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.


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Medical Letter 

  • March 18, 2009

    Oseltamivir Resistance

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Influenza A viruses are more likely than influenza B viruses to become resistant during oseltamivir treatment in children.

  • January 7, 2009

    Flu Update — Good News and Bad

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Influenza strains circulating in the U.S. this year are covered by the vaccine, but the prevalence of oseltamivir resistance is rising.

  • October 14, 2009

    H1N1 Rapid Tests: Poor SensitivityFree

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Rapid tests for seasonal influenza generally have relatively low sensitivity; their sensitivity for detecting the 2009 H1N1 virus seems even worse.

  • April 8, 2009

    Simian Malaria Infects HumansFree

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    PCR testing revealed Plasmodium knowlesi as the cause of malaria in a traveler returning from the Philippines.

  • May 4, 2009

    CDC Updates on Swine-Origin Influenza A (H1N1)Free

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    Dispatches describe the swine flu outbreak in Mexico and in a New York City school.

  • April 24, 2009

    Human Infection with Swine Influenza VirusFree

    1. Stephen G. Baum, MD

    The CDC reports two cases of swine influenza (H1N1) infection in children, possibly involving human-to-human transmission.