Tuberculosis Consultation

Background

Tuberculosis experts at the New Jersey Medical School Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTBI) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey provide consultation to physicians, nurses and other health care professionals via a toll-free number 1-800-482-3627 and e-mail (mc_gtbi@njms.rutgers.edu). Experienced clinicians, nurses and other experts are available to answer questions about difficult cases including multi drug-resistant and pediatric TB, TB and HIV/AIDS co-infection, contact investigations and other cases with difficult medical and public health management issues.

If you are calling about a case of tuberculosis, adverse reactions or drug-resistance, please fill out our Consultation Request Form and email it to mc_gtbi@njms.rutgers.edu. This form should only be completed by healthcare professionals.

A written summary of each consultation will be provided to the caller as well as the state TB Program from which the consultation originates.  Callers who do not want their consultation summaries to be shared with their State TB Programs may “opt-out” of this new policy by letting the Consultation Service Administrator or consultant know.  The opt-out option does not apply to consultations that involve MDR-TB or outbreaks (suspected or confirmed).

As a Regional Training and Medical Consultation Center (RTMCC), the GTBI is tasked by the CDC with strengthening medical consultation throughout the Northeast United States. Therefore, serving as a resource to TB medical consultants in the state and big city TB programs in the Northeast Region is a high priority. You are encouraged to contact the TB program in your area which also provides medical consultation and may have resources to assist in the treatment and management of TB cases and their contacts.

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Hours of Operation

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Eastern Time
Monday through Friday

Voicemail is available to receive your calls 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Calls will be answered within one business day. Please be prepared to leave your name, workplace, city, state, phone number, email address and your question.

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TB Experts at GTBI

Alfred A. Lardizabal, MD
Executive Director, Global Tuberculosis Institute (GTBI)

In alphabetical order:

  • John Bernardo, MD
    Medical Director, Division of TB Prevention and Control, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
    Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine
  • E. Jane Carter, MD 
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Brown University Program in Medicine
  • Henry Fraimow, MD 
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • George McSherry, MD
    Chief, Pediatric Infectious Disease Division, Penn State Children’s Hospital, Hershey, PA
    Pediatric Consultant, GTBI
  • Amee Patrawalla, MD, MPH
    Medical Director, GTBI and Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, NJMS
  • Lillian Pirog, RN, PNP
    Nurse Manager, GTBI
  • Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH
    Senior Advisor, GTBI
  • Maunank Shah, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Center for TB Research and Center for Clinical Global Health Education, Johns Hopkins University
  • Mark Wolman, MPH
    TB Management Program, GTBI
  • Patty Woods, MSN, RN, FN-CSA
    Nurse Educator, GTBI
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Important Considerations for Requestors

The information provided by our physician consultants is not a replacement for local expertise or your state TB program protocols. Information is offered as clinical decision support, is advisory in nature, and is not intended to replace local healthcare decision-making or provision. Requestors are free to disregard any advice offered. Final clinical decisions are the sole responsibility of the healthcare provider.

TB is a reportable disease and as such, healthcare professionals have a responsibility to act in accordance with local, regional, and state protocols, administrative rules and statutes. The TB program in your area is the ultimate public health authority.

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Consultation by TB Program Medical Consultants in the Northeastern US

You are encouraged to contact the health department TB program in your area which can:

  • Advise you about TB reporting requirements
  • Provide TB medical consultation consistent with state and local policies and regulations
  • May have resources to assist in the treatment and management of TB cases and their contacts.

Click here for the list of TB Programs that will assist you in accessing resources from within your jurisdiction.

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TB Resources

CDC Division of TB Elimination TB-Related Guidelines This website contains an exhaustive list of TB-related guidelines published specifically by the CDC. However, these do not include some guidelines published by other national organizations (e.g., ATS and IDSA).

TB Fact Sheets Developed by CDC, these fact sheets provide health care providers with summary information and references related to current recommendations in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of TB.

For providers outside the USA, please refer to TB resources and guidelines published the World Health Organization's TB website.

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