Global Zika Emergency Spurs Multidisciplinary Response at Johns Hopkins

Marianne Aiello, August 31, 2016

A hospital-based program formed to coordinate the care of Zika patients concentrates several specialties under one roof.

A hospital-based program formed to coordinate the care of Zika patients concentrates several specialties under one roof. An online center supports the effort, and reaches out to international patients.

Johns Hopkins Medical Center has opened a center to provide multidisciplinary care for people infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus and the Baltimore-based health system hopes to attract international patients to the unique care setting.

The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Zika Center gathers several specialties—epidemiology, infectious diseases, maternal-fetal medicine, ophthalmology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, physiotherapy, psychiatry, and social work—at one site to provide comprehensive care for patients infected with the virus.

"Patients will no longer be required to travel to multiple centers for care relating to Zika virus," William May, MD, associate professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute, said in a media release. "Physicians and staff members in various departments at Johns Hopkins will be available to provide comprehensive care to patients within one institution."

Marianne Aiello

Marianne Aiello is a contributing writer at HealthLeaders Media.

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