Dr. Debra Tristram Appointed Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases


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Dr. Debra Tristram Appointed Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

August 27, 2012 - Albany , NY

ALBANY, N.Y., August 27, 2012-Debra Tristram, M.D., an expert in pediatric infectious diseases, has been named chief of the division of pediatric infectious disease in the Department of Pediatrics at Albany Medical Center.

Dr. Tristram served most recently as the head of pediatric infectious diseases and director of the pediatric HIV program at Eastern Carolina University.  She has published and lectured extensively on a wide range of subjects.  In her new position, she will treat patients and oversee research and clinical activities, including residency training.  Her research interests focus on improving access to vaccines and new drugs for children.

"Dr. Tristram is an accomplished infectious disease specialist with a tremendous dedication to excellence in both patient care and research," said Vincent Verdile, M.D., dean of Albany Medical College and executive vice president for health affairs at Albany Medical Center.  "She also is a graduate of Albany Medical College who we are proud to welcome back to Albany Med."

A graduate of Albany Medical College, she received her fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases at the SUNY Health Science Center at Syracuse, and has held hospital and faculty appointments in Syracuse and the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She also has served as the director of the pediatric infectious disease program at Eastern Carolina University.

Dr. Tristram, a native of Garrison, NY, is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.

As chief of the division, Dr. Tristram will be replacing Martha Lepow, M.D., who established the division 34 years ago and served as its chief during her entire tenure, as well as serving as acting chair and chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

While Dr. Lepow will continue to see patients and provide consulting services to physicians in the community, she will devote more time to undergraduate teaching and her work to promote increased vaccination for all ages and HIV screening for adolescents and young adults. She also will be volunteering in the International Learning and Exchange Program at the University of Costa Rica School of Public Health through the University of Albany School of Public Health, Center for Global Health.

"Dr. Lepow is a gifted physician who has been a tremendous mentor to generations of medical students," Dr. Verdile said. "We are grateful for her decades of service and are extremely pleased that she will remain an important member of the Albany Med and Capital Region communities."

The pediatric infectious disease division at Albany Med provides outpatient and inpatient care for the evaluation and management of children and adolescents with conditions including recurrent fevers, skin infections, and Lyme disease, as well as evaluation of children traveling to and from foreign countries.  Albany Med's subspecialty board certified pediatric infectious disease specialists are the only pediatric infectious disease specialists in the 22 counties of northeast New York. 
Albany Medical Center, northeastern New York's only academic health sciences center, is one of the largest private employers in the Capital Region. It incorporates the 651-bed Albany Medical Center Hospital, which offers the widest range of medical and surgical services in the region, and the Albany Medical College, which trains the next generation of doctors, scientists and other healthcare professionals.  It also includes a biomedical research enterprise and the region's largest physicians practice with 350 doctors. Albany Medical Center works with dozens of community partners to improve the region's health and quality of life. For more information: www.amc.edu or www.facebook.com/albanymedicalcenter.


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