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Published on September 06, 2017

Avera Medical Group Welcomes Infectious Disease Specialists


Avera Medical Group announces Infectious Disease Specialists, PC, of Sioux Falls and its physicians has joined Avera Medical Group, and the clinic has come under Avera ownership as of Sept. 1, 2017.

“The physicians of Infectious Disease Specialists have been on the medical staff of Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center for a number of years, and continue to serve the infectious disease needs of Avera patients with high quality care,” said David Flicek, President and CEO of Avera McKennan and Chief Administrative Officer for Avera Medical Group. “We have long trusted their expertise, and are proud to welcome them as members of Avera Medical Group.” The infectious disease clinic is located at 6709 S. Minnesota Ave., Suite 102.

The name of the practice will change to Avera Medical Group Infectious Disease Specialists, and employees of the practice will become employees of Avera. The physicians in the practice include Jawad Nazir, MD, FACP; Fares Masannat, MD; Brian Pepito, MD; Robert Kessler, MD; and Asma Syed, MD. All are board certified in infectious disease. They have special interest in antimicrobial resistance, immunocompromised host, HIV/AIDS, vector-borne illnesses such as West Nile virus and Lyme disease, travel vaccination, endocarditis and bone-joint related infections. This practice is also active in telemedicine consults through Avera eCARE™ Specialty Clinics.

“This group of specialists has been instrumental in the high quality of care delivered at Avera,” Flicek said. Dr. Nazir currently serves as Medical Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Avera McKennan, and Dr. Pepito serves in that position at Avera Heart Hospital. “Having infectious disease specialists as part of Avera brings an added measure of comprehensiveness and cohesiveness to our overall care,” Flicek said.

“My colleagues and I have enjoyed close collaboration with Avera over the years, and we have appreciated their support in the development of advanced infectious disease care. We closely identify with the Avera sense of health ministry and mission, and are pleased to become part of Avera Medical Group and the wider Avera family,” said Jawad Nazir, MD.


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