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photo Sarah Welsh Burgdorf, MD, PhD

Infectious Diseases

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine


Education and Training
BA in Chemistry and French, Bryn Mawr College, 2003
MD, PhD, UC - San Diego School of Medicine, 2014
Internal Medicine Residency, UC - San Diego, 2016
Infectious Diseases Fellowship, UC - San Diego, 2019
Research Interest
I completed my M.D./Ph.D. at UC San Diego with a dissertation that focused on the molecular virology of human cytomegalovirus. During my clinical training in internal medicine and infectious diseases, I was especially struck by the high morbidity and mortality associated with severe invasive bacterial infections and sepsis, often in the face of appropriate antibiotic therapy. This inspired me to expand upon my graduate training in molecular virology to bacterial host-pathogen interactions and experimental therapeutics during infectious diseases fellowship at UC-San Diego, where I explored the synergies between antibiotics and innate immunity in optimizing outcomes for Staphylococcus aureus and other resistant pathogens.
Clinical Interest
My clinical interests include treatment of complicated and invasive bacterial infections such as multi-drug resistant bacterial infections and Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. I am also interested in the emergence of antibiotic resistance as a global problem and the use of novel therapeutics and antimicrobial stewardship as ways to combat this.
Notable Achievements
Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America, 2016 - present, 2016