Luis F. Reyes, MD is a postdoctoral fellow appointed in the Pulmonary and Critical Care department at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) and is concurrently a PhD student in the translational science program at UTHSCSA.
Dr. Reyes is an intensivist who after finishing his clinical training has focused his career on severe life-threatening infectious disease research such as pneumonia and its complications. During the last years Dr. Reyes and his mentors have been working on research projects aimed at identifying the incidence and pathophysiology related to cardiovascular complications. Recently his group reported that Streptococcus pneumoniae (the pneumococcus) is capable of invading the heart and cause adverse cardiac events during invasive pneumococcal disease.
Dr. Reyes is part of the Global Initiative for MRSA Pneumonia (GLIMP) and the Cardiovascular Complications During Pneumococcal Pneumonia Group (Cardio SPN). These are two international, multicenter study groups whose aim is to identify the risk factors related with MRSA infection (GLIMP), and to describe the real worldwide incidence of cardiovascular complications during and after pneumococcal pneumonia (Cardio SPN).
Finally, in order to continue creating research projects originating in basic science but focused on improving the health of patients, Dr. Reyes is now part of the PhD program in translational science at UTHSCSA. This is an exciting joint program involving four of the most important universities in south Texas: University of Texas at Austin, UTHSCSA, University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Dr. Reyes is using his clinical background to bring the discoveries of basic science to the patient care setting. Our collective team at UTHSCSA has more than 75 years of experience working on the host-pathogen interactions responsible for the development of S. pneumoniae infection and is considered a center of excellence in pneumonia research.