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Mary Washington Infectious Diseases

Mary Washington Infectious Diseases

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  • Location

    Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza
    1101 Sam Perry Boulevard
    Suite 307
    Fredericksburg, Virginia 22401

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    P: 540.374.3277
    F: 540.374.3280
  • Hours

    Monday–Friday: 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


    Please call 540.374.3277 to schedule an appointment. Click or tap the virtual visits button to learn more about telephone and video visits.

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The mission of Mary Washington Infectious Diseases is to provide consultation for patients in our service area who have been diagnosed with complicated and complex infections that are often beyond the scope of primary care. Here at Mary Washington Infectious Diseases, we also practice HIV medicine. We have an interest in seeing that the general health of our patients, who may have associated conditions that impact their infection, is maintained. Much of our work is done in collaboration with physicians in other specialties. We manage patients who require outpatient intravenous antibiotic therapy and assist in the treatment of blood and body fluid exposures in the workplace.

Definition of Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases, also known as communicable diseases, kill more people worldwide than any other singular cause. These diseases are found by germs, which can be found everywhere and can be spread through general and sexual contact, animal bites, and more.

Germs can be categorized into four types:

  • Bacteria: These germs are made up of one cell. They can quickly multiply in number and may also release sickness-inducing chemicals.
  • Viruses: These germs are capsules containing genetic material. They multiply by using your own cells.
  • Fungi: These germs take the form of mushrooms or mildew
  • Protozoa: These germs are technically one-celled animals that live in other living things and use them for food and shelter.

These types of germs can cause an infectious disease. Certain diseases may be transmitted from an animal to a human or from a human to a human. However, certain diseases are not contagious.

Our Providers

Awol Ali, MD

Dr. Awol Ali is board certified in Internal Medicine as well as Infectious Diseases. Dr. Ali earned his medical degree from Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. He served as an assistant professor of Pediatrics at Addis Ababa University. He completed his Internal Medicine residency in New York and an Infectious Diseases fellowship at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He has written several publications concerning infectious diseases. Dr. Ali is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Education and Experience

Norman Bernstein, MD

Dr. Norman Bernstein is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases. He earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Montefiore Hospital - University Health Center of Pittsburgh. His residency was completed at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Bernstein serves as the Medical Director of The Wellness Program. He has received many special awards and honors and has written articles, abstracts, and papers.

He is a Fellow at the American College of Physicians and a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America. He holds a training certificate in HIV Medicine from the American Academy of HIV Medicine. He is the attending physician for the Chest Clinic (Tuberculosis) for the Rappahannock Health District, Virginia Department of Health. Dr. Bernstein is a preceptor for second year medical students of the VCU School of Medicine and holds the rank of Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine. Dr. Bernstein has practiced in the area for over 20 years.

Education and Experience

Lauren Fiske, MD

Dr. Lauren C. Fiske is a member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Fiske has participated in many research projects and has written numerous publications on infection prevention and control. Most recently, Dr. Fiske was an Assistance Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

Education and Experience

Rosemary Iwunze, MD, MPH

Rosemary Iwunze, MD, MPH, received her undergraduate and medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is ABIM board certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Disease. Dr. Iwunze received a Master’s degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and has interest in infection disease prevention, viral infections and healthcare associated infections.

Education and Experience

Moumita Sarker, MD

Mary Washington Healthcare welcomes Dr. Moumita Sarker to Mary Washington Infectious Diseases. She is board certified in internal medicine and infectious diseases with expertise in managing blood stream infection, diabetic foot infection to osteomyelitis, active tuberculosis, non-tubercular mycobacterial infection, actinomycosis, and infection related to cardiac assistive devices. Dr. Sarker has provided continuity of care in HIV clinics, community-based STD clinics, home infusion services, and other medical services to patients in outpatient settings. She is a member of the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

Education and Experience

Felicia Hall, NP

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