Maria Pia Franco, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine

Maria Pia Franco

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 250
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Phone
612-624-9996

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine


Infectious Disease Specialist


Facultad de Medicina de la Universidad San Martin de Porres, Lima, Peru

Internal Medicine Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Geriatric Fellowship, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Infectious Diseases Fellowship, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD

Summary

Dr. Franco is originally from Lima, Peru, where she graduated from medical school. She came to the US for her postdoctoral training. She did her internal medicine residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. 

She always had interest in infectious diseases. After completing her internal medicine residency, she did a geriatrics fellowship to help her understand more the complexity of caring for elderly patients. After this, she went to complete her Infectious Diseases fellowship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore MD. Her focus was on immunosuppressed patients such as HIV and transplant patients. She is currently one of the transplant infectious diseases faculty and her main focus is patient care and teaching. 

Expertise

Transplant Infectious Diseases

Professional Associations

Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Transplantation Society, International Heart and Lung Transplant Society

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Medical education, EBV viremia in Solid Organ Transplant Patients

Publications

Book Chapters (in progress) Evaluation and Management of Bacterial and Fungal Infections in Patients with a Hematological Malignancy: A 2016 Update Neoplastic Diseases of the Blood, 6th Edition

Peer-Reviewed Publications Franco MP, Amoroso A, Burke AP, Britt EJ, Reed RM. Pulmonary mycobacterial spindle cell pseudotumor in a lung transplant patient: progression without therapy and response to therapy. Transplant Infectious Diseases. 2015 Jun;17(3):424-8. • Journal Impact Factor: 2.25 • Article Citations: pending • Conducted case report design, defined intellectual concept, conducted literature search and manuscript preparation.

Espinosa BJ, Chacaltana J, Mulder M, Franco MP, Blazes DL, Gilman RH, Smits HL, Hall ER. Comparison of Culture Techniques at Different Stages of Brucellosis. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2009 Apr;80(4):625-7. • Journal Impact Factor: 2.74 • Article Citations: 19 • Conducted study concept and design, defined intellectual concept, conducted literature search and manuscript preparation.

Mendoza-Núñez M, Mulder M, Franco MP, Maas KS, Castañeda ML, Bonifacio N, Chacaltana J, Yagui E, Gilman RH, Espinosa B, Blazes D, Hall E, Abdoel TH, Smits HL; Brucellosis Working Group in Callao. Brucellosis in household members of Brucella patients residing in a large urban setting in Peru. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2008 Apr;78(4):595-8. • Journal Impact Factor: 2.74 • Article Citations: 13 • Conducted study concept and design, defined intellectual concept, conducted literature search, data acquisition and manuscript preparation.

Franco MP, Mulder M, Gilman RH, Smits HL. Human brucellosis. Lancet Infectious Diesases. 2007 Dec;7(12):775-86. • Journal Impact Factor: 19.446 • Article Citations: 350 • Conducted paper concept and design, defined intellectual concept, conducted literature search and manuscript preparation.

Franco MP, Mulder M, Smits HL. Persistence and relapse in brucellosis and need for improved treatment. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2007 Sep;101(9):854-5. • Journal Impact Factor: 1.931 • Article Citations: 11 • Conducted paper concept and design, defined intellectual concept, conducted literature search and manuscript preparation.

Maas KS, Méndez M, Zavaleta M, Manrique J, Franco MP, Mulder M, Bonifacio N, Castañeda ML, Chacaltana J, Yagui E, Gilman RH, Guillen A, Blazes DL, Espinosa B, Hall E, Abdoel TH, Smits HL. Evaluation of brucellosis by PCR and persistence after treatment in patients returning to the hospital for follow-up. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2007 Apr;76(4):698-702. • Journal Impact Factor: 2.74 • Article Citations: 25 • Conducted study concept and design, defined intellectual concept, conducted literature search, data acquisition, experimental studies and manuscript preparation.

Presentations Invited Oral Presentations at Local and Regional Professional Meetings, Conferences, etc. Internal Medicine Review and Update University of Minnesota November 14th, 2014 Franco MP. Update in Adult vaccinations. The Commons Hotel, Minneapolis, MN

Poster Abstract Presentations at Professional Meetings, Conferences, etc. Franco MP, Quick H, Huppler Hullsiek K, Baker C, Sannes M, Baker JV. Screening for Anal Dysplasia in HIV-Infected Patients: Cytology Compared to Histology from High Resolution Anoscopy. IDSA 2010 Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada.

Franco MP, Simpson M. Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy in a non-HIV patient. 2009 American College of Physicians, Minnesota chapter meeting.

Konda KA, Mulder M, Blazes DL, Lescano AG, Franco MP, Montano SM, Martin GJ, Castro C, Mendoza C, Alva J, Vallejo V. AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference, Sexual risk behavior among enlisted military and police trainees in Peru (IAS Conference Abstract). AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference. August 2006; Toronto, Canada.

Lescano AG, Franco MP, Konda KA, Blazes DL, Montano SM, Mulder M, Martin GJ, Castro C, Mendoza C, Alva J, Vallejo V. AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference, Improvement in STI/HIV/AIDS-related knowledge during military/police technical training in Peru and the COPRECOS education program (IAS Conference Abstract) AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference. August 2006; Toronto, Canada..

Blazes DL, Konda KA, Lescano AG, Franco MP, Montano SM, Mulder M, Martin GJ, Castro C, Mendoza C, Alva J, Vallejo V. AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference, Sexual risk behavior and condom use by partner type among enlisted military and police trainees in Peru (IAS Conference Abstract) AIDS 2006 - XVI International AIDS Conference. August 2006; Toronto, Canada. 

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Infectious Diseases Small Group sessions for second-year medical students.

Clinical

Clinics

Delaware Street Clinic (Infectious Disease/HIV Clinic)

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases

Clinical Interests

Infections in: solid organ transplant patients, bone marrow transplant patients, patients with hematological malignancies, immunocompromised patients and general infectious diseases

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center