Dr. Adam Brady Joins Samaritan

Dr Adam Brady has joined Dr. Muth and Dr. Patel in practice at Samaritan Infectious Disease. Dr. Brady recently completed his infectious diseases fellowship at Oregon Health Sciences University having previously completed internal medicine residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center and medical school at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is an Oregon native and a graduate of Oregon State University. He and his family are very excited to be returning to Corvallis.

He will be seeing patients in infectious diseases inpatient and outpatient consultation in Corvallis and performing outreach in local communities. His arrival constitutes a most welcome addition to the practice!

Zika Virus

Zika virus has emerged as a cause of microcephaly in infants born of women infected in pregnancy. Zika was first identified in the 1940's in Africa. Outbreaks occurred subsequently in Oceania and most recently in South America and the Caribbean. It was in Brazil that the association with microcephaly was identified. It is not believed tha competent mosquito vectors exist in Oregon, but travelers infected with Zika are being encountered (Samaritan ID physicians saw first such cases in 2014). Much is not known about this virus, and interested persons and clinicians should regularly review public health resources such as the CDC and the Oregon Public Health Division.

Antimicrobial Stewardship

Antimicrobial resistance is an increasing problem. In some instances of infection there have been frighteningly few, if any, effective antibiotics. To try to slow the spread of resistance many national organizations including the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics are advocating programs of antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals.

Samaritan Infectious Disease physicians in collaboration with hospital pharmacy have an established antimicrobial stewardship program. In instances where inpatient antimicrobial use might be optimized, recommendations are provided to attending physicians for improved antibiotic choices through a process of regular reviews by the ID physicians and ward pharmacists. Improved patient outcomes and the avoidance of "collateral damage " from antimicrobials (i.e., Clostridium difficile infection and antimicrobial toxicity) are goals of this program in addition to trying to slow the advent of antimicrobial resistance.

Spanish Flu - The Great Influenza Pandemic of 1918
Lessons from history

By understanding events surrounding the 1918 “Spanish Flu” Pandemic, clinicians can gain perspective on the potential medical and societal impact of future infectious diseases pandemics. Listen to and view images from Dr. Muth's presentation on this topic by clicking here.

Samaritan ID Featured on Animal Planet

A patient suffering from cutaneous and mucocutaneouse leishmaniasis was cared for by Samaritan Infectious Diseases physicians. His plight was featured on the Animal Planet network show Monsters Inside Me. Click here for a clip from the show (the clip is entitled "Man's Face is Eaten Alive"!).