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Sanford Health welcomes Shayla Hesse, MD, to the infectious disease team

Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota welcomes Shayla Hesse, MD, to the infectious disease team at the Sanford Bemidji Main Clinic.

Dr. Hesse studied biology at the University of Chicago in Chicago, IL, before attending medical school at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, FL. She later gained valuable knowledge during her residencies with the department of internal medicine at Baylor College of Medicine located in Houston, TX, and her fellowship with the department of infectious disease at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

Before joining Sanford Health, Dr. Hesse was a National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) provider at the National Institute of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, where she provided in-house, after-hours coverage for hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients and benign hematology patients.

During her time at the NIH Clinical Center, Dr. Hesse participated in basic science research aimed at identifying new therapies for antimicrobial-resistant infections. In 2019, she was awarded the Fellows Award for Research Excellence to recognize her scientific accomplishments.

This past year, while Dr. Hesse was a member of the COVID-19 Outbreak Response Team at the NIH Clinical Center, she also received a National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Merit Award for her contributions to the COVID-19 outbreak response team and for her positive and selfless impact during the pandemic.

Available through referral, Dr. Hesse treats contagious and immunological diseases caused by bacteria, fungi, parasites or other infections. She specializes in identifying and treating illness in adults. Some of the conditions that Dr. Hesse can treat include bone and joint infections, COVID-19, endocarditis, hepatitis, human parainfluenza viruses (HPIV), Lyme disease, meningitis, roseola, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis (TB) and the West Nile virus.

When asked about the care she provides, Dr. Hesse shared, “I strive to provide care that is simultaneously compassionate, evidence-based and patient-centered.”

Outside of her role as a physician, Dr. Hesse enjoys reading, cross country skiing, watching professional sports, lake activities and learning how to fish.