Editor Profile

Stephen G. Baum, MD

Associate Editor

About the NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases Board

Stephen G. Baum, MD, is Senior Associate Dean for Students and Professor of Medicine and of Microbiology and Immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. Previously, he was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. He has conducted extensive research on DNA tumor viruses (adenovirus and SV40). A former president of the New York Society for Infectious Diseases, Dr. Baum has written chapters on adenovirus, mumps, aseptic meningitis, mycoplasma, and viral pneumonia for several textbooks. He currently serves on the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Hospital Bioterrorism Advisory Subcommittee of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Advisory Group. Dr. Baum has been writing for NEJM Journal Watch Infectious Diseases since the publication was launched in 1998.


Editorial boards

Medical Letter

Summaries by Stephen Baum

  • September 11, 2014

    Severe Respiratory Illness Associated with EV-D68

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Two very similar outbreaks of severe respiratory disease in children are reported from Missouri and Illinois and are attributed to enterovirus D68.

  • July 3, 2014

    Tenofovir-Based HIV PrEP Decreases HSV-2 Acquisition

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    In a placebo-controlled trial conducted in Africa, daily use of pre-exposure prophylaxis regimens containing tenofovir was associated with a modest decrease in herpes simplex virus type 2 seroconversions.

  • July 1, 2014

    Ebola Viral Disease Outbreak in West Africa

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    As of June 18, 2014, the outbreak totaled 528 cases in three West African countries, with a case-fatality rate of 64%.

  • June 27, 2014

    Rapid Diagnostic Testing for Malaria

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Although such testing was far more accurate than clinical diagnosis and slightly more accurate than microscopy in confirming malaria, its effect on limiting unnecessary therapy was minimal.

  • June 11, 2014

    Chikungunya Spreads Through the Caribbean

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Local transmission of chikungunya virus has now been identified in 17 countries or territories in the Caribbean and South America.

  • June 2, 2014

    Shingles Risk Factors

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Several diseases both increase the risk for clinical zoster and contraindicate use of the currently available vaccine.