Northwestern Medicine Infectious Disease

Northwestern Medicine Division of Infectious Disease

We are dedicated to improving the health of those living with acute and chronic infectious diseases.

Northwestern Medicine Division of Infectious Disease

An infectious disease is a disease or illness caused by the presence of a pathogen, or germ, such as a virus, bacteria, fungus or parasite. Infectious disease typically results when the body’s immune system is unable to fight off an invading pathogen or germ for the following reasons:

  • Illness (such as HIV/AIDS)
  • Medications and treatments such as chemotherapy
  • The pathogen or germ is strong enough to overcome even normal body defenses

The Division of Infectious Disease of Northwestern Medicine has been providing quality outpatient care for HIV/AIDS and many other infectious diseases since 1978.

Our mission is to provide high-quality care to persons with all types of infections, conduct research to advance medical knowledge to benefit our patients and community and educate the next generation of healthcare providers.

Services Provided

The Division of Infectious Disease offers the following services:

  • Comprehensive assessment and medical treatment
  • Medication evaluation and teaching by a pharmacist
  • Clinical social work services
  • Patient/family education
  • Home healthcare coordination
  • Consultation with a patient’s primary physician
  • Clinical research studies
  • Infusion therapy services

The Division of Infectious Disease staff includes an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses*, all dedicated to improving the health of those living with acute and chronic infectious diseases.

We are concerned about both the medical aspects of infection and the impact of illness on the emotional well-being of patients and their families.

Many infectious diseases may be transmitted from person to person such as tuberculosis, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), skin infections, HIV infection and other sexually transmitted diseases. Some may be transmitted from animal-to-person such as rabies and cat scratch disease. Many infections, however, may be acquired from the environment or reactivated from exposures that took place years previously.


Please download, print and complete either of the following forms to release or obtain medical records for the Division of Infectious Disease. The requests can be faxed or mailed when completed. Please allow 7 to 10 business days for the completion of your request.

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Specialty Care Center

Division of Infectious Disease

251 E. Huron St.
ninth floor, suite 940
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312.926.8358
Fax: 312.926.9630

Office Hours
Monday–Friday, 8 am–5 pm

Learn more about our Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic and our HIV Program.

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