Talha Riaz, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - (Clinical Series Track)
  • Orthopedics Infectious Diseases

Dr Riaz was born in Pakistan where he spent his formative years and earned his medical degree from the King Edward Medical College which happens to be the second oldest medical school in the Indian subcontinent. His interest in infectious diseases began while completing a research fellowship in cardiovascular infectious diseases at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This was followed by residency in internal medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Akron General. He completed his general infectious diseases fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Mentored by Dr Camelia Marculescu, he found enjoyment and intrigue in taking care of patients with musculoskeletal infections. He furthered his skills in the management of orthopedics infectious diseases and went again to the Mayo clinic and completed a fellowship in Orthopedics infectious diseases. Working under the membership of national leaders in Ortho ID including Dr Doug Osmon was truly a humbling experience. He has worked on multiple projects pertaining to osteoarticular infections including a multi- center research study that focused on the risk factors of fungal prosthetic joint infections.

Following completion of his fellowship, he worked in the Cleveland Clinic health system and served as staff at the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). In addition to his research interest in musculoskeletal infections, he also enjoys taking care of patients with cardiovascular infections including infective endocarditis and patients with cardiovascular device related infections. He also enjoys teaching and mentoring medical students and residents.

Research Interests: 

Orthopedics infectious diseases
Cardiovascular infectious diseases
Infections in the immunocompromised host 

Faculty Type: 
Core Faculty
  • MBBS: King Edward Medical College, Lahore, Pakistan, 2010
Honors and Awards
  • IDWeek 2017 Travel Award, Infectious Disease Society of America
  • IDWeek 2018 Travel Award, Infectious Disease Society of America
  • Cleveland Clinic/Akron General Medical Center, Internal Medicine, 2013-2016
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Infectious Diseases, 2016-2018
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, Orthopedics Infectious Diseases, 2018-2019
  • Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, Research Fellowship Cardiovascular Infections, 2012-2013
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine, 2016
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, 2019