UMKC School of Medicine / University Health Truman Medical Center
David Bamberger, M.D.

Professor, Years 3-6 Docent, Vice-chairman, Educational Affairs - UMKC School of Medicine, Section Chief, Infectious Diseases - UMKC School of Medicine, Medical Director - Kansas City Health Department STD Clinic, Medical Director, Occupational Health - University Health
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Infectious Disease
UMKC School of Medicine, University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Infectious Diseases

Bamberger, David
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James Stanford, M.D.

Associate Professor, Years 3-6 Docent, Medical Director - Infection Prevention
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Infectious Disease
UMKC School of Medicine, University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
Stanford, James
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UMKC School of Medicine / Saint Luke's Hospital
Joseph H. Brewer, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medical Director of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, Saint Luke's Hospital
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Infectious Disease
Saint Luke's Hospital
Brewer, Joseph H.
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Paul Jost, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Infectious Disease
Saint Luke's Hospital

Specialties and Research/Medical Interests

Infectious Diseases

Jost, Paul
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Cynthia Essmyer, M.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor, Director - Microbiology Laboratory
Department(s) of Pathology
Saint Luke's Hospital
Essmyer, Cynthia
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Masako Mizusawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Medical Director Clinical Microbiology Laboratory
Department(s) of Internal Medicine
Section: Infectious Diseases
University Health - UMKC Health Sciences District
Mizusawa, Masako
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Application Information

Applicants must be eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine Certifying Examination and apply for a permanent Missouri medical license. The fellowship program selects the most qualified candidates regardless of race, sex, creed, color, national origin, handicap or age.

A completed application form through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) must include:

  • A personal statement
  • A letter of recommendation from the program director
  • Two letters from faculty
  • USMLE I & USMLE II transcripts (or COMLEX for Osteopathic applicants)
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Based upon the above criteria, a personal interview may be scheduled. Final selection or ranking of candidates are made by the Infection Diseases Selection Committee. Criteria utilized by the committee for selection are academic achievement, clinical competence, moral and ethical qualities, compassion, social responsibility, collegiality, and enthusiasm.

Please refer any additional questions or comments to the Fellowship Coordinator (information at left)

Hospital Affiliates

On Hospital Hill

tmchh08_200wUniversity Health Truman Medical Center
This Level I trauma center, located in the inner city, offers a range of primary medical and surgical services.

cmh08_200wChildren’s Mercy Hospital
This pediatric hospital receives patients from a six-state area and features such specialty services as a bone marrow transplant unit, a neonatal and pediatric intensive care unit, and a burn unit.

In the Plaza area

stlukes08_200wSaint Luke’s Hospital
This tertiary referral center offers many specialized centers including solid organ and bone marrow transplantation. The Mid America Heart Institute has an international reputation for its diagnostic and treatment programs in cardiovascular diseases.

Program Overview

Clinical Training

Fellows provide patient care and consultation for hospitalized and ambulatory patients with infections caused by a wide array of pathogens. Fellows develop expertise in the care of patients with infections related to surgery or trauma, immunosuppression due to transplantation, malignancy, or HIV, and sexually transmitted infections. During the fellowship, fellows spend about half of their inpatient clinical time at each of the two major UMKC teaching hospitals in adult medicine:  University Health Truman Medical Center and Saint Luke’s Hospital.  A month of inpatient pediatric infectious diseases is provided at Children’s Mercy Hospital. On all inpatient services, attending rounds are made daily by a member of the faculty with the fellow, residents and students. Under the supervision of faculty members, the fellow serves as a consultant to the medical service as well as to other services within the medical centers. The fellow also supervises and teaches medical residents and medical students assigned to the infectious diseases service. Outpatient experience is obtained in the infectious diseases clinic at University Health Truman Medical Center. Here the fellow will evaluate patients referred for outpatient consultation. Continuity of care for HIV-infected patients is also provided at this clinic. To enhance a fellow’s understanding of clinical microbiology, the first month of the fellowship is spent in the clinical microbiology laboratory learning diagnostic laboratory procedures. The fellow is instructed in currently used diagnostic techniques in bacteriology, virology, mycology, serology, and parasitology and has opportunities to perform such procedures.

Typical first year schedule includes:

  • 8 months adult infectious diseases consult service
  • 1 month microbiology laboratories
  • 2 months research
  • 3 weeks vacation
  • 1 week meetings/CME

Typical second year schedule includes:

  • 8 months adult infectious diseases service
  • 1 month pediatric infectious diseases service
  • 2 months research
  • 3 weeks vacation
  • 1 week meetings/CME


Clinical Conference: Monthly conference organized by the ID fellows. Fellows present an in depth review of an infectious diseases topic.

Citywide Infectious Diseases Conference: Monthly clinical conference at which outstanding cases seen by ID physicians throughout the Kansas City area are discussed.

Clinical Microbiology Conference: Monthly review of clinically applicable microbiology topics.

Journal Club: Monthly review of clinically relevant articles in infectious diseases. Both faculty and fellows participate.

Immunocompromised Host Conference: Monthly conference focusing on infections in transplant patients, AIDS and other forms of immunosuppression.

Infectious Diseases Curriculum Conference: Weekly review of assigned topics

RESEARCH CONFERENCE: Monthly review of ongoing research by fellows and faculty.

Committees & Courses

Hospital Epidemiology / Infection Control: Fellows are active participants of the hospital epidemiology/infection control committee

Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee: Fellows are active members of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee at Truman Medical Center. Through their participation, fellows are involved in guideline development and education of residents and attending staff.

Formal Courses: A medical decision making course that emphasizes evidence-based principles and biostatistics is offered to fellows.
Fellows are required to complete the IDSA/SHEA Infection Control Fellows Course.



During the first year, fellows become familiar with the research activities of the Infectious Diseases Section through attendance at research seminars and conferences. Fellows select a faculty preceptor and an area of research; the trainee and preceptor develop a research project the trainee can pursue during their fellowship. Trainees generally have four months of research time divided over the two-year fellowship. The process proceeds with the advice and oversight of the Program Director. The major research interests of the faculty are in the areas of HIV, antimicrobial activity, and health resource utilization. Additional basic and clinical research opportunities are available to fellows through collaboration with other departments within the university.

Infectious Diseases Fellowship


The Infectious Diseases Training Program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine provides fellows with inpatient and outpatient training in the evaluation and management of patients with a broad variety of infectious diseases. Our two-year program trains physicians to become outstanding clinicians in infectious diseases. Fellows are also provided with an opportunity to perform high-quality research. Our program features experiences in three settings: an urban city-county hospital; a tertiary referral hospital; and a major pediatric hospital. The subspecialty training program is fully accredited by the American College of Graduate Medical Education, and fellows who successfully complete the program are eligible for the subspecialty examination in infectious diseases administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Fellows are generally admitted to the program after three years of residency in internal medicine.

Thank you for your interest in our program.
With warm regards,
David Bamberger, MD, FACP, FIDSA
Professor of Medicine
Section Chief and Program Director of Infectious Diseases
UMKC School of Medicine