Behnoosh Afghani

Pediatric Hospitalist, CHOC-PSF

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UC Irvine

Director, Center for Future Health Professionals

Director, Summer Premed Program

Director, Fourth Year Medical Student Pediatric Rotations
School of Medicine

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles


M.D., University of Southern California


Pediatric Residency, University of California, Irvine


Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of California, Irvine and Miller Children's Hospital, Long Beach, CA

Phone: (714) 456-5726
Fax: (714) 456-7182
Email: bafghani@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
Bldg. 26, Ste 1001
Mail Code: 4076
Irvine, CA 92868

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Research
Interests
Infectious Diseases, Medical Education, Community Outreach, Performance Improvement
   
URLs Behnoosh Afghani, MD (Spotlight)
   
Summer Premed Program (Spotlight)
   
Center for Future Health Professionals
   
Center for Future Health Professionals Video
   
Summer Premed Program Website
   
Academic
Distinctions
2010 Faculty Teaching Award. CHOC Hospital Pediatric Residency
2010 ARISE Team Award, UC Irvine Medical Center, H1N1 Working Group
2010 Physician of Excellence Award, Orange Coast Magazine, OCMA
2009 Physician of Excellence Award, Orange Coast Magazine, OCMA
2008 Director’s Teaching Award, Pediatric Residency, UC Irvine
2008 Hand Hygiene Champion Award, UC Irvine Medical Center
2008 Physician of Excellence Award, Orange Coast Magazine, OCMA
2007 Culture of Satety Award, UCI Medical Center, Pediatric Unit
2007 Physician of Excellence Award, Orange Coast Magazine, OCMA
2006 Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award UC Irvine, Pediatrics
2005, 2004, 2003 Nominee ARISE Exemplary Performance Award, UCI Medical Center
2005 Director’s Teaching Award, Pediatric Residency, UC Irvine
2005 Excellence in Teaching Award, UC Irvine School of Medicine
1997 Outstanding Faculty Award, UC Irvine Pediatrics
1995-97 Young InvestigatorAward, Long Beach Memorial Foundation
1998 Medical Student Research Fellowship Award, USC School of Medicine
   
Research
Abstract
Afghani B, Stutman HR. Polymerase Chain Reaction in Rapid Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: Comparison of Rapid Boiling to a More Conventional Method of DNA Extraction. Presented at Long Beach Memorial/Long Beach Veterans Symposium, Sept. 1994.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Polymerase Chain reaction in Rapid Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: Comparison of Rapid boiling to a More Conventional Method of DNA Extraction. J Invest Med 43:S1:169A, 1995. Presented at Western Society of Pediatric Research, 1995.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: Can Polymerase chain Reaction Replace AFB Smear and Culture? Presented at the American Society of Microbiology at Washington, D.C. May 1995.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: Can Polymerase Chain Reaction Replace AFB Smear and Culture? Pediatric Research 37(4):169A, 1995. Presented at the Society of Pediatric Research, 1995.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Quantitative Competitive Polymerase Chain Reaction for Raid Drug Susceptibility Testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Presented at The Lancet Conference: The Challenge of Tuberculosis, Sept. 1995, Washington, D.C.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Quantitative Competitive Polymerase Chain Reaction for Rapid Drug susceptibility Testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Presented at the Long Beach Memorial/Long Beach Veterans Symposium, November 1995.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Rapid Differentiation of M. tuberculosis and M. bovis Using Glycerol Susceptibility and Quantitative-Competitive Polymerase Chain Reaction (QC-PCR). Presented at the Western Society of Pediatric Research, Carmel, California. Feb. 1996.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Selective Media for Differentiation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis from other Mycobacteria. Presented at the American Society of Microbiology. New Orleans, Louisiana. May 1996.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Rapid Differentiation of M. tuberculosis and M. bovis using Glycerol Susceptibility and Quantitative-Competitive Polymerase Chain Reaction. Presented at the American Society of Microbiology. New Orleans, Louisiana. May 1996.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Utilization of Potassium Tellurite by Rapidly Growing Mycobacteria as a Means of Drug-Susceptibility Testing. ICCAC, New Orleans, Louisiana. September 1996.

Afghani B, Lieberman JM, Duke M, Stutman HR. Comparison of AFB Smear, Culture and Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction in Patients with Tuberculosis Receiving Therapy. Presented at Long Beach Memorial/Veterans Symposium. November 1997.

Afghani B, Fujiyama D. In-vitro effect of thalidomide on TNF-? concentrations after infection of monocytes of HIV-infected patients with mycobacteria. ICAAC, San Diego, CA, September 1998.

Afghani B, Fujiyama D. Utilization of potassium tellurite for rapid drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium avium complex. ICAAC, San Diego, CA September 1998.

Afghani B, Fujiyama D. Comparison of the effect of thalidomide and dexamethasone
on production of TNF-? from monocytes on AIDs patients infected with Mycobacterium avium. Western Society of Pediatric Research, Carmel, CA. February 2001.

Afghani, B. Prolonged fever in tuberculous meningitis despite effective therapy. California Tuberculosis Controllers Association. Orange, CA. November 2001.

Afghani, B. The effect of thalidomide on TNF-a production form HIV-infected mononuclear cells infected with Candida albicans. Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. San Diego, CA. September 2002.

Afghani, B. Kong, V. A Survey of National Trends in the Management of Culture-Negative Acute Hematogenous Osteomyelitis & Soft Tissue Infections in Children. The 25th Annual Western States Conference. Pacific Grove, CA. May 2005.

Afghani, B et al. The Tricycle Model: Key to Patient Satisfaction. International Conference for Hospital Improvement (IHI). San Diego, CA June 2005.

Donly, T. Brown S, Afghani, B, et al. Interdisciplinary Rounds: The Pivotal Role of the Bedside Nurses. Accepted to Magnet Conference. November 2005.

Afghani B, Ngo T, Zeitany R, Amin A. Palivizumab: Adherence to American Academy of Pediatric Guidelines. Western Society of Pediatric Research, Carmel, CA, February 2006.

Afghani B, Ngo T, Zeitany R, Amin A. Premature Infants Who get Hospitalized for Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection Despite Receiving Palivizumab. Western Society of Pediatric Research, Carmel, CA, February 2006.

Ngo T, Afghani B. Risk Factors Leading to Severe Respiratory Virus Infection in Full Term Infants. Western Society of Pediatric Research, Carmel, CA, February 2006.

Afghani B et al. The effect of an interventional program on adherence to AAP guidelines for palivizumab administration. Presented at American Thoracic Society in San Diego, CA June 2006.

Nathalang D, Afghani B, Waffarn F. Revisiting risk factors for intraventricular hemorrhage in premature infants. Western Society of Pediatric Research Feb. 2007.

Saisan R. Afghani B, Afghani E, Sills J. The epidemiology of early onset vs late onset bloodstream infections in a neonatal intensive care unit. Western Society of Pediatric Research Feb. 2007.

Afghani E, Afghani B, Saisan R, Sills J. Epidemiologic characteristics of Gram positive and Gram-negative bloodstream infections in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit. Western Society of Pediatric Research Feb. 2007.

Ebert V and Afghani B. Comparison of drug susceptibility profile of staphylococcus aureus among the adult and pediatric population, 2001- 2006. Western Society of Pediatric Research Feb. 2007.

Afghani B, Besimanto S, Shapiro J, Amin A. Training of Clincial Empathy: The Medical Students’ Perspective. American Academy of Pediatrics National Meeting. Oct 2007.

Patel B. Ebert V. Afghani B. S. aureus is becoming multiple drug resistant in the pediatric population. American Academy of Pediatrics National Meeting. Oct 2007.

Pascual PM and Afghani, B. Influenza vaccine in children: Barriers in translation. Presented at the Western Society of Pediatric Research. Carmel California. February 2008.

Fakhrai M, Afghani B. Comparison of drug sensitivities of Staphylococcus aureus in adult vs. pediatric populations. UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. May 2008.

Garma K, Afghani B. Is Hand Hygiene Compliance Optimal Among Healthcare Workers? UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. May 2008.

Bassey H, Afghani B. Barriers to H UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. May 2008. Hand Hygiene Compliance Among Healthcare Workers. UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. May 2008.

Tran V, Afghani B. Hand Hygiene Compliance among Different Groups of Healthcare Workers. UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. May 2008.

Kirk A, Mirhosseini S, Afghani B. Drug Susceptibility Trends Among Community Acquired and Hospital Acquired Soft Tissue Infections. Western Society of Pediatric Research. Carmel, CA 2009.

Ebneshahrashoob M, Afghani B. Becoming a healthcare professional: Identifying the key barriers among underserved students in Orange County. UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Symposium. May 2009.
   
Publications Afghani B, Stutman HR. Bacterial Arthritis Caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Pediatr Infect Dis J 12:881, 1993.

Afghani B, Lieberman JM. Paradoxical Enlargement or Development of Tuberculomas During Therapy: Case Report and Review. Clin Infect Dis 19:1092-99, 1994.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: Can Polymerase Chain Reaction Replace AFB Smear and Culture? J Infect Dis (Letter)172:903-4, 1995.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Polymerase Chain Reaction for Diagnosis of Tuberculosis: Comparison of a Rapid Boiling Method to a More Conventional Method of DNA Extraction. Biochem Molecul Med 57:14-18, 1996.

Afghani B, Stutman HR. Rapid Susceptibility Testing of Mycobacterium Tuberculosis using Quantitative Competitive Polymerase Chain Reaction. Biochem Molecul Med 60:182-6, 1997.

Afghani B, Lieberman JM, Duke M, Stutman HR. Comparison of AFB Smear, Culture and Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction in Patients with Tuberculosis Receiving Therapy. Diag Microbio Infect Dis 29:73-79, 1997.

Afghani B. Rapid Differentiation of M. tuberculosis and M. bovis Using Glycerol Susceptibility and Quantitiative-Competitive Polymerase Chain Reaction (QC-PCR). J Invest Med 46:73-75, 1998.

Afghani B, Fujiyama D. Utilization of potassium tellurite for rapid drug susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium avium complex. J Invest Med 49:292-96; 2001.

Kaplan SL, Afghani B, Lopez P, et al. Linezolid for the treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections in children. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2003;22:S178-85.

Afghani B, Singh S. Paradoxical deterioration of M. bovis lymphadenitis and rapid resolution with corticosteroid therapy. Infect in Med 2005;22: 583-86.

Afghani B, Kong V, Wu F. Use of Nasal Mupirocin for Eradicating Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: A Dilemma? J Hosp Infect 2006;4(3):299-300.

Afghani B, Ngo T, Leu, S et al. The Effect of an Interventional Program on Adherence to the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for Palivizumab Prophylaxis. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2006;25(11):1019-25.

Westhout, F, Hasso, A, Jalili, M, Armstrong, W, Afghani, B, Nwagwu, C, Ackerman, L. Cavernous Sinus Thrombosis, Intraluminal Jugular Vein Thrombosis, Thrombocytopenia and Internal Carotid Artery Narrowing without Cerebral Infarctions in Lemierre Syndrome, Journal of Neurosurgery - Pediatrics 2007 Jan vol. 106.

Afghani B, Kong V, Wu, F. What Would Pediatric Infectious Disease Consultants Recommend for Treatment of Culture-Negative Osteomyelitis? J Pediatr Orthop 2007 Oct-Nov;27(7):805-9.

Afghani B, Ngo T. Severe respiratory syncytial virus infection in term infants with genetic or other underlying disorders.(letter) Pediatrics. 2008 Apr;121(4):868.

Afghani B, Basimanto S, Amin A, Shapiro S. Training of Clinical Empathy: The Medical Students’ Perspectives. Submitted for publication.

BOOK CHAPTERS and REVIEWS

Afghani B, Stutman HR. toxin-related Diarrheas. Pediatr Ann. 23:549, 1994.

Afghani B, Marks MI. Diphtheria. In Gellis and Dagan’s Current Pediatric Therapy. Volume 15:594, 1995.

Afghani B, Marks MI. Epiglottitis, Croup, and Laryngitis. In: Current Therapy of Infectious Disease. 1996:87-89.

Afghani B, Marks MI. Fungal Infections. In: Textbook of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine. 1999:750-61.
   
Grants 2010 Anaheim Community Foundation Helping Hands Grant
   
2011 Anaheim Community Foundation Helping Hands Grant
   
Other Experience Chair, Infection Prevention Committee
UC Irvine Medical Center 2007—2009

Physicians Leadership Program
UC Irvine Merage School of Business, Executive Education 2008

Speakers Bureau
UC Irvine Medical Center 2005—pres

Information System Physician Steering Committee
UC Irvine Medical Center 2007—2009

Medical Director, Pediatric Inpatient Ward
UC Irvine Medical Center 2004—2009

Medical Executive Committee, Member
UC Irvine Medical Center 2008—2010

   
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Last updated 10/15/2010