Ascension St. John Hospital Infectious Diseases Fellowship





Leonard Johnson, MD

Chief, Dept. of Infectious Diseases and Program Director

Riad Khatib, MD


Mamta Sharma, MD

Medical Director, Infection Control

Ashish Bhargava, MD


Zachary Levine, MD


Meredith Coyle, MD 


Miriam T. Levine, MD


Kathleen Riederer, MT (ASCP)

Manager, Infectious Diseases Research

Louis D. Saravolatz, MD

Chief, Department of Medicine

Muthayipalam C. Thirumoorthi, MD

Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Rand S. Farjo, MD

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Faculty  



Educational Program

Ascension St. John Hospital offers a two-year training program in Infectious Diseases.   Our training program offers a broad training  including immunocompromised patients, HIV, Hepatitis B&C,  travel medicine,  and transplant experience.  Fellows also have rotations in Pediatric Infectious diseases, Microbiology, infection control, and Antimicrobial Stewardship.

Training is divided as follows:

  • Adult ID - 12 months
  • Infection Control
  • Pediatric ID - 1 month
  • Microbiology -  2 weeks 
  • Bone Marrow Transplant - 1 month
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship
            Research - 8 months


Inpatient Rotations

Clinical rotations are spent on the main campus with the exception of bone marrow transplant service which is located at the Karmanos Cancer Center.  During these rotations, the trainees work with senior medical students and rotating residents and are supervised by our full-time faculty with emphasis on education. Experience in Pediatric Infectious Diseases is acquired during  a rotation on our Pediatric Infectious Diseases service and through our conferences.


Ambulatory Care Facilities Experience

Throughout training, continuous outpatient clinic experience is maintained with two half-days per week. Our outpatient facilities adjoin the hospital and provide convenient arrangements for proper and timely outpatient practice. During outpatient settings, trainees are supervised by the teaching faculty and topics relevant to outpatient practice are discussed. 


Infection Control

Trainees gain progressive experience in the methods of infection control, surveillance, outbreak investigation and analysis of infection rates. During  the ongoing Epidemiology rotation in the second year, trainees are assigned an epidemiological problem to solve under the direction of our hospital epidemiologist and present the results to the Infection Control Committee. Trainees are also provided an opportunity to attend one of the CDC-sponsored epidemiology courses to complement training in infection control.



During the first year, trainees are assigned to work on a project with one of the faculty. During this year, emphasis is placed on gaining experience in different microbiological and immunologic methods utilized in our research projects. During the second year, trainees are encouraged to pursue an independent research project supervised by an attending physician. Additionally, trainees are encouraged to participate in supervising medical residents in their research project and help them in preparing an abstract for presentation at the Associates meeting of the American College of Physicians. Trainees are expected to present  at our annual Michigan Infectious Diseases Society, as well as at the annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society. 

Antimicrobial Stewardship


Apply for Infectious Diseases Fellowship

All applicants for an ID Fellowship need to apply through the online ERAS program,  Applications need to be completed, submitted and will be accepted through ERAS ONLY, once the ERAS Program opens for fellowships in July 2018. The last date that applications will be accepted is November 1, 2018.


Contact Information

 Deborah LaBuda Spampinato

Medical Education Department Ascension St. John Hospital
22101 Moross Road
Detroit, Michigan 48236 313-343-3802