Karam Obeid, MD

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

Karam Obeid

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420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 250, Room D416 Mayo
Memorial Building
Minneapolis, MN 55455

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

Transplant ID, General ID

Medical School, University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria

Residency, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit MI

Fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Fellowship, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI


After graduating from Damascus University, Faculty of Medicine in 1998, Dr. Obeid completed his Internal Medicine training in 2003 and Infectious Diseases training in 2007 at Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Obeid practiced Internal Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital and Infectious Diseases at St. John Hospital and Medical Center where he attended on inpatient consultation rounds and supervised Infectious Diseases fellows, Internal Medicine residents, and medical students. He also was an Assistant Professor at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Dr. Obeid served as the consultant of latent and active TB cases for the Macomb County Health Department in Michigan. His research activities focused on infections in immunocompromised patients, which lead Dr. Obeid to pursue a one year special Fellowship training in the field of Transplant Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation. After his graduation from this special training in 2014 he joined the Infectious Diseases Division at the University of Minnesota as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Obeid’s research interests are focused on therapies and outcomes in immunocompromised patients especially solid organ and bone marrow transplant recipients.

Professional Associations

  • Member, American College of Physicians
  • Member, Infectious Diseases Society of America
  • Member, Michigan Infectious Diseases Society
  • Member, American Society of Transplantation


Research Summary/Interests

  • Clinical research and research related to outcomes in immuno-compromised patients


  • Kaplan A, Young JH, Kandaswamy R, Berglund D, Knoll BM, Sieger G, Cavert W, Matas A, Obeid KM. Long-Term Infectious and Noninfectious Outcomes of Monthly Alemtuzumab as a Calcineurin Inhibitor- and Steroid-Free Regimen for Pancreas Transplant Recipients. Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2020 Oct 9;2020:8883183. doi: 10.1155/2020/8883183. PMID: 33101558; PMCID: PMC7569440.
  • Obeid KM, Sural P, Szpunar S, Johnson LB. Long-term resolution of viral breakthrough after changing HIV viral load assay. J Internat Assoc Physic AIDS Care: 10: 287-90, 2011.
  • Obeid KM, Aguilar J, Szpunar S, Sharma M, del Buston R, Al-Katib A, Johnson LB. Risk factors for Pneumocystis jirovecii Pneumonia (PCP) in patients with lymphoproliferative disorders. Clin Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Leukemia: 12: 66-9, 2012.
  • Sanchez K, Obeid KM, Szpunar S, Fakih MG, Khatib R. Delayed peripheral venous catheter related Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia: onset ?24 hour after catheter removal. Scand J Infect Dis: 44: 551-4: 2012.



Delaware Street Clinic (Infectious Disease/HIV Clinic)

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases

Clinical Interests

Solid Organ Transplant; Infectious Disease; Nosocomial Infections; Infections in Immunocompromised patients; Bone Marrow Transplant Infectious Diseases; Fever of Unknown Origin

Clinical Experience Statement

Care Philosophy I aspire to treat the patient not only the disease. The patient is--after all--a human, a person with family and friends, not just someone with a disease.