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Who we are

The Infectious Disease Program uses a multidisciplinary approach, working as a team to evaluate, diagnose, treat and provide follow-up care. Board-certified specialists consult on patient cases with physicians in medical programs throughout Northwell Health. Among the specially trained professionals in infectious disease at Northwell are:

  • Board-certified specialists in internal medicine, OB/GYN, hematology (blood), and other medical specialties
  • Nurses, nurse practitioners and physician’s assistants
  • Pharmacists
  • Nutritionists
  • Psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers
  • Health educators
  • Outreach workers

What we treat 

We provide comprehensive care to patients with acute (sudden) or chronic (long-lasting) infections of all types. 
The following are just a few of the many infectious diseases we treat:

  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Botulinum toxin and botulism
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Infectious mononucleosis
  • Influenza/swine flu/human parainfluenza viruses
  • Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Parasitic infections
  • Parvovirus B19
  • Streptoccocal infections
  • Tetanus

About infectious diseases

Infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms (such as bacteria, viruses or parasites) that can cause disease. Not all infectious diseases have a cure, but most are treatable or preventable.

Different types of infectious disease can spread in different ways:

  • Contact with a person who has an infection
  • Bites from insects or animals that carry an infectious organism
  • Ingestion of contaminated food or water
  • Environmental exposure to an infectious organism

Our leadership

Bruce Frederick Farber, MD

Chief of Division - Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Long Island Jewish Medical Center

Chief of Division - Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, North Shore University Hospital

Specialties: Infectious Disease
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