Dr. Zola Nlandu (pronounced Lan-doo), born in Albany, New York, received his medical degree and graduated with honors from the University of the West Indies Mona Campus in Kingston, Jamaica, in 2013. He later worked as a medical intern and senior house officer at the University Hospital of the West Indies. In 2016, he relocated to Athens, Georgia to commence his Internal Medicine Residency at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center. In 2019, he completed his Internal Medicine Residency and went on to become board certified in Internal Medicine later that year. Dr. Nlandu, then went on to complete a 2-year long Fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of South Florida (Tampa General Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, James A. Haley Veteran’s Hospital and Florida Department of Health) in Tampa, Florida in 2021. Dr. Nlandu will seek board certification in Infectious Disease later this year.
Dr. Nlandu has received numerous awards during his medical training including Intern of The Year 2016-2017 and Best Ambulatory Clinic Intern at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, 2016-2017. There he was also a recipient of the Enriching Lives Award in 2019. In 2021, he was awarded by the James A Haley Veterans’ Hospital, the Most Outstanding Infectious Disease Fellow Award. He has also been featured in the New York Times, discussing his experience working during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Nlandu, has numerous publications, has given talks on podcasts and has also delivered an oral presentation at the Infectious Disease Society of America ID week conference in 2020.
- Great Mimics of Infectious Diseases: A False Tale of Rashes and Fevers
- Opioids and Infectious Diseases: the Dual Epidemic
Dr. Nlandu is passionate about the care of patients living with acute and chronic infections, antimicrobial stewardship, the use of rapid diagnostic tests in Infectious Disease and teaching the next generation of medical professionals.
Outside of work, he enjoys reading, volunteering, playing FIFA online, watching soccer, keeping up to date with world news and spending quality time with his growing family.