Texas Infectious Diseases Society COVID-19 Virtual Symposium

Zoom Meeting
1:00 pm-5:30 pm

Friday, August 7, 2020

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1:00 pm - 5:30 pm      
Zoom Meeting
Friday, August 7, 2020

Due to the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, we were unfortunately not able to host our normal in-person meeting earlier this month. However, we believe there is a great interest and need for ID clinicians from across the state to receive expert guidance and updates on the latest regarding the epidemiology and management of this disease in a variety of settings. 

 Continuing Education Statements

Continuing Medical Education (MD/DO):

The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 


The Long School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Certificate of Attendance (PA, NP, RN, PharmD, PhD, Trainees, etc.):
Healthcare professionals will receive a certificate of attendance and are asked to consult with their licensing board for information on applicability and acceptance.


Registration has closed.
If you would like to register for the recorded lecture at a later date, please click here.

*Registrants that pay the $50 registration fee will receive a certificate: 1) Physicians (MD/DO) will receive a Certificate of Credit (AMA PRA Category 1 Credit) and, 2) Other learners (PA, NP, RN, PharmD, PhD, Trainees, etc.) will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

If you have questions regarding the type of certificate (credit vs. attendance), please contact the Office of CME at cme@uthscsa.edu .


Symposium Agenda 

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Course Director & Speakers


Dr. Patterson is the Staff Physician STVHCS and Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) and Director, San Antonio Center for Medical Mycology, a large multi-disciplinary group.  For the past 30 years, his laboratory has focused on infections in immunocompromised hosts particularly invasive mycoses and resistant pathogens particularly on new antifungal agents and diagnostic strategies of these infections. 


Dr. Okulicz is a Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and has academic appointments at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, University of the Incarnate Word Feik School of Pharmacy, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Since 2009, Dr Okulicz has also served as Director of the USAF HIV Medical Evaluation Unit.


Dr. James “Brad” Cutrell is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He serves as the Fellowship Program Director for the adult Infectious Diseases Fellowship at UT Southwestern. He also is the Medical Director of Antimicrobial Stewardship at UT Southwestern Hospitals and Clinics.  He is currently the President-elect for the Texas Infectious Diseases Society. He also serves on several national educational committees with IDSA and SHEA.


Dr. Ponce is an Assistant Professor of Infectious Diseases at UT Health San Antonio. His usual clinical responsibilities include serving as the Director of Transplant ID at the University Transplant Center and the Medical Director of the Kind Clinic, a nonprofit clinic focused on STI testing and treatment, HIV prevention, and HIV care. Since the advent of the COVID epidemic he has been a site co-investigator on the NIH ACTT and ACTIV clinical trials at UT Health San Antonio. He is the COVID ID liaison to the Hospital Medicine service, helping to develop the University Hospital treatment protocols, and is a regular attending on the inpatient COVID ID consult service.


Mr. Eric Lam is a senior director on Sg2’s Custom Solutions team. He has worked on a variety of engagements, focusing on service line evaluation and strategic planning, enterprise growth planning, facility forecasting, customized research, post-acute care development, partnership evaluation, and strategic visioning for providers.


Dr. Madeleine McDowell is the Principal and Medical Director of Quality and Strategy at Sg2. She provides thought leadership in quality in collaboration with experts across the Vizient and Sg2 organization, and she partners with member health systems as a strategic advisor and health care industry expert in market strategy, quality and analytics.


Dr. Ank Nijhawan is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Infectious Diseases. She sees patients and conducts research in the inpatient setting, the outpatient clinic and at the Dallas county jail. Her overarching research focus is on advancing the HIV care cascade through improving transitions of care for vulnerable HIV-infected individuals, specifically the transition from the inpatient setting to the outpatient clinic as well as from incarceration to the community.


Dr. Bedimo is the Chief of Infectious Diseases Section at the VA North Texas Health Care System and Professor of

Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He's currently a member of the DHHS

guidelines panel for COVID-19 treatment. He's also the leader of a Clinical Research Site of the AIDS Clinical Trials

Group (ACTG). Dr. Bedimo has been actively involved in HIV and general infectious diseases clinical care and

research since 2003. His research interests include rates and determinants of chronic complications of HIV disease.


Mari Robinson is the Director of Telehealth with the University of Texas Medical Branch and in that role she is assisting with the roll out of the Virtual Health Network, a project to link all UT systems medical campuses to allow for the shared provision of telemedicine throughout the state.  She is also the Director of the newly created Medical Technology Resource & Education Center (MTREC), which provides training and support in the area of medical technology. She presently serves as a committee member of the HHSC eHealth Advisory Committee, as well as a board member of the TexLa Telehealth Resource Center.


Dr. Menachery is an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch studying coronaviruses and host immunity. His research program focuses on two related research areas:  1) emergence and infection by novel coronaviruses and 2) the role of host factors/co-morbidities in coronavirus infection and disease outcomes. Together, these research areas have the potential to produce critical insights with implications for global public health and treatment of human disease. 


Dr. Arasaratnam is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Geographic Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.  He currently serves as a clinician-educator and his clinical care predominantly entails management of infectious diseases in immunocompromised patients including solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.


Exhibit Opportunity

Exhibitor Registration
We invite you to participate in the Texas Infectious Diseases Society COVID-19 Virtual Symposium produced in cooperation by the Texas Infectious Diseases Society and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Don’t miss this opportunity to interact with infectious diseases physicians from around the State of Texas. Exhibitor opportunities are limited due to time. We anticipate approximately 75- 100 attendees representing Infectious Disease physicians, nurse practitioners, Fellows, and PharmDs in both private and public practices from around the state. We have space for approximately 5 exhibitors at this event which will be assigned on a first come basis. Please contact Celeste Rodriguez at 210-567-4627 as soon as possible to reserve your space. 

Friday, August 7, 2020: 1:00 pm – 5:30 pm—COVID-19 Virtual Symposium


Exhibit Description and Cost
There is only one type of virtual exhibit space available, which will include two breaks and opportunities to meet participants virtually. Exhibitors can use only the image/logo of the company whose name appears on the face of the exhibit application. No exhibits or advertising will be allowed beyond the perimeters sessions. Exhibit "space" will be assigned in the order they are requested. Sale of products or services during the symposium exhibits is prohibited. We ask Exhibitors to provide any videos or material they would like participants to view or click on - this material will be displayed throughout the breaks. We ask Exhibitors to provide a zoom meeting link for participants to join in a live interaction with the participants through the break. This link will be shared, along with contact info so that participants may be able to contact exhibitor.


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