Springfield Clinic’s Infectious Diseases team is welcoming a new physician this month.

M. Catalina Merrick, DO, says she was about three years old when she decided to become a doctor, following in the footsteps of her mother, who was a general practitioner in Colombia. She completed her medical degree at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, followed by her residency in internal medicine at the Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She also completed an infectious disease fellowship at the University of Illinois College of Medicine. “I enjoyed talking to patients and establishing care that created long-lasting relationships, so internal medicine seemed to be a perfect fit. In residency, I found infectious diseases to be not only interesting, but a lot like primary care. To me, infectious diseases is a great specialty because treatment can really impact patients in their day-to-day lives.”

Building good rapport and long-term relationships with patients is the most rewarding part of practicing medicine to Dr. Merrick. At Springfield Clinic, she plans to take care of patients with HIV, hepatitis C (also those co-infected with HIV and hepatitis), urinary tract infections, respiratory infections and bacterial, viral and fungal infections. She will see patients both in her office at Springfield Clinic 1st – 900 Building and at the hospital.

Dr. Merrick’s favorite part of her job is when she is able to cure an infection for a patient. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, practicing yoga and rock climbing, and she travels whenever possible.

The specialists with the Infectious Diseases & Travel Medicine team provide diagnosis and management of many chronic, complex, unexplained and potentially life-threatening infections. To learn more about Dr. Merrick and the Infectious Diseases Department, visit here.