Keeping up with C. diff

The more you know, the less you know.

Michael Tan, M.D. (’99), FACP, FIDSA, professor of internal medicine at NEOMED, shared that takeaway advice to an audience in Watanakunakorn Auditorium and on Zoom during the 2023 Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, M.D., Lectureship in Medicine Wednesday, April 5.

During his talk, titled “Evolution of Treatment of C. difficile Infection,” Dr. Tan noted “the more you learn about something, the more you learn that you don’t really know anything about it,” referring to new permutations that arise, necessitating continually changing treatment standards.

Dr. Tan is lead physician for Summa Health Medical Group-Infectious Disease and assistant medical director at SummaCare. A practicing infectious disease specialist, his primary research interests include participation in multi-centered controlled trials of new and novel treatments for C-diff infection, skin and soft tissue infection, and pneumonia.

The Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, M.D., Lectureship in Medicine is named for the late physician of Youngstown, Ohio, whose family in 2004 presented NEOMED with what at that time was the largest charitable gift in the University’s history. Dr. Watanakunakorn was hospital epidemiologist and chief of infectious diseases at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown as well as a professor of internal medicine at NEOMED.

Watch the 2023 Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, M.D., Lectureship in Medicine

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