M.D., Universidad Central de Venezuela
Internal Medicine Residency, Universidad Central de Venezuela
Research Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Clinical Fellowship (Immunosuppressed Host Track), University of Texas Medical School-Houston, Houston, Texas
AIDS Fellowship, University of Texas Medical School-Houston, Houston, Texas
My interests in mycology are primarily clinical. During my training in Infectious Diseases at MD Anderson Cancer Center (under the supervision of Elias Anaissie, MD), I became involved in clinical trials focusing on studies of new antifungal agents and the epidemiology of fungal infections in immunosuppressed cancer patients. During my subsequent clinical fellowship at the University of Texas Medical School-Houston, I worked closely with Dr. John Rex on clinical studies of patients in the surgical ICU and in the AIDS clinic. These clinical studies included investigations of serial retinal examinations for early diagnosis of invasive candidiasis and impact of antiretrovial therapy in HIV-positive prisoners.
My current work focuses primarily on the care of immunosuppressed patients, and especially HIV-infected patients. I am interested in all aspects of invasive fungal infections in this setting. I particularly enjoy teaching infectious diseases to students and houseofficers in our training programs.