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.


Consultant / Advisory board

Clinical Infectious Diseases (Editorial Advisory Board)

Speaker's bureau

UpToDate (author)

Editorial boards

Medical Letter (Board of Directors, Chairman)

Summaries by Stephen Baum

  • January 11, 2017

    Don't Routinely Screen Urine Before Arthroplasty

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Eliminating routine urine screening in patients without urinary symptoms before arthroplasty led to cost savings without adverse consequences.

  • January 6, 2017

    Salmonella from Cucumbers — No Need for Travel

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    A multistate outbreak of enteric illness caused by a novel Salmonella strain was traced to so-called Persian cucumbers grown primarily in Canada.

  • January 4, 2017

    Mumps Outbreak in a Vaccinated Population

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Despite appropriate vaccination, a mumps outbreak, facilitated by delayed diagnosis, occurred at a New York City university.

  • December 20, 2016

    Pubic Hair Grooming and STIs

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    A nationally representative survey shows a correlation between the practice and extent of pubic hair grooming and a variety of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S.

  • December 1, 2016

    Travel-Associated Zika Virus Infection — An UpdateFree

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    A summary of the epidemiology, clinical findings, and sequelae of travel-associated Zika virus infections in the Americas

  • December 1, 2016

    And This Little Piggy Had Flu

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Two articles address the transmission of both seasonal and novel-variant influenza type A virus from swine to humans.