Dr. Stephanie L. Baer, infectious disease physician at the Medical College of Georgia and chief of Infection Control and Epidemiology at the Charlie Norwood Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Augusta, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Southern Section of the American Federation for Medical Research.
The interdisciplinary Southern Section of the AFMR, which includes 13 states, Puerto Rico, the West Indies and Central and South America, works to promote research and foster mentorship of junior faculty and residents to ensure the future of medical research.
Baer, whose research interests include infections in veterans and dialysis patients as well as aging, immunocompromised individuals with human immunodeficiency virus, has served as a councilor for the Southern Section since 2016.
Baer is the VA representative and vice chair of Augusta University’s Institutional Review Board, which reviews research protocols that involve humans. At the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center, she is chair of the Infection Control Committee and co-chair of the High Consequence Infection Committee. She is also a member of the Executive Council of Medical Staff and Environment of Care Committee and site director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program.
Baer is a 2003 graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and completed her internal medicine residency and infectious diseases fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine.