Hooked on ID

Hooked on ID


Healio Interviews

December 25, 2021
2 min read

‘Almost like you’re a detective’: Clinicians explain how they got Hooked on ID


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For years, we have been asking you to tell us why you chose a career in infectious diseases, a specialty whose importance has hardly been more apparent. We continue to be captivated by the stories you tell.

Below are the 12 submissions that we published in 2021. To read every submission we have published in the last 3 years, you can visit the “Hooked on ID” resource center at Healio.com.

Tell us your story by emailing infectiousdisease@healio.com with the subject line “Hooked on ID.” We look forward to hearing from you.

Ravina Kullar, PharmD, MPH, FIDSA

It’s almost like you’re a detective when you’re in infectious diseases because you have to figure out, first of all, if there is an infection and then what organism is causing the infection. Read more.


Peter Chin-Hong, MD

I was 6 years old, growing up in the Caribbean in a rural area, running around the beach and then being anxious because I was worried that I would get hookworm. Read more.


Trini A. Mathew, MD

I remember my parents going to investigate a rinderpest outbreak in cattle while I was growing up in Nigeria. Read more.


Richard F. Jacobs, MD

As early as I can remember, science, history and fiction captured my interest. In college and medical school, microbiology/immunology fascinated me. Read more.


Gregory A. Poland, MD, MACP, FIDSA, FRCP

I got hooked as a resident in 1982 when, in short order, I saw a man with tetanus, an infant with Haemophilus influenzae type B meningitis who lost his hearing and one admission after another with influenza A. Read more.


Aaron J. Tande, MD

My initial fascination with infectious diseases began as it did for many others: through the influence of my parents and exposure through books. Read more.


Myron Cohen, MD

Like a newborn duckling, I imprinted. I liked every rotation in medical school (especially surgery and obstetrics), but from day one, I was meant to be an ID specialist. Read more.


Karen A. Mello, MD

I chose ID as a medical specialty because of the intellectual stimulation and investigative nature that accompanies the study of microbes within humans. Read more.


Christina M. Marra, MD

At the end of my neurology residency, I had the opportunity to do a fellowship in infectious diseases and to participate in studies of the neurological complications of HIV. Read more.


Darcy Wooten, MD, MS

I was originally drawn to comparative literature and wanted to be a high school English teacher. During sophomore year, we found out that my mom had been chronically infected with hepatitis C virus from a prior blood transfusion. Read more.


Melanie A. Thompson, MD

HIV captured me during my first clinical rotation in medical school, early in the Plague Years, around the same time that AIDS was getting its name from CDC. Read more.


Kenneth M. Kaye, MD

My first infectious diseases paper was published when I was 7 months old. Before I was even capable of creating memories and while I was still crawling, my relationship with infectious diseases was off and running. Let me explain! Read more.