Alex Plattner, MD, MBA
Combined ID/Informatics, Year 1
Medical School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Residency: St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Favorite microbe: Variola – Smallpox eradication represents the greatest possible public health victory. It was also the first infection that I remember learning about in school and it terrified me. I envisioned it being as much a cause for concern in my life as quicksand… which actually turned out to be true.
Why I chose Infectious Diseases: I love a good mystery. Being an infectious diseases specialist is like being Sherlock Holmes: you hear about the most interesting cases and a good history is essential.
What I love about Washington University: Wash U offers a diverse array of clinical learning opportunities with phenomenal mentorship. As a resident at Wash U, the Infectious Diseases division was known for being fun to work with and exceptional teachers. I feel very fortunate to be joining this group.