Dr. Jelena Catania is board-certified in internal medicine and infectious disease. She began her medical career at New York Medical College, where she graduated with Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed her residency at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. After her medical training, Dr. Catania completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases, Transplant Infectious Diseases, and Medical Microbiology at Duke University in North Carolina. While at Duke, Dr. Catania’s research interests included designing infectious diseases prophylaxis protocols in transplant patients and antifungal susceptibilities of Cryptococcus and Candida species. She is working on completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Sciences on correlation between clinical outcomes and fluconazole minimum inhibitory concentrations in Cryptococcus neoformans.

Dr. Catania was welcomed to the University of Central Florida (UCF), College of Medicine in 2015 as an assistant professor in medicine. Currently, her primary role with UCF is as an instructor for the health and disease and practice of medicine modules, but she is interested in teaching and precepting students and residents in infectious diseases and medical microbiology. She also has interest in developing a research program in chronic hepatitis C and clinical outcomes in using novel microbiology diagnostic assays. Her primary clinical appointment is at the Orlando Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, as a staff infectious disease physician and the section director of the clinical microbiology laboratory. Dr. Catania has presented her research at international conferences and authored several publications.

Recent Publications

Quick M, Tomasevic J, Wright EM. Functional Asymmetry of the Human Na+/Glucose Transporter (hSGLT1) in Bacterial Membrane Vesicles. Biochemistry, 2003; 42(30):9147‐52.

Binnicker MJ, Popa AS, Catania J, Alexov M, Tsaras G, Lloyd F, Wengenack NL, Enzler MJ. Meningeal Coccidioidomycosis Diagnosed by Real‐Time Polymerase Chain Reaction Analysis of Cerebrospinal Fluid. Mycopatholgia, 2011; 171(4):285‐9.

Tapia GG, Razonable RR, Eckel‐Passow JE, Lahr BD, Afessa B, Keegan MT, Catania J, Baddour LM. A Scoring Model of Factors Associated with Candida glabrata Candidemia Among Critically Ill Patients. Mycoses, 2012; 55(3):228‐36.

Catania J, Martin SS, Corey GR, Sexton DS. Diagnostic Dilemma in a Returning Traveler with Fever. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis, 2013; 77(1):85‐6.

Alexander BD, Johnson MD, Pfeiffer CD, Jiménez‐Ortigosa C, Catania J, Booker R, Castanheira M, Messer SA, Perlin DS, Pfaller MA. Increasing echinocandin resistance in Candida glabrata: clinical failure correlates with presence of FKS mutations and elevated minimum inhibitory concentrations. Clin Infect Dis, 2013; 56(12):1724‐32.

Catania J, Que LG, Govert JA, Hollingsworth JW, Wolfe CR, High ICU Admission Rate for 2013‐2014 Influenza is Associated With a Low Rate of Vaccination, Am J Resp Crit Care Med, 2014; 189(4):485-7.

Education & Specialties

  • MD, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • Resident, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Fellow, Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Fellow, Transplant Infectious Diseases, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Fellow Medical Microbiology, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC


  • Infectious Diseases
  • Medical Microbiology

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