Karam Obeid, MD

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

Karam Obeid

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Mailing Address:
420 Delaware ST SE
D416 Mayo Memorial Building
MMC 250
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


  • 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.
  • Obeid KM, Szpunar S, Khatib R. Long term outcomes of cardiovascular implantable electronic devices in patients with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. Pacing Clin Electrophysiol: 35: 961-5: 2012.
  • Khatib R, Sharma M, Iyer S, Fakih MG, Obeid KM, Venugopal A, Fishbain J, Johnson LB, Segireddy M, Jose J, Riederer K. Decreasing incidence of Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia over nine years: greatest decline in community-associated methicillin-susceptible and hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant isolates. Am J Infect Control: 41: 210-3: 2013
  • Obeid KM, Effendi AR, Khatib R. Association of parvovirus B19 infection with glomerulonephritis in an immunocompetent host: a case report. Scand J Infect Dis 41: 11-12, 2009.
  • Obeid KM, Ferrara R, Sharma M. Cutaneous lesion induced by a subcutaneous administration of bortezomib. Clin Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Leukemia 12: 284-6: 2012.
  • Obeid KM, Venugopal AA. Gemcitabine-Associated "pseudocellulitis" and "pseudosepsis": a case report and review of literature. Am J Ther: 20: 118-20: 2013.
  • Book review of Tuberculosis: A Comprehensive Clinical Reference by Dr. H. Schaaf & A. Zumla Obeid KM, Saravolatz L.JAMA: 302: 2488-9.
  • Bhaskaran A*, Obeid KM*, Arberfeville S, Ferrieri P. Case of Trichosporon loubieri fungemia in a patient with B-Cell lymphoblastic leukemia. LAB MED: 47: 255-8: 2016.
  • Garg D, Obeid KM, Jacinto P, Szpunar S, Chandrasekar P, Johnson LB. Risk factors and outcomes associated with Nocardia bacteremia. Infect Dis Clin Practice. Infect Dis Clin Practice: 2015: 23: 307-9
  • Rashidi A, Obeid KM, Hill J, Warlick ED, Weisdorf DJ. Multiple transmissions of chromosomally integrated human herpes virus-6 in one family. Transplant Infect Dis. 2018;20:xxx-xxx.
  • Obeid KM, Cober E, Abounader D, Gerds AT, Mossad SB. Cytomegalovirus Infection in the Era of Preemptive Strategy in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Recipients: Progression from Viremia to Disease Remains Rare but Unpredictable. Infect Dis Clin Practice: Epublish ahead of print. Accepted 3/24/2017. DOI: 10.1097/IPC.0000000000000523



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.