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Doctor Detective: Dr. Topiel

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Don’t ever tell Dr. Martin Topiel that a patient’s problem can’t be solved.

For Dr. Topiel, Virtua’s chief of infection prevention, the bigger the problem, the more he digs in his heels. His stubborn determination has helped save people and pulled them back from the life-threatening manifestations of sepsis, a severe immune reaction that can shut down someone’s lungs, liver and kidneys in hours.

A modern-day Sherlock Holmes, Dr Topiel uses decades of clinical knowledge and experience to solve medical mysteries. If Dr. Topiel and the team of infectious disease physicians and preventionists can’t fix a problem stealing someone’s life, they consult with fellow infectious disease docs around the country until answers are found. Dr. Topiel’s practice includes everything from garden variety strep throat to mosquito-borne dengue fever to anthrax – a bacteria-caused disease so rare it only presents as skin infection once a year in the US, and as pneumonia – rarely. Yet it was one that Dr. Topiel accurately diagnosed and cured.

“We don’t treat diseases. We take care of people who happen to have illnesses. Inside every patient is a person suffering and scared. It’s our commitment to care for the whole person. It’s what every Virtua patient and family deserve.“
Martin Topiel, MD