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Complex Urologic Infectious Diseases Clinic

Complex urologic infections are a heterogeneous group of underlying conditions. These patients have upper urinary tract infections (UTIs) and structural or functional abnormalities that reduce the efficacy of antimicrobial therapy. They are at greater risk for treatment failure and morbidity, such as bacteremia and sepsis, perinephric abscess, renal deterioration and emphysematous pyelonephritis. While there are general management principles that can be applied to most patients with complex urologic infections, effective treatment requires a comprehensive, personalized approach to improve patient outcomes.

In pursuit of this goal, the Northwestern Medicine Complex Urologic Infectious Diseases Clinic is the first of its kind in the country. The clinic will provide a multidisciplinary, coordinated approach to care for affected patients, as well as provides:

  • Comprehensive care to patients with complex urologic infections, such as recurrent urinary tract infections and kidney infections and access to world-class infectious disease experts at the time of your appointment.
  • Evaluating medication and bacteria interactions that result in multidrug resistance and other complicated infections
  • Collaborating with a local urologist so you can receive care close to home

Meet Our Team


Anthony J. Schaeffer, MD

Herman L. Kretschmer Professor of Urology 


Teresa R. Zembower, MD

Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and a professor of Pathology

Assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases.
To schedule an appointment at the Complex Urologic Infections Interdisciplinary Clinic, call 312.695.8146 (TTY: 711).

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