This week on MD for Moms, I’ll be interviewing NYC Infectious Disease specialist Dr. Dalilah Restrepo about common summer infections and what to do about them. Summer means being outdoors, playing in the grass or sand, and having fun. But, being in nature also means exposure to ticks and mosquitos, which can carry diseases.
What can parents do to reduce the chance of a tick bite, and how can we safely get rid of that tick if it’s stuck on our little one? What are common signs and symptoms of Lyme disease and what should we do if anyone in the family might have it? We will also explore the current Zika situation and where we can travel safely at this point, along with much more.
Dr. Restrepo grew up in NYC later moved to Colombia where she earned her medical degree from Universidad Libre in Cali , Colombia. She returned to the United States, where she completed her residency in internal medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst Hospital Center. She then completed a fellowship in infectious disease at the Mount Sinai Hospital.
As a young attending she helped establish the Travel Medicine Clinic in NorthWell Hospital – Division of Infectious Diseases in Manhasset Long Island.
In 2008, she joined a private ID group affiliated with Saint Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. In 2016 she joined AIDS HEALTHCARE Foundation as Medical Director of two of their healthcare centers in the NY area- Queens & Columbus Circle.
She is board certified in infectious disease by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is a member of the American Academy of HIV Medicine and the International Society of Travel Medicine. Dr. Restrepo’s clinical interests include HIV/AIDS, STD’s, Hospital -acquired infections and travel medicine.
Dr. Restrepo is an infectious disease physician with vast experience in inpatient and ambulatory infectious diseases consultative services including ambulatory and inpatient HIV care and Infections in the Immunocompromised Host. She has a particular interest in travel medicine and tropical illnesses in the returned traveler.
In addition to serving her patients, she is the clinical supervisor of fellows, residents and students at Mount Sinai Saint Luke’s– Mount Sinai West Hospital. She enjoys giving back to her community and has participated in many volunteer activities and educational forums for patients.
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