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Infectious Disease

Video: Experimental Phage Treatment Saves A Life

UC San Diego Health physicians have successfully used an experimental therapy involving bacteriophages — viruses that target and consume specific strains of bacteria — to treat a patient near death from a multidrug-resistant bacterium.

UC San Diego Health's board-certified infectious disease specialists offer expert consultations to diagnose and manage all types of diseases caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. 

Most of our services require a referral from another physician, typically a person's primary care provider.

Conditions Treated

  • Bloodstream infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Cardiac infections, including endocarditis
  • Gastrointestinal infections, including Clostridium difficile infections
  • HIV/AIDS at the Owen Clinic
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Intra-abdominal infections
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections
  • Post-surgical infections, such as prosthetic joint infections and wound infections
  • Sexually-transmitted infections, such as herpes, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia
  • Skin and soft-tissue infections
  • Tuberculosis
  • Tropical diseases, such as malaria
  • Urinary tract infections, including recurrent infections and those caused by drug-resistant bacteria

Other Services

We also offer:

In addition, our infectious disease specialists work closely with our cancer and organ transplant teams to prevent and effectively treat complicated infections when they do arise.