Colds and the flu are common illnesses. Most people have them at some point in their lives. Some people have them during certain seasons. Most people recover from these illnesses without any problems. But some diseases won’t go away on their own. Because of that, an infectious disease specialist may be needed to treat them.

Infectious diseases can be caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. They can enter the body in a number of ways. It may be what we touch, eat or drink. It can also be from animal or insect bites. These germs may live in or on our bodies. Normally they are harmless. They can even be helpful. At other times, they can cause disease. As a result, they need treatment by an expert.

Our infectious disease specialist is trained to diagnose and treat a wide variety of severe illnesses. These can range from hepatitis to Lyme disease to HIV. Because of his expertise, he can help patients get better. Thus, they can return to a healthier life.

Common conditions treated include:

  • HIV infection
  • Acute and chronic viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B or C
  • Tuberculosis
  • Histoplasmosis and other fungal infections
  • C diff and other GI diseases
  • Bloodstream and catheter/port infection
  • Tick or mosquito-borne infections
  • Pneumonia
  • MRSA and other skin infections

To schedule an appointment, please call (859) 239-5860.

Our Infectious Disease Provider

Infectious Disease Provider Dr. Maher Alchreiki

Dr. Maher Alchreiki is a native of Syria. He earned his medical degree in 2004 from Tishreen University Medical School in Lattakia, Syria. He relocated to the United States in 2008. In 2011 he completed an internal medicine residency at Richmond University Medical Center in Staten Island, NY. He completed a fellowship in infectious diseases from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA in 2019. He joined Ephraim McDowell Health in 2022.


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