Richard A Martinello MD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) and of Pediatrics; Chief Consultant, Clinical Public Health, Veterans Health Administration

Research Interests

Pathogenesis of respiratory virus infections; Epidemiology of respiratory viruses

Current Projects

  • Development of molecular tools to investigate influenza transmission
  • Molecular epidemiology and evolution of respiratory syncytial virus
  • Development of informatics tools to identify healthcare associated infections due to methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Research Summary

Dr. Martinello's research interests include the molecular epidemiology and transmission of respiratory viruses, specifically respiratory syncytial virus and influenza. In addition, Dr. Martinello investigates the epidemiology, impact and transmission of healthcare associated infections including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Clostridium difficile and ventilator associated pneumonia.


Selected Publications

  • Gunderson CG, Martinello RA. A Systematic Review of Bacteremia in Cellulitis and Erysipelas. Journal of Infection 2012;64(2):148-55.
  • Fink S, Martinello RA, Campbell S, Murray TS. Low Prevalence of Heterogeneous Vancomycin Intermediate Staphylococcus aureus among Connecticut Veterans. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2012;56(1):582-3.
  • Schult T, Awosika E, Hodgson M, Martinello RA. 2009 Influenza Pandemic Impact on Sick Leave Use in the Veterans Health Administration: Framework for a Health Care Provider–Based National Syndromic Surveillance System. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 2011;5:S235-241.
  • Benin AL, Learsy-Cahill D, Das R, Kancir S, Welch B, Martinello RA. Veterans’ perception of urgency due to influenza vaccine shortage and its impact on vaccination, 2004-2005. Human Vaccines 2009;5(4):237-41.
  • Martinello RA. Preparing for avian influenza. Current Opinion in Pediatrics 2007;64-70.
  • Martinello RA, Esper F, Weibel C, Ferguson D, Landry ML, Kahn JS. Human metapneumovirus and exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Journal of Infection 2006;53:248-254.

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