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Infectious Disease Fellowship

Message from the Program Director

The Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at New York University Winthrop Hospital provides outstanding training designed to cultivate leaders in the clinical care, research and prevention of infectious diseases. Since 1980, the Infectious Diseases Training Program continues its tradition of excellence in infectious disease teaching and clinical practice.

This 2-year Infectious Disease Fellowship training program is for you if you are passionate about Infectious Diseases and are committed to achieving clinical excellence in Infectious Diseases. This program is designed to train Infectious Disease consultants for an academic/clinical practice.

Thank you for your interest in the NYU Winthrop Hospital Infectious Disease Fellowship program, please do not hesitate to call out office for further information.

NYU Winthrop Hospital is a 591-bed university-affiliated medical center which proudly offers sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty of medicine and surgery. We are a major regional healthcare resource with a deep commitment to medical education and research, offering a full complement of inpatient and outpatient services. We are also Nassau County’s only American College of Surgeons certified adult Level 1 Trauma Center with full adult and pediatric capabilities.

Rest assured that whatever medical care you or your family may need, NYU Winthrop is committed to a profound guiding principle: “Your Health Means Everything”

NYU Winthrop Hospital has been a focal point of academic medicine on Long Island and is now very proud to partner with the NYU Long Island School of Medicine, a newly LCME accredited, innovative 3-year medical school located on the hospital campus with a mission to educate exemplary physicians and academic leaders in primary care. In addition, we sponsor over 30 medical and surgical residency and fellowship training programs where 300 physicians have chosen to pursue their post-graduate medical education.

NYU Winthrop has a vibrant multi-faceted research program. As part of its mission as a teaching hospital, NYU Winthrop physicians and scientists are engaged in groundbreaking basic and clinical biomedical research.

Ever changing and growing with the diverse community it serves, NYU Winthrop Hospital is, in many ways, a unique institution, simultaneously large and small, regional as well as local. We successfully blend the progressive philosophy, sophistication and advances of a teaching and research institution with a very personal approach to patient care – an approach that has become the cornerstone of our organization.
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  • The goal of the Infectious Disease fellowship program is to optimally prepare our fellows for clinical/academic positions.
  • Our Infectious Disease fellows have a varied and intense clinical experience with extensive one-on-one teaching.
  • Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Control are an important aspect of the program.
  • Outpatient infectious disease training is centered in our ambulatory office facility. In addition to general adult infectious diseases consultation, we have a International Travel Clinic.
  • In addition to our HIV inpatient/outpatient experience, rotations in Pediatric Infectious Disease, Medical Microbiology and Transplant Infections are part of the Infectious Disease training program.
  • An integral part of the Infectious Disease training program is clinical research.
  • NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Infectious Disease Fellowship is an ACG ME accredited 2-year training program that combines clinical experience and clinical research.
  • First Infectious Disease Fellowship Training Program on Long Island (since 1980).
  • National reputation for clinical and teaching excellence in infectious disease.
  • The Infectious Disease fellowship program consists of a broad based clinical infectious disease experience in medical/surgical intensive care units, the medical inpatient service, Emergency Department, Surgical and OB/GYN Services.
  • Extensive clinical exposure also includes surgical infectious disease (including neurosurgical and TCV related infections) tropical infections, infections in compromised hosts and transplant infections.
  • High publication rate by Infectious Disease Fellows.
  • Infectious Disease fellows actively participate in Quality Assurance activities, Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control as well as medical student/house staff teaching.
  • The Infectious Disease Faculty is committed to teaching and mentoring Infectious Disease fellows.
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Diane H. Johnson, MD

  • Chief, Infectious Diseases Division
  • Program Director Infectious Diseases Fellowship
  • Director, Ambulatory Infectious Disease
    Assistant Professor of Medicine
  • Undergraduate Studies: State University of New York School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York (BS Biology)
  • Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont (MD)
  • Medical Residency: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York
  • Infectious Disease Fellowship: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, New York
  • Clinical and Research Interests: STDs, Infections in Women, Prenatal Infections
  • Achievements: Castle Connolly Guide: Best Doctors in the New York Metropolitan Area
  • Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are bolded in pertinent publications)
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Adina Claudia Musta, MD

  • Director, Transplant & Immunocompromised Host Services
  • Medical School: University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Timisoara, Romania (MD)
  • Medical Residency: St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • Infectious Disease Fellowship: St. John’s Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan
  • Transplant Infectious Disease Fellowship: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
  • Clinical and Research Interests: Infections in organ transplant and compromised hosts, MRSA, Legionnaires’ disease
  • Achievements: Jonathan Freeman Scholarship, SHEA/CDC Training Course in Healthcare Epidemiology, Seattle, Washington.
  • Award for Outstanding Resident Research, Department of Internal Medicine, St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, Michigan.
  • Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are bolded in pertinent publications)
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Martin Bäcker, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases Division
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Long ISLAND School of Medicine
  • Medical School: University of Buenos Aires School of Medicine Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Medical Residency: Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Infectious Disease Fellowship: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Achievements: Virginia Mason Memorial Chief of Staff Award, 2018. Virginia Mason Memorial “Most Inspirational Physician” award, 2017
  • Clinical and Research Interests: Interested in broad range of infectious diseases, across the age spectrum, in the immunocompetent and immunocompromised host. Including, but not limited to, HIV infection and its complications, infections with multidrug resistant organisms, tropical diseases and infections in the returning traveler, fever of unknown origin.
  • Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are bolded in pertinent publications)
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Sigridh Muñoz-Gómez, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Infectious Diseases Division
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, NYU Long Island School of Medicine
  • Medical School: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Medical Residency: Metropolitan Hospital, New York, NY
  • Infectious Disease Fellowship: Winthrop-University Hospital, Mineola, NY
  • Achievements:
    • Academic excellence award Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005.
    • Assistant to Chief Medical Resident Metropolitan Hospital 2011-2012
  • Clinical and Research Interests: Fever of Unknown Origin, bacterial and viral infections, HIV, tropical medicine
  • Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are bolded in pertinent publications)
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Leonard Krilov, MD

  • Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease Division
  • Chairman, Department of Pediatrics
  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Undergraduate Studies: Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts (BS – Biology)
  • Medical School: Columbia University, New York, New York (MD)
  • Medical Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Infectious Disease Fellowship: Children’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Clinical and Research Interests: RSV, Lyme Disease, enteroviruses
  • Achievements: Castle Connolly Guide: America’s Top Doctors, National Consultant on RSV for the American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are bolded in pertinent publications)
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Rodger Silletti, PhD

  • Director, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
  • Undergraduate Studies: Manhattan College, Bronx, New York (BS Biology)
  • Graduate Studies: C.W. Post College/Long Island University, Greenvale, New York (M.S. Medical Microbiology)
    St. John’s University, Queens, New York, (PhD., Molecular Biology)
  • Research Interests: Clinical value of laboratory testing
  • Achievements: Board Certified, Clinical and Public Health Microbiology American Board of Medical Microbiology
  • Selected Publications (Infectious Disease fellows names are bolded in pertinent publications)
Infectious Disease Weekly Schedule
Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9 am – 10 am ID Clinic ID Clinic Grand Rounds ID Clinic Travel Clinic
10 am – 11 am ID Clinic ID Clinic ID/OP Clinic ID Clinic ID Board Review for IM Residents
10 am – 10 am ID Clinic ID Clinic Microbiology Plate Rounds
ID Clinic Infection Control Committee
Every 3rd Friday
11 am – 12 pm ID Clinic ID Clinic Microbiology
Lecture Series
ID Clinic  
12 pm – 1 pm ID Journal Club/Case
ID Clinic ID Board Review ID Clinic ID Board Review
1 pm – 6 pm ID/OP Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds
ID Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds
ID Hospital Rounds ID Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds
Travel Clinic
ID Hospital Rounds

All fellows are expected to attend all conferences and lectures Revised 8/7/2015

All meetings are in the Infectious Disease Division Conference Room, (Suite #432), unless otherwise noted

Joseph Chandrankunnel, MD West Islip, New York
Sara Nausheen, MD* Hanford, California
Stephanie Strollo, MD Charlotte, North Carolina
Marianne Laguerre, MD Fort Pierce, Florida
Azfar Chak, MD Raritan, New Jersey
Brian McDermott, DO* Glens Falls, New York
Miled Pherez, MD St. Louis, Missouri
Lawrence Eisenstein, MD† Mineola, New York
Vitaliy Krol, DO Manhasset, New York
Naveed Hamid, MD Orlando, Florida
Eric Hansen, DO Cape May, New Jersey
Venkat Minnaganti, MD* Decatur, Illinois
Subha Parchuri, MD Anderson, South Carolina
Sowjanya Mohan, MD* Augusta, Georgia
Anita Jose, MD Queens, New York
Jean Hage, MD* Urbana, Illinois
Andrew Petelin, MD* New York, New York
Uzma Syed, MD West Islip, New York
Nardeen McKail, MD Setauket, New York
Sigridh Munoz-Gomez, MD* Springfield, Massachusetts
Arthur Gran, MD Smithtown, New York


* Infectious Disease fellow graduates in hospital teaching programs.
† Health Commissioner, Nassau County Department of Health

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s graduate medical education programs create an atmosphere in which cultural and ethnic differences among patients, staff, and house staff are recognized, respected, understood and embraced. Residents participate in the care of a diverse group of patients and have the opportunity to work with colleagues from varied backgrounds. NYU Winthrop aims to bring the best residents, fellows and faculty from all ethnic, racial and gender groups to learn and care for patients in this diverse environment.

House Staff Benefits


Housing accommodations, at heavily subsidized rates, are available in apartment buildings and residential homes within close proximity to the NYU Winthrop Hospital campus. If a member of the house staff requests NYU Winthrop housing and it cannot be provided, a live-off allowance may be provided.


Salaries are highly competitive with other academic medical centers in the New York metropolitan region. Tax deferred annuity is available.

2019-2020 Annual Salary
PGY 1 $68,247
PGY 2 $71,197
PGY 3 $74,272
PGY 4 $77,285
PGY 5 $80,297
PGY 6 $83,310
PGY 7 $86,323


Residents and fellows are provided with three complimentary meals per day, seven days per week, in NYU Winthrop’s full service cafeteria (up to $4.00 for breakfast, $4.50 for lunch and $5.90 dinner).

House Staff Lounge

NYU Winthrop Hospital’s new house staff lounge is accessible 24/7. The spacious and comfortable lounge is equipped with computers, wifi, television, foosball table, lockers, lounge chairs, as well as coffee and tea.


NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows receive four weeks of vacation (20 working days) within each contract year.

Conference Time

PGY 1 level residents are eligible to attend one local conference (New York Metropolitan Area), at the discretion of the Program Director. House staff at the PGY 2 level and above are eligible for one trip, maximum of five consecutive weekdays, to an approved professional conference in the continental United States each year, at the discretion of the Program Director.

Educational Allowance

Reimbursement for allowable educational expenses is available up to a maximum of $75 for PGY 1 residents and $700 for PGY2 and higher residents and subspecialty fellows.

TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program

The TransitChek Commuter Benefit Program is available. This program allows the resident/fellow to deduct pre-tax money to pay for mass transit or commuter parking (up to a predefined maximum).

Additional Benefits Include:

  • Free parking while on duty
  • Prescription medications in the Hospital formulary…free to residents and at cost for eligible dependents
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free laundry service for lab coats and other hospital uniforms
  • Health club membership reimbursement…up to $100 per academic year
  • An “Arts and Humanities” series… complementing your medical education with exposure to music, literature, history and fine arts
  • Graduation dinner gala

Insurance Benefits

Medical and Dental Coverage

NYU Winthrop Hospital is committed to providing residents with a comprehensive benefits program. Benefits include generous medical, pharmaceutical, and dental coverage, as well as flexible spending accounts. Benefits are effective from the first day of residency/fellowship.

Disability Insurance

Residents/fellows are covered by short-term, non-occupational disability insurance (up to six months). To be eligible for disability insurance benefits, one must be on the payroll for a minimum of twenty (20) work days (four consecutive weeks) and unable to work for more than seven (7) calendar days, due an injury or illness that does not arise out of, and in the course of, employment. These benefits, which supplement lost income, are based on salary level and are payable for up to 26 weeks after the employees accrued sick time has been used.

The long term disability benefit begins after six months of short term disability. It pays a monthly benefit for an extended illness or injury. The monthly benefit is offset by benefits from other sources, such as Workers Compensation and Social Security.

Workers Compensation

House staff receive compensation, in accordance with the Workers Compensation Law, for any illness or injury which is job related. Benefits include payment for medical expenses and lost pay.

Family and Medical Leave

In accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, NYU Winthrop Hospital will grant residents/fellows unpaid leave(s) for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. To be eligible, one must have worked 12 months at the Hospital and a minimum of 1250 hours in the twelve-month period prior to the start date of the requested leave. FMLA leave may be granted for the birth, adoption or acceptance for foster care of a child; for the care of a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition; or for the employee’s own serious illness.

Residents/fellows may to return to their training program after a leave of absence, without loss of training status, if their leave does not exceed that allowed by the specialty boards.

Professional Liability Insurance

NYU Winthrop’s residents/fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for the duration of their training through the Hospital’s self-insurance program. Coverage provides legal defense and protection against awards from claims reported or filed after the completion of graduate medical education if the alleged acts are within the scope of the education program.

Life Insurance

Basic Life Insurance is provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow. This benefit equals 1 X the resident/fellow’s annual salary payable to the beneficiary. Residents/fellows may purchase additional voluntary life insurance up to 3X their annual salary (combined basic and voluntary may not exceed $500,000).

Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

Provided by the hospital at no cost to the resident/fellow.

Retirement Plan

A Defined Contribution 403(b) Plan is available for voluntary pre-tax/after-tax contribution.

Employee Health Services

NYU Winthrop Hospital residents and fellows are provided with pre-employment physicals, annual health assessments, and Tuberculosis screenings, as well as vaccines and required health surveillance free of charge through the hospital’s Employee Health Service. In addition, if a member of the house staff becomes ill while at work, he or she will be seen at no charge by an Employee Health practitioner, or by the Emergency Room staff if the Employee Health Service practitioner is not available.

Counseling Services

Free assessment, referral and brief psychotherapy services are available on a confidential basis to members of the House Staff and their immediate families.

Employee Assistance Program & Work/Life Assistance Program

This resource is available to residents/fellows and their family members to assist with:

  • Areas of assistance include: psychological, child care, elder care, daily living, legal/financial, and work-related
  • Confidential
  • No Cost
  • 24/7
  • Managing work/life dilemmas at a personal level
  • Overcoming emotional hurdles
  • Getting performance back on track
  • Immediate crisis response capability

The longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, Long Island stretches over 100 miles from New York City to Montauk Point. A celebrated summer vacation spot, Long Island offers seasonal beauty, professional sports events, art museums and galleries, and fabulous cuisine. Eastern Long Island has gained fame as for its vineyards, and is home to almost 20 wineries. From NYU Winthrop it is a short trip to Manhattan, where you can enjoy world class dining, museums, and endless cultural opportunities. From scenic Atlantic Ocean beaches to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk Point, Long Island has something for everyone.

Convenient access to NY City is available by Long Island Railroad located directly adjacent to NYU Winthrop Hospital. Residents and fellows take advantage of the opportunity enjoy the myriad of cultural, social, and professional activities in New York City. Additionally, NYU Winthrop’s location in central Nassau County allows easy access to spectacular beaches.

The village of Mineola is a wonderful place to live and work. Mineola affords one the opportunity to enjoy the relaxed Long Island lifestyle, while living only 30 minutes away (via LIRR) from the attractions of NYC.

The close vicinity of the hospital, where most of the resident housing is located, is an excellent location for both families and single residents. Aside from a LIRR station leading directly into NYC, the area is surrounded by a quiet residential neighborhood and a large park with sports facilities, open fields, and a local library. The Roosevelt field mall, one of the largest retail centers on Long Island, is located less than a mile away from the hospital along with a large conglomerate of brand name stores and services.

You can also enjoy the wonderful things that Long Island itself has to offer You will find that living in Mineola is a sound choice from the economic perspective. While residents living in large cities incur significant living expenses, Mineola is very affordable.

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Student Rotations

  1. U.S. Medical students
  2. International Medical students
  3. Podiatry Students

Resident and fellow Rotations

Residents and fellows can apply for a rotation with any department by contacting the academic coordinator for that program via email with a copy of your CV and the dates you are requesting for your rotation.

The department will review your CV and let you know if there are any rotation spots available for the time requested. If you are approved for the rotation the Office of Academic Affairs will contact you with the necessary paperwork.


Carole Salvato
Academic Coordinator, Infectious Disease Division
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NYU Winthrop Hospital
222 Station Plaza North
Suite #432
Mineola, NY 11501

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