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Dr. Sandro Cinti

Description of Research: Sandro Cinti

Bioterrorism/Emerging Infections

Dr. Cinti is an infectious diseases physician with ongoing involvement in the preparation for bioterrorism and emerging infections at the national, state and local level. He has been a member of the State of Michigan Bioterrorism Subcommittee since its inception in 1999 and is an external reviewer for the Communicable Diseases Plan being developed by the Michigan Department of Community Health. Dr. Cinti is also a member of the Washtenaw County Bioterrorism Subcommittee and the Michigan Infectious Diseases Society Bioterrorism Subcommittee (MIDS). Both of these committees comprise experts from many different disciplines (public health, fire, police, HAZMAT). Dr. Cinti is also a member of the University of Michigan Disaster Committee that developed a hospital-wide plan for responding to a bioterrorism event. Currently, Dr. Cinti is co-chairman of the Region 2 South Communicable Diseases Planning Team (formerly the Smallpox Response Planning Team) and a member of the Region 2 South Advisory Committee. Dr. Cinti is the Director of the Michigan Biodefense Alert Listserv (MBAL) which was initially created with a grant from the Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH). MBAL, now located at the Michigan State Medical Society, is a clinician network that serves as a conduit of information on bioterrorism and emerging infections as well as a biosurveillance tool. Dr. Cinti disseminates postings over the listserv on topics relevant to the care of patients exposed to biological agents or emerging infections (SARS, WNV).

At the national level, Dr. Cinti sits on the Board of Directors of the National Center for Critical Incident Analysis (NCCIA). This group convenes a yearly session involving national experts in public health, medicine, public policy, the media, and law enforcement. These sessions explore ways that diverse groups can better respond to critical incidents. NCCIA has developed a model to explore critical incidents in a more systematic manner. This model will be published in the next year.

Dr. Cinti has experience in teaching and training groups to respond to bioterrorism. He has developed a one week course (Epidemiology 776) that is offered at the Summer Epidemiology Program at the University of Michigan. He has developed a similar course for the yearly Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) meeting. Also, Dr. Cinti teaches yearly bioterrorism classes to 1st and 2nd year medical and dental students. Dr Cinti has convened several bioterrorism response panels for environmental journalist conferences in New Orleans, LA and Lansing, MI.


Dr. Cinti also participates in HIV/AIDS clinical research. He is site PI of a tri-national study involving the VA Medical system that is looking at structured treatment interruptions and mega-HAART regimens. He has published on the topic of adherence to antiretroviral regimens and recently completed a pilot study looking at automated telephone calls as a way of improving adherence to HIV antiretrovirals. Dr. Cinti is a member of the UM HIV/AIDS clinical team and he is the clinical lead of the HIV/AIDS clinic at the Ann Arbor VA which cares for 150 HIV patients.

Recent Publications

Chapman C, White CB, Engleberg NC, Fantone JC, Cinti SK. Developing a fully online course for senior medical students. Med Ed Online. 2011;16:5733.

Cinti S, Haas K, Paliani P, Newton D, Wright C, Zalewski C, Holmes JG, Dwyer S, Friedman C, Chenoweth C. Efficacy of surveillance for 2009 H1N1 pandemic within a healthcare system. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2011;32(8):811-814.

Psarros G, Riddell J 4th, Gandhi T, Kauffman CA, Cinti SK. Bartonella henselae Infections in Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: Report of 5 Cases and Review of the Literature. Medicine (Baltimore). 2012;91(2):111-21.

Golbus J, Gallagher G, Blackburn G, Cinti S. Polyneuropathy Associated with the Diffuse Infiltrative Lymphocytosis Syndrome (DILS). J Intl Ass Phys AIDS Care. 2012:11(4); 223-227.

Baxi S, Malani PN, Gomez-Hassan D, Cinti S. The association between follow-up magnetic resonance imaging and clinical status among patients with spinal infections. Infect Dis Clin Pract. 2012:20(5); 1-5.

Kim KM, Cinti S, Gay S, Goold S, Barnosky A, Lozon M. Triage of mechanical ventilation for pediatric patients during a pandemic. Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2012;6:131-7.

Likic R, White C, Cinti S, Purkiss J, Fantone J, Chapman C, Bielen L, Francetic I, Engleberg C. Online learning applied to a course on rational therapeutics: An international comparison between final year medical students of two medical schools. Br J Clin Pharmacol 2012:75(2); 373-380.

Chaiyachati KH, LovedayM, Lorenz S, Lesh N, Larkan LM, Cinti S, Friedland GH, and Haberer JE. A Pilot Study of an mHealth Application for Healthcare Workers: Poor Uptake Despite High Reported Acceptability at a Rural South African Community-Based MDR-TB Treatment Center. Online, 28 May 2013 | PLOS ONE 10.1371/journal.pone.0064662.

Kesavan J, Cinti S. An Unusual Presentation of Generalized Edema in an Adult With Parvovirus Infection Infect Dis Clin Pract. 2013:21(2):145-146

Jameson A, Kauffman CA, Cinti S, Gandhi T. CMV appendicitis in HIV Infection. Infect Dis Clin Pract. December 2013.


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