As Infectious Disease Specialists we manage patients with complex infectious diseases and requiring rigorous antimicrobial therapy.
We see hospitalized patients primarily at Methodist Hospital, Methodist Womens' Hospital, and occasionally at other area hospitals. We also see patients in our office clinic and infusion center.
Patients are seen by referral from other physicians and healthcare providers. Learn more on our Contact page.
The specialty of infectious diseases, often referred to as ID, covers a broad array of disease.
ID patients have been infected by a bacteria, virus or other microorganism. ID patients are often challenging even for the ID Specialist. Microorganisms are constantly evolving in complexity. Antimicrobial medicines become more specialized. With the emergence of antibiotic resistant bacteria, the challenges are greater than ever.
Many infections can be treated by the primary care physician. However, some patients may be so ill or have a disease so baffling that the primary care physician refers the patient to the ID Specialist. Knowing what disease a patient may have and which antimicrobial therapy to use is a skill developed with years of experience.
Patients referred to Dr. Penn usually fall into one of two categories:
Complex Antimicrobial Treatment: In the first, the patient's disease is known and yet has become so severe or has so failed to respond to standard treatment, as to require a unique regimen of antimicrobial medicines for treatment. An ID Specialist experienced with various diseases and treatments is able to draw on that experience and order the needed antimicrobial treatment.
Difficult Diagnosis: In the second category, the patient's disease is unknown, and Dr. Penn must determine what it is before determining the appropriate treatment for it. Dr. Penn is uniquely skilled at making the difficult diagnosis. Over the years has developed a reputation for these skills.
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants enable the practice of responsible healthcare economics while maintaining high quality patient care.
Dr. Penn's focus is primarily on complex critical patient care and decision making. He is able to maintain this focus with the help of physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
In our hospital practice, PAs and NPs assist Dr. Penn in managing patients, monitoring patient progress and for adverse drug events. They coordinate with the hospital's care managers.
In our office practice, PAs and NPs see patients in our infusion center and office clinic. Our more experienced PAs and NPs follow patients with certain chronic diseases such as Hepatitis C. They often see hospital patients after discharge, making sure they are doing well and continuing to progress.
Dr. Penn is in close contact with the PAs and NPs throughout the day, as they quickly alert him to any adverse patient events.
Over the past 30 years of practice, Dr. Penn has seen, diagnosed, and successfully treated the following diseases:
Antimicrobial (Drug) Resistance
Biodefense and Related Programs
Cellulitis and Erysipelas
Ehrlichiosis and Anaplasmosis
Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
Hansen's Disease (Leprosy)
Herpes (Genital Herpes)
Leprosy (Hansen's Disease)
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
Parasitic Roundworm Diseases
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases
Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Severe Acute Respriatory Syndrome (SARS)
Severe Strep Infections
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI)
Sinus Infection (Sinusitis)
Vaginal Yeast Infection
Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci (VRE)
West Nile Virus