I have evolved from a long standing interest in urinary tract infections to interstitial cystitis (IC), which from all available evidence is NOT an infectious disease. This is a disease comprising bladder pain, urinary urgency, urinary frequency, and nocturia, 90% of patients are women, and the etiology is unknown.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, my colleagues and I have four objectives in our investigations of interstitial cystitis:
1) To determine risk factors for IC in a nation-wide case control study seeking exposures antecedent to onset of symptoms.
In the process of investigating these aspects of IC, we are attempting to understand its relationship with several non-bladder diseases which appear to be epidemiologically associated with IC: systemic lupus erythematosis, panic attacks, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Clinical Speciality:I continue to be excited about the variety of infectious diseases patients encountered at University Hospital and attend, on an inpatient basis, two to three months a year.