Fellowship Program

Infectious Diseases Fellowship

Rochester General Hospital

Director’s Letter

Welcome to our program in Infectious Diseases at Rochester Regional Health!  Our fellowship program aims to create an environment that prepares leaders in integrative and innovative general Infectious Diseases care. We are here to support the realization of your educational and professional goals.

We offer robust training in clinical infectious diseases in a busy healthcare system encompassing several hospitals. Rochester General Hospital has an LVAD service, oncology/hematology wards, several ICUs, and is on track to establish a stem cel transplant program. Unity hospital offers comprehensive hepatitis and HIV care clinic.

You will have the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with our superb, innovative infection preventionists and the IDSA designated Center of Excellence antibiotics stewardship program members. At the trying time of the COVID-19 pandemic, our department participated as a SARS-CoV-2 vaccine and therapeutics clinical trials site. We make a difference.

Our program’s values reflect the personal values of our members: community-orientation, inclusiveness, quality improvement, and pursuit of knowledge and innovations. Above all, we strive to prepare specialists who can make their communities healthier. We encourage fellow participation in quality improvement projects within rotations intended to develop leadership skills, a must-have aptitude for infectious disease specialists.

In 2013 I rotated in Rochester General Hospital as a fellow. Two years later, I had the honor to join my teachers as an infectious diseases consultant and worked my way to the supervisor of the Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotics Therapy (OPAT) service and the Program director. Take advantage of our novelty program and work with our topmost experienced educators and impactful mentors. My rotation in RGH as a fellow influenced my personal and professional development, and I hope you can have the same experience here.

Review prolific publications of the ID department members. Contact us with questions. Join us!


Olga Vasylyeva, MD
Program Director

About the Program

The RGH Infectious Diseases Fellowship program’s overall goal is to provide a multifaceted and dynamic training experience for budding infectious diseases physicians.  During the two-year training program, the ID fellows provide care for patients with a range of infectious diseases conditions and obtain valuable learning experiences in hospital patient safety and quality programs such as infection prevention and control, antibiotic stewardship and OPAT. You will have the opportunity to work closely within a dynamic multidisciplinary team which includes advanced practice providers, skilled nurses, clinical pharmacy specialists, infection preventionists, microbiologists and laboratory technicians.  These collaborative practices will enhance the quality of infectious diseases care, and foster durable professional relationships.

Goals of Fellows completing the RGH Infectious Diseases Fellowship program include:

  1. To obtain clinical competence by experiencing comprehensive training in both inpatient and outpatient settings for a broad range of infectious diseases.
  2. To acquire a knowledge base and cognitive skills to be an effective independent ID physician.
  3. To develop personal life-long learning skills and establish a strong foundation for continued professional growth.
  4. To have knowledge of quality assurance, quality improvement and healthcare finance in reference to one’s individual practice of infectious diseases as well as the health care system.
  5. To obtain a basic understanding of critical review of medical literature, research design, informed consent, ethics in research and communication of research results



Inpatient ID Consultation36
Ambulatory ID4


Inpatient Consultation12
Ambulatory ID4
Antibiotic stewardship/Infection Prevention4
Quality Improvement4

How to Apply

All applicants must apply through the ERAS website. All applicants must have completed an internal medicine residency program within the United States.


Donna Favitta, MS , Program Coordinator

Due to the number of inquiries we receive, we are unable to review any applicant information that is not submitted through ERAS.

We Require:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • USMLE scores
  • Medical School Transcripts
  • Personal Statement

Why Choose Rochester Regional Health

Rochester General Hospital is a premier teaching hospital and the flagship hospital for Rochester Regional Health. Our health system consists of five hospitals covering a 14-county area in Western New York State, with seamlessly integrated healthcare and multiple Healthgrades Excellence Awards across under our belts.

Benefits & Compensation

The following is a list of benefits granted to all fellows

Medical Insurance

Opportunity to enroll in one of two comprehensive medical insurance plans.

Dental Insurance

Option to purchase one of two plans.

Life insurance

Employer paid coverage equal to 1x salary with option to purchase added coverage up to five (5) times annual salary.

Vision/Hearing Plan

Option to purchase a vision & hearing plan.

Short-Term Disability

Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of an approved disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend.

Long-Term Disability

Residents are provided with long-term disability of 50% of resident stipend in the event of an approved long-term disability. Residents have an option to purchase additional long-term disability to bring the amount up to 66.67%.


EAP is free, confidential service for employees and immediate family members that provides assistance with everyday work and family issues, as well as more challenging personal concerns.

On-site Child Care

Child care programs are offered for children between the ages of eight weeks to pre-school, and a before and after-school program is available to serve employees and the community. Preferential consideration is given to Hospital employees based upon availability; these employees receive a discounted rate.


Option to enroll in tax deferred annuity plan.

Paid Vacation / Holiday

Salaries are paid on a bi-weekly basis. The salaries for the 2021-2022 academic year will be:





Program Faculty

Abhimanyu Aggarwal, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Nayef El-Daher, MD

Unity Hospital Department of Medicine Chair, Infectious Diseases Division Chief

Ann R. Falsey, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester, Division of Infectious Diseases

Maryrose Laguio-Vila, MD

Rochester General Hospital Infectious Diseases Division Chief, Antimicrobial Stewardship Program Medical Director

Emil Lesho, DO

Rochester General Hospital Epidemiologist, Infection Prevention Committee Chair

Laurie Proia, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Edward E. Walsh, MD

Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester, Division of Infectious Diseases

Why Rochester?

The Greater Rochester area, in the Finger Lakes region of New York, is a truly unique place to live and work. Rochester’s urban arts, entertainment and dining venues are complemented by surrounding suburban, rural and lakefront communities. This results in a wealth of options for work and play.

Contact Us

Rochester General Hospital Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Donna Favitta, MS
Program Coordinator

Phone: (585) 922-4365
Email: IDFellows@rochesterregional.org