Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases provides clinical care to patients with all types of infectious processes in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Eighteen faculty members make up the division. Housestaff participate as integral members of consultation services, where they are part of a team consisting of infectious diseases attending physicians and fellows, medical students and clinical pharmacists.

The Infectious Diseases Division maintains two very active consultation services at VCU Medical — general infectious diseases and transplant infectious diseases. There is also a consultation service at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. The Infectious Diseases Division also provides services at Outpatient clinics including consultation clinics, an HIV clinic and a Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic.

The primary areas of research include health care epidemiology, staphylococcal pathogenesis, antimicrobial pharmacoepidemiology and HIV clinical trials. The division maintains collaborative research relationships with the VCU School of Pharmacy and the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health.

About the Chair

About the Chair

About the Chair

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, FACP is the Chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Bearman is also a Professor of Medicine and the Associate Hospital Epidemiologist at the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. He is a graduate of Colgate University (BA), SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MD) and Columbia University (MPH).

Learn more about Dr. Bearman

Inpatient and outpatient infectious diseases consultation, including second opinions for:

  • Bone and joint infections, including prosthetic joint infections
  • Endocarditis and vascular infections
  • Meningitis and other central nervous system infections
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Fungal infections
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Tropical diseases
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • HIV infection
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections (e.g., MRSA)
  • Fever of unknown origin
  • Mycobacterial infections, including tuberculosis and MAC
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Infectious diarrhea, including fecal transplant for Clostridium difficile
  • Preparation for international travel
  • Outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy

The Division of Infectious Diseases practices at the following locations:

  • Ambulatory Care Center 
    Internal Medicine Specialties Clinic, Fourth Floor
    (804) 828-2161
  • West Hospital 
    Infectious Disease Clinic, Third Floor 
    (804) 828-5915
  • Ambulatory Care Center 
    Travel and Tropical Medicine Clinic, Fourth Floor
    804-828-4515
  • VCU MCV Physicians at Mayland
    3470 Mayland Ct.
    Richmond, VA 23233 
    (804) 527-4540
    Fax: (804) 527-4487

The Division also offers patient care to veterans through the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.

Housestaff are invited to design and/or participate in investigations supervised by infectious diseases faculty as research electives. The primary foci of research in the Division are healthcare epidemiology, HIV clinical trials and the genetic basis of antibacterial resistance in staphylococci.

  • Clinical trials in HIV-infected patients
    Veronica Ayala-Sims, Suzanne Lavoie, Daniel Nixon
  • Global Health  
    Gonzalo Bearman, Michael Stevens, Richard Wenzel
  • Translational virology 
    Daniel Nixon
  • Epidemiology of health care associated-infections 
    Gonzalo Bearman, Michael Climo, Michael Stevens, Richard Wenzel, Edward Wong
  • Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria  
    Gordon Archer, Michael Climo
  • Antimicrobial utilization  
    Michael Stevens
  • Antimicrobial pharmacoepidemiology  
    Amy Pakyz, Ron Polk, Michael Stevens
  • Clinical microbiology 
    Betty Forbes, Chris Doern

Division of Infectious Diseases 
VMI Building, Suite 205
1000 East Marshall Street
Richmond, Virginia 23298
Phone: (804) 828-9711
Fax: (804) 828-3097


Division Contacts

Medicine

Gonzalo Bearman, MD, MPH, MPA
Division Chair and Hospital Epidemiololgist
Phone: (804) 828-2121
Email: gonzalo.bearman@vcuhealth.org

Jane Cecil, MD
Director, Infectious Diseases Educational Programs
Phone: (804) 828-9711
Email: jane.cecil@vcuhealth.org

Oveimar De La Cruz, MD
Phone: (804) 828-9711
Email: oveimar.delacruz@vcuhealth.org

Dan Nixon, DO, PhD
Director, HIV Programs
Phone: (804) 828-9711
Email: daniel.nixon@vcuhealth.org

Julie Reznicek, DO
Director, Orthopaedic Infectious Diseases
Phone: (804) 828-9711
Email: julie.reznicek@vcuhealth.org

Michael Stevens, MD, MPH
Director, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program and Director, Travel and 
Tropical Medicine Clinic
Phone: (804) 828-2121
Email: michael.stevens@vcuhealth.org

Administration

Rebecca Vokes, MHA
Division Administrator
Box 980663
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0111
Phone:  (804) 828-6866
Email: rebecca.vokes@vcuhealth.org