proven experience treating HIV/AIDS, with our cross-functional team approach that brings together doctors, nurses, nurse coordinators, dietitians and substance abuse/prevention counselors to ensure complete care and support
    • In 2018, our HIV/AIDS program was awarded additional funding for medical case management. Medical case management provides support outside of the clinic to help meet clients’ basic needs such as food and housing so our patients can better focus on their health. These support services are provided to eligible individuals in the following counties:
      Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntington, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry and York.
  • Dedicated travel medicine services that offer up-to-date information, vaccines and antibiotics for business travelers, students, missionaries and vacationers
  • Convenient locations throughout central Pennsylvania and Berks County, all with access to the wealth of knowledge, resources and expertise available at Penn State Health
  • Specialized services, such as physicals for newly adopted foreign children and evaluation and treatment of chronic fatigue and immunity-related problems

Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You

Our doctors, nurses and other care providers work as a team to ensure you get individual attention and comprehensive care. We’re experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of infectious diseases, including complicated, unusual or difficult-to-manage infections.

We work closely with other providers, such as specialists in family medicine, lung care, allergy and immunology, urology, nutrition, social work and more. You get coordinated care based on your needs.

Infectious Disease Research and Clinical Trials

Our specialists are continually seeking new ways to prevent and treat infectious diseases, including AIDS. We also perform basic lab research to enhance our knowledge of the pathogens that cause disease. Learn more about our clinical trials.

Related Services and Treatments

Conditions Treated

  • Anthrax
  • Bloodstream infections (sepsis)
  • Coronavirus (SARS, COVID-19)
  • Dengue fever
  • Endocarditis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Hepatitis
  • Legionnaires’ disease
  • Lyme disease
  • Malaria
  • Meningitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Rabies
  • Smallpox
  • Typhoid fever
  • Urinary tract infections
  • West Nile virus

Support Groups

Support groups provide an opportunity to share your feelings and connect with other patients and caregivers who are experiencing similar struggles.

Learn more about support groups offered

Convenient Locations

Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.

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