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George M. Viola, MD MPH

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Internal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

2010 The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, MPH, Epidemiology
2002 Universidad Maimonides, Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Argentina, MD, Summa Cum Laude, Medicine

Postgraduate Training

1/2013-6/2013 Clinical Safety & Effectiveness Program, Session 18, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Doris C. Quinn, PhD
7/2009-6/2010 Chief Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Barbara W. Trautner, MD
7/2007-6/2010 Clinical Fellowship, Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, Barbara W. Trautner, MD
7/2005-6/2007 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY, Ethan Fried, MD
7/2004-6/2005 Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, New York, NY, Ethan Fried, MD

Board Certifications

11/2012 American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
10/2010 American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases
8/2007 American Board of Internal Medicine

Experience/Service

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Committee Chair, Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, Division of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases Case Management Meeting, Houston, TX, 12/2010-present

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Infection Control, Main and Core Group, 12/2013-present
Elected Member, Faculty Senate, 9/2011-present

Professional Memberships

American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, PA
Fellow, 5/2011-present
American Medical Association, Chicago, IL
Member, 12/2004-12/2006
American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC
Member, 5/2012-present
European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Geneva, Switzerland
Member, 1/2014-present
Harris County Medical Society, Houston, TX
Member, 2/2011-present
Infectious Diseases Society of America, Arlington, VA
Member, 7/2007-present
Texas Medical Association, Austin, TX
Member, 2/2011-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Szvalb AD, Raad II, Weinberg JS, Suki D, Mayer R, Viola GM. Ommaya Reservoir-Related Infections: Clinical Manifestations and Treatment Outcomes. J Infect 68(3):216-24, 3/2014. e-Pub 12/2013. PMID: 24360921.
2. Torres HA, Rallapalli V, Saxena A, Granwehr BP, Viola GM, Ariza-Heredia E, Adachi JA, Chemaly RF, Marfatia R, Jiang Y, Mahale P, Kyvernitakis A, Fanale MA, Mulanovich V. Efficacy and safety of antiretrovirals in HIV-infected patients with cancer. Clin Microbiol Infect. e-Pub 2/2014. PMID: 24529214.
3. Viola GM, Raad II, Rolston KV. Breast Tissue Expander-Related Infections: Perioperative Antimicrobial Regimens. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 35(1):75-81, 1/2014. e-Pub 11/2013. PMID: 24334802.
4. Viola GM, Rosenblatt J, Raad II, Darouiche RO. Comparison of Bacterial Adherence to Titanium versus Polyurethane for Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices. Am J Cardiol 111(12):1764-6, 6/2013. e-Pub 3/2013. PMID: 23523061.
5. El Helou G, Hachem R, Viola GM, El Zakhem A, Chaftari AM, Jiang Y, Tarrand J, Raad II. Management of Rapidly Growing Mycobacterial Bacteremia in Cancer Patients. Clin Infect Dis 56(6):843-6, 3/2013. e-Pub 12/19/2012. PMID: 23254418.
6. El Helou G, Viola GM, Hachem R, Han XY, Raad II. Rapidly Growing Mycobacterial Bloodstream Infections. Lancet Infect Dis 13(2):166-74, 2/2013. PMID: 23347634.
7. Viola GM, Awan LL, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Chan W, Darouiche RO. Infections of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices: A Retrospective Multicenter Observational Study. Medicine (Baltimore) 91(3):123-30, 5/2012. PMID: 22543626.
8. Viola GM, Zu Y, Baker KR, Aslam S. Epstein-Barr Virus-Related Lymphoproliferative Disorder Induced by Equine Anti-Thymocyte Globulin Therapy. Med Oncol 28(4):1604-1608, 12/2011. e-Pub 8/2010. PMID: 20680523.
9. Siddiq DM, Koo HL, Adachi JA, Viola GM. Norovirus Gastroenteritis Successfully Treated with Nitazoxanide. J Infect 63(5):394-397, 11/2011. e-Pub 8/2011. PMID: 21839773.
10. Viola GM, Darouiche RO. Cardiovascular Implantable Device Infections. Curr Infect Dis Rep 13(4):333-342, 8/2011. PMID: 21484218.
11. Bhatt VR, Viola GM, Ferrajoli A. Invasive Fungal Infections in Acute Leukemia. Therapeutic Advances in Hematology 2(4):231-247, 8/2011.
12. Viola GM, White AC, Serpa JA. Hemorrhagic Cerebrovascular Events and Neurocysticercosis: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Am J Trop Med Hyg 84(3):402-405, 3/2011. PMCID: PMC3042815.
13. Viola GM. Extreme Hypoglycorrhachia: Not Always Bacterial Meningitis. Nat Rev Neurol 6(11):637-641, 11/2010. e-Pub 9/2010. PMID: 20842184.
14. Viola GM, Sutton R. Allergic Fungal Sinusitis Complicated by Fungal Brain Mass. Int J Infect Dis 14(Suppl 3):299-301, 9/2010. e-Pub 6/2010. PMID: 20627788.
15. Viola GM, Awan LL, Darouiche RO. Nonstaphylococcal Infections of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices. Circulation 121(19):2085-2091, 5/2010. e-Pub 5/2010. PMID: 20439783.
16. Viola GM, Narasimhan S, Kielhofner MA. Diffuse Centripetal Vesicular Rash. Kaposi Varicelliform Eruption (KVE). Clin Infect Dis 50(1):84, 119-120, 1/2010. PMID: 20001522.
17. Viola GM, Mansouri MD, Nasir N, Darouiche RO. Incubation Alone is Adequate as a Culturing Technique for Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices. J Clin Microbiol 47(12):4168-4170, 12/2009. e-Pub 10/2009. PMCID: PMC2786629.
18. Florescu D, Viola GM, Doi Y, McKinley G, Polsky B. Frontolobular Cystic Mass and Hydrocephalus in Woman with Headache and Lethargy. Applied Neurology 3(4):35-37, 4/2007.
19. Florescu D, Viola GM, Doi Y, McKinley G, Polsky B. An Unusual Case of Neurocysticercosis. Infections in Medicine 24(1):36-38, 1/2007.

Invited Articles

1. McConn KK, Viola GM. Tuberculosis Screening: Prevention in the Patient with Immunosuppression. JAAPA 25(4):29-30, 4/2012. PMID: 22506333.

Abstracts

1. Cha AR, Viola GM, Stavropoulos C, Polsky B. Gemella Morbillorum Bacteremia Associated with Crohn’s Disease. The Infectious Disease Society of New York. 1st Annual Fellow’s Scientific Competition. New York, New York (#1), 5/2005.
2. Florescu D, Viola GM, Doi Y, McKinley G, Polsky B. An Unusual Case of Neurocysticercosis. The Infectious Disease Society of New York. 1st Annual Fellow’s Scientific Competition. New York, New York (#20), 5/2005.
3. Florescu D, Viola GM, Modrykamien AM, McKinley G, Polsky B. Dental Abscess Complicated by Sinusitis, Retro-orbital and Frontal Lobe Abscess. The Infectious Disease Society of New York. 1st Annual Fellow’s Scientific Competition. New York, New York (#21), 5/2005.
4. Florescu D, Sandkovsky U, Viola GM, Tsveniashvili L, Polsky B, Sharp V. Mixed Hepatitis C Genotype in HCV/HIV Coinfected Patients. The 43rd Annual Meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), San Francisco, California (#825), 10/2005.
5. Viola GM, Zu Y, Baker KR, Aslam S. Unusual Case of Epstein-Barr Virus Monoclonal Plasmacytic Post-Transplant Lymphoproliferative Disorder Three Years after an Autologous HSCT. The Second Infections in Cancer Symposium, Houston, Texas (#36), 2/2008.
6. Viola GM, Mansouri MD, Darouiche RO. Incubation Alone is Adequate for Culturing Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices. The Baylor College of Medicine Department of Medicine Annual Research Symposium, Houston, Texas, 4/2009.
7. Viola GM, Mansouri MD, Darouiche RO. Incubation Alone is Adequate for Culturing Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices. The 49th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), San Francisco, California (#D757a), 9/2009.
8. Viola GM, Awan LL, Darouiche RO. Non-Staphylococcal Infections of Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices. The Baylor College of Medicine Department of Medicine Annual Research Symposium, Houston, Texas, 4/2010.
9. Viola GM, Awan LL, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Chan W, Darouiche RO. Infections of Cardiac Rhythm Management Devices: A Retrospective Multicenter Observational Study. The 48th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), Vancouver, Canada (#371), 10/2010.
10. Viola GM, Awan LL, Ostrosky-Zeichner L, Chan W, Darouiche RO. Infections of Cardiac Implantable Electronic Devices. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Medicine Research Retreat, Houston, Texas (#C36), 5/2011.
11. El Helou G, Adachi JA, Viola GM. Temozolomide and Disseminated Tuberculosis. The 2011 Annual Meeting of the Texas Infectious Diseases Society, San Antonio, Texas, 6/2011.
12. Viola GM, Rolston KV, Baumann DP. Tissue Expander-Related Infections: Perioperative and Empiric Antimicrobial Therapy. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Medicine Research Retreat, Houston, Texas (#C51), 5/2012.
13. Baumann D, Viola G, Selber P, Garvey P, Mohan K, Reece G, Rolston K, Crosby M. Emerging Trends in Infectious Complications in Tissue Expander Breast Reconstruction: Are the Causative Bacteria Evolving?. The 4th European Plastic Surgery Research Council, Hamburg, Germany (#LOP48), 8/2012.
14. Szvalb AD, Weinberg J, Suki D, Mayer R, Viola GM. Ommaya Reservoir Related Infections. Third Infections in Cancer Symposium, Houston, Texas (#23), 5/2013.
15. Viola GM, Rolston KV, Baumann DP. Tissue Expander-Related Infections: Perioperative and Empiric Antimicrobial Therapy. The 52nd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), San Francisco, California (#K-252), 9/2012.
16. Rosenblatt JS, Reitzel R,, Dvorak T, Jiang Y, Jamal MA, Viola GM, Raad II. Bioabsorbable, In Situ Melting, Antimicrobial Film for Reducing Tissue Expander Infections. The 113th General Meeting, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Denver, Colorado (#569), 5/2013.
17. Szvalb AD, Weinberg J, Suki D, Mayer R, Viola GM. Ommaya Reservoir-Related Infections: Clinical Manifestations and Treatment Outcomes. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Medicine Research Retreat, Houston, Texas (#C32), 6/2013.
18. Torres HA, Rallapalli V, Saxena A, Granwehr BP, Viola GM, Ariza-Heredia E, Marfatia R, Jiang Y, Adachi JA, Chemaly RF, Mahale P, Shelburne S, Mulanovich V. Efficacy and Safety of Antiretrovirals in HIV-Infected Patients with Cancer. The 53rd Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC), Denver, Colorado (#H-1255), 9/2013.
19. Rosenblatt J, Hachem R, Reitzel R, Viola GM, Raad I. Synergistic, Meltable Antimicrobial Wrap for Reducing Tissue Expander Infections in Patients with Breast Reconstruction. The 2013 ID Week, San Francisco, California (#1337), 10/2013.
20. Szvalb AD, Weinberg J, Suki D, Mayer R, Viola GM. Ommaya Reservoir-Related Infections: Clinical Manifestations and Treatment Outcomes. The 2013 ID Week, San Francisco, California (#1426), 10/2013.
21. Hachem R, Chaftari AM, El Zakhem A, Viola GM, Granwehr BP, Gagel A, Jiang Y, Alshuaibi M, Raad I. Efficacy and Safety of Telavancin in the Treatment of Gram-Positive bloodstream Infections in Cancer Patients. The 2013 ID Week, San Francisco, California (#702), 10/2013.
22. Viola GM, Pomierski E, Baumann DP. Breast Tissue Expander Infectious Diseases Clinic. The 2013 Celebrating Improvement, Houston, Texas, 10/2013.
23. Rosenblatt J, Viola GM, Reitzel R, Jamal M, Raad I. Biocompatibility of an In Situ Melting, Completely Bioabsorbable, Antimicrobial Wrap for Preventing Tissue Expander Infections Following Breast Reconstructive Surgeries. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Medicine Research Retreat, Houston, Texas (#C20), 5/2014.
24. Viola GM, Adachi JA, Ariza-Heredia E, Yang W, Crosby M, Villa MT, Butler CE, Kronowitz S, Clemens MW, Selber JC, Baumann DP. Breast Tissue Expander-Releated Infections: A Standarized Multidisciplinary Approach to Salvaging the Implant. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Medicine Research Retreat, Houston, Texas (#C42), 5/2014.
25. Viola GM, Rosenblatt J, Reitzel RA, Jamal M, Raad I. Antimicrobial Synergy of Sodium Mercaptoethane Sulfonate (MeSNA) and Minocycline/ Rifampin (M/R) in an In Situ Melting, Bioabsorbable, Antimicrobial Wrap for Preventing Tissue Expander Infections Following Breast Reconstructive Surgeries. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Division of Medicine Research Retreat, Houston, Texas (#B29), 5/2014.
26. Ariza-Heredia E, Gulbis A, Kebriaei P, Stolar K, McConn K, Mulanovich V, Viola GM, Chemaly R. Compliance with Post-Hematopoietic Stem Cell Tranplantation Vaccination Consensus Guidelines. The 24th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Barcelona, Spain (#Oral Presentation), 5/2014.
27. Viola GM, Adachi JA, Ariza-Heredia E, Yang W, Villa MT, Butler CE, Kronowitz S, Clemens MW, Selber JC, Baumann DP. Breast Tissue Expander-Releated Infections: A Standarized Multidisciplinary Approach to Salvaging the Implant. The 24th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID), Barcelona, Spain, 5/2014.

Last updated: 4/28/2014