74157. Advocate Testimonials
Session: Meet-the-Professor Session: Advancing ID and HIV Priorities:  Making the Case to Policymakers
Friday, October 5, 2018: 7:45 AM
Room: S 155
Russell Petrak, MD, FIDSA, FSHEA, Metro Infectious Diseases Consultants, LLC, Burr Ridge, IL, Maximo Brito, MD, MPH, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL and Yury J. Parra, MD, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Jefferson Family Medicine Associates, Philadelphia, PA

Russell M. Petrak is a board certified infectious disease specialist practicing in the Chicago area. He is one of the founding members and managing partner of Metro Infectious Disease Consultants, L.L.C. (MIDC), a 110 member fully integrated ID group servicing 100 hospitals and 22 offices. Founded in 1994, MIDC provides comprehensive infectious disease services including inpatient and outpatient consultation, traveler’s immunizations, and outpatient antibiotic therapy throughout Northern Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Alabama, and Arizona. Dr. Petrak was trained at Rush Medical College and completed his internship, residency, and fellowship in infectious disease at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. His first six years of practice were spent as teaching faculty at a Westside Chicago hospital before being appointed Academic Director of Medicine. As such, he served as program director for several residency programs, and directly supervised the subspecialty departments of internal medicine. In 1994 he left this role to start MIDC. In 1997, he became a member of the Clinical Affairs Committee of IDSA, and served as Chairman from 2000-2003. He remains an active member of the IDSA Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Task Force, and was recently the lead author of an article entitled “The Value of an Infectious Disease Specialist”.For the past 15 years, Dr. Petrak has been invited to speak at the annual IDSA Fellows Meeting, where he has lectured on topics such as, “How to Interview for an ID Job”, and “The Art of Infectious Disease Consultation”.

Max Brito is an Associate Professor of Medicine and the Director of Urban Global Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on HIV prevention and tropical infectious diseases.


R. Petrak, None

M. Brito, None

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