Infectious Diseases

Phone: 863-680-7190

Infectious disease specialists diagnose and treat infections caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi. Patients may be referred to the infectious disease department following an examination from their primary care provider, or from a specialist who requires assistance diagnosing and treating conditions such as pulmonary and surgical infections.  
The infectious disease specialist reviews all pre-existing medical records, conducts a routine physical examination, and performs a series of tests, X-rays, blood studies and cultures when necessary. Once a diagnosis is concluded, they have the ability to treat and prevent recurrence of most rare or uncommon infections through medications. They do not perform surgery, but may refer the patient to Watson Clinic's team of board-certified surgeons if the severity of their condition warrants such care.  
The infections treated by infectious specialists may affect the skin, soft tissue, sinuses, heart, brain, lungs, urinary tract, bowel, bones, pelvis, and a host of additional organs. The palette of conditions they treat are diverse, and range from the effects of common cold and flu, or strep throat, to more serious infections such as Hepatitis, HIV, AIDS and meningitis. Our infectious disease specialists provide specialized care to patients receiving treatment at the Lakeland Regional Wound Care Center as well. They may also be called upon to perform examinations and prescribe immunizations prior to a patient's international travel.  
Watson Clinic's board-certified infectious disease specialists work in conjunction with primary care physicians and other specialists to diagnose and manage a wide variety of infections. We’re proud of the credentials of our infectious disease specialists and welcome referrals.
Additional information about Hepatitis:
Viral hepatitis kills 1.5 million people worldwide each year. That’s as many people as HIV/AIDS. Viral hepatitis is inflammation of the liver caused by a virus and there are five different hepatitis viruses, hepatitis A, B, C, D and E. Find out more about the different types here. Watson Clinic supports the efforts of the World Health Organization by offering additional patient education on World Hepatitis Day, celebrated each year on the July 28. Millions of people across the world now take part in World Hepatitis Day, joining together to raise awareness about viral hepatitis, and to call for access to treatment, better prevention programs and government action.
Additional hepatitis resources:
Fast Facts about Hepatitis Handout

Dr. Tri Pham
        • Medical School: Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia, MD
        • Residency: Atlanta Medical Center, Atlanta, GA, Internal Medicine
        • Fellowship: University of Miami Jackson Health Systems, Miami, FL, Infectious Diseases
        • Board-certified: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
        • Member: American Medical Association, Infectious Diseases Society of America, American Academy of HIV Medicine

Dr. Tri Pham
        • Medical School: University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, MD
        • Internship: University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Pediatrics
        • Residency: Michigan State University/Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI
        • Fellowship: University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, Infectious Diseases
        • Board-certified: Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases
        • Member: American College of Physicians, Florida Medical Association, and Infectious Diseases Society of America

Physicians & Providers

Yeneneh Desta, MD
Tri M. Pham, MD


Watson Clinic Main
1600 Lakeland Hills Blvd.
Lakeland, FL 33805

Please call 863-680-7190 for additional information.