Dr. Paul Cieslak – NoroCORE Food Virology
Dr. Paul Cieslak

Paul Cieslak, MD

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Infectious Disease Specialist

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dr. Paul Cieslak earned both his bachelor and medical degrees at The Ohio State University, finishing the latter in 1986. He trained in internal medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle and then completed a fellowship in infectious diseases at Washington University in St. Louis, with his research focused on amebiasis. During 1992–1994 he worked as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer in the Foodborne and Diarrheal Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. While there, he investigated outbreaks of E. coli O157 infection, salmonellosis, shigellosis, cholera, and botulism; and he also researched the association between reptiles and infection with certain serotypes of Salmonella.

To learn something about public health at the state level, Dr. Cieslak came to Oregon as a CDC preventive medicine resident in 1994. Afterwards, he stayed on to direct the State Public Health Division’s communicable disease epidemiology section and Oregon’s Emerging Infections Program.  He has published articles on amebiasis, E. coli O157 infection, vancomycin use, Clostridium difficile infection, severe Group A strep infections, shigellosis, chickenpox, hepatitis C, norovirus, hospital-associated infections, and pertussis.

Dr. Cieslak holds adjunct clinical faculty positions with OHSU’s Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine and Division of Infectious Diseases. He serves as the Medical Director for Oregon’s Immunization Program, and served on CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices during 1997–2011. He also does a little infectious disease consulting for Legacy System, Portland Adventist, and PeaceHealth hospitals.