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Chief Consultant, Clinical Public Health

Richard Martinello, M.D.

Dr. Richard Martinello has been the Chief Consultant of the Clinical Public Health group of VA's Public Health office since February 2012.

Dr. Martinello attended Loyola University Chicago for both his undergraduate and medical school education. He then completed a residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at Indiana University, adult and pediatric infectious diseases fellowships at Yale University, and a fellowship in health care epidemiology and infection prevention at Yale-New Haven Hospital. After the fellowships, Dr. Martinello joined the faculty at the Yale School of Medicine and the staff of the VA Connecticut Health Care System as their hospital epidemiologist and served as the chair of the Infection Control Council of the Veteran Integrated Service Network (VISN) 1, which covers New England.

Dr. Martinello’s research interests include the epidemiology, transmission, and prevention of respiratory viruses, Clostridium difficile and MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus). He has authored over 45 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters; served on multiple National Institutes of Health (NIH) and VA study sections; and is board-certified in adult and pediatric infectious diseases.