Richard A. Serrao, MD Hear my name
Clinical Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

MD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine
BS, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Serrao received undergraduate training in Biomedical Sciences and his medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA via the accelerated University of California UCR/UCLA 7 year premed-med program and received his diplomat in internal medicine from Cedars Sinai medical center in Los Angeles. He went on to infectious diseases fellowship training at Boston Medical Center with additional training in transplantation infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is currently Clinical Associate Professor in the sections of general internal medicine and infectious diseases and attends on many clinical rotations training students, residents and fellows (in infectious diseases) from BU, BIDMC and Brigham and Women's programs at the VA Boston Healthcare System. He was the medical director for the popular Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Center (ADTC) at the JPVA and is an associate clerkship director for the internal medicine 3rd year core internal medicine rotation. He is a faculty member of the BUSM Academy of Medical Educators. His current projects focus on enhancing critical thinking in making clinical diagnoses as well as incorporating media into medical education.

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  1. Lauren E. Merz, Shivani Jindal, Tayla Shahal, Richard Serrao, Anthony C. Breu. A Veteran With Recurrent, Painful Knee Effusion. Federal Practitioner. 2022; 39(7):315-319. View Publication
  2. Merz LE, Jindal S, Shahal T, Serrao R, Breu AC. A Veteran With Recurrent, Painful Knee Effusion. Fed Pract. 2022 Jul; 39(7):315-319.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36425346; PMCID: PMC9648581; DOI: 10.12788/fp.0295;
  3. Emeli TO, Serrao R. Delayed perihepatic abscess caused by Cutibacterium acnes following right partial hepatectomy. BMJ Case Rep. 2022 Apr 12; 15(4). PMID: 35414576; PMCID: PMC9006826; DOI: 10.1136/bcr-2021-247279;
  4. Richard Serrao. Clinical Medicine for Optometrists, David M. Shein, Rachel C. Druckenbrod. Chapter 10: HIV Infection. Wolters Kluwer. Alphen aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. 2020; 317-352. View Publication
  5. Lakshmana Swamy, MD ; Nicholas J. Butler, MD ; Richard Serrao, MD ; Anthony C. Breu, MD . Fed Pract. 2017 November;34(11):18-23. Boston VA Medical Forum: HIV-Positive Veteran With Progressive Visual Changes. MD Edge/ Federal Practitioner: n/a. 2017; 34(11):18-23. View Publication
  6. Serrao RA, Orlander JD. The Ambulatory Diagnostic and Treatment Center: A Unique Model for Educating Medical Trainees and Providing Expedited Care. Acad Med. 2016 May; 91(5):669-72.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26839944; DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001118;
  7. Helbig S, Brecher SM, Serrao RA. Corynebacterium striatum cardiovascular implantable device infection. Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice. 2013; 21:401-404. View Publication
  8. Morrison VA, Oxman MN, Levin MJ, Schmader KE, Guatelli JC, Betts RF, Gelb LD, Pachucki CT, Keay SK, Menzies B, Griffin MR, Kauffman CA, Marques AR, Toney JF, Simberkoff MS, Serrao R, Arbeit RD, Gnann JW, Greenberg RN, Holodniy M, Keitel WA, Yeh SS, Davis LE, Crawford GE, Neuzil KM, Johnson GR, Zhang JH, Harbecke R, Chan IS, Keller PM, Williams HM, Boardman KD, Silber JL, Annunziato PW. Safety of zoster vaccine in elderly adults following documented herpes zoster. J Infect Dis. 2013 Aug 15; 208(4):559-63. PMID: 23633406; PMCID: PMC3719896; DOI: 10.1093/infdis/jit182;
  9. Tandon R, Kim KS, Serrao R. Disseminated Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection in a person with AIDS with cutaneous and CNS lesions. AIDS Read. 2007 Nov; 17(11):555-60.View Related Profiles. PMID: 18170919
  10. Oxman MN, Levin MJ, Johnson GR, Schmader KE, Straus SE, Gelb LD, Arbeit RD, Simberkoff MS, Gershon AA, Davis LE, Weinberg A, Boardman KD, Williams HM, Zhang JH, Peduzzi PN, Beisel CE, Morrison VA, Guatelli JC, Brooks PA, Kauffman CA, Pachucki CT, Neuzil KM, Betts RF, Wright PF, Griffin MR, Brunell P, Soto NE, Marques AR, Keay SK, Goodman RP, Cotton DJ, Gnann JW, Loutit J, Holodniy M, Keitel WA, Crawford GE, Yeh SS, Lobo Z, Toney JF, Greenberg RN, Keller PM, Harbecke R, Hayward AR, Irwin MR, Kyriakides TC, Chan CY, Chan IS, Wang WW, Annunziato PW, Silber JL. A vaccine to prevent herpes zoster and postherpetic neuralgia in older adults. N Engl J Med. 2005 Jun 2; 352(22):2271-84.View Related Profiles. PMID: 15930418
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2016-2016 Boston University School of Medicine: Educator of the Year in Clinical Sciences, Affiliated Program
2010-2010 VA Boston Healthcare System: David Littman Award For Highest Quality Patient Care and Excellence in Teaching
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Infectious Diseases, Hospitalist, Medical Education, Shingles Prevention Study, Clerkship Director, Ambulatory Diagnostic Treatment Center

As one of the associate clerkship directors/Evans Educators through BUSM and the VA onsite clerkship director for student inpatient medicine at the VA Boston Healthcare System, home to many regional training programs since 2010, I have enjoyed mentoring, advising, coaching and stimulating interest in internal medicine (my field) but strive more to listen to the medical student met with significant perceived hurdles in making a career choice, especially as third year comes to a close and students need to decide. I am open to all medical students, regardless of their rotation here at the VA or whether they are specifically assigned as my advisee, although ideally getting to know you on site helps to sift through your options. I aim to really listen to what you are grappling with and allow you to really listen to yourself in the process, aiming to find the best connection with your personality, interests, academic strengths and field of choice.

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