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Brian Bramson, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases

Specialty Areas

Clinical care of infectious diseases, HIV care, COVID-19

Chronology

BA with distinction: Swarthmore College, 1992; MD: Harvard Medical School, 1999; US Peace Corps Tanzania, 1992-4; MD: Harvard Medical School, 1999; Health Frontiers-Laos, 1999-2000; Resident: Internal Medicine-Pediatrics: University of North Carolina, 2000-2004; Fellow in Infectious Diseases: University of North Carolina 2004-2006; Partners in Health, physician: Neno Rural Hospital, Malawi, 2007; Infectious Diseases physician: Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY 2007-2008; Clinical Director: Wake Health Services, Raleigh, NC, 2008-9; Chief of Adult Medicine: Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham, NC 2009-2011; Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics: University of North Carolina, 2010-present; Clinical Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases: University of North Carolina, 2020-present.

Research Interests

Clinical interests include the care of people living with HIV, including HIV and COVID-19; teaching advanced physical diagnosis skills to medical students and residents in internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine.

Personal Statement

I have spent my career focusing on providing the best clinical care possible to adults and children, wherever they are and whatever their circumstances. In the past that has led me to practice in both urban and rural settings in several countries, including the U.S. Currently my goals are to provide excellent care of hospitalized patients, either as a direct caregiver, or through providing infectious diseases consultative services to my colleagues. I also hope to inspire the next generation of physicians to hone their bedside examination abilities while they are in training, so that they can deploy these skills to help other people, in whatever circumstances they eventually practice.

Bibliography

C. Moore, N. Damari, A. Liles, B. Bramson, “Who you gonna call? Outcomes of a team-based approach to respond to disruptive behavioral issues in hospitalized patients”. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, vol 45:11, Nov 2019; pp 781-785.

“Tactile Fremitus” Society of Bedside Medicine, Five Minute Moment. 2019 weblink

“The Functional Murmur” Society of Bedside Medicine, Five Minute Moment. 2018 weblink

Bradley C Fetzer, Mina C. Hosseinipour, Portia Kamthuzi, Lisa Hyde, Brian Bramson, Kebba Jobarteh, Kristine Torjeson, William Miller, Irving Horrman, Peter Kazembe, Charles Mwansambo Predictors for mortality and loss to follow-up among children receiving antiretroviral therapy in Lilongwe, Malawi. Tropical Medicne and International Health. Vol 14 no 8 pp 1-8. August 2009

The Malawi Pediatric Antiretroviral Treatment Group. “Antiretroviral Therapy for Children in the Routine Setting in Malawi.” transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hydiene. 2007; 101: 511-6

Kourtis A., Bramson B., van der Hoorst C.,Kazembe, P., Ahmed, Y., Chasela C., Hossinipour, M., Knight, R., Lugalia, L., Tegha, G., Joaki, G., Jafali, R., and Jamieson, D. for the BAN Study Team; “Low Absolute Neutrophil Counts in African Infants” Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care, July 2005 (4): 73-76.

Recognitions and honors

Fellows’ Travel Grant: Infectious Disease Society of America’s 43rd Meeting.  Awarded for excellence of submitted abstract. 2005

Robert L. Rey Award. Awarded annually to a medicine resident. “Recognizes a commitment to academic excellence, a compassionate approach to patients, and, most of all, an inspirational effect on others.” Department of Medicine, UNC Hospitals. 2004

Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Elected as a resident by student members. 2004

Certificate of National Appreciation: “In recognition of service to the people of Laos.” Ministry of Education, Lao People’s Democratic Republic. 2000

Ivy Award. “Presented by vote of the Faculty to the man in the graduating class who is the most outstanding in leadership, scholarship, and contributions to the College community.” Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. 1992