Dr. Carlos Cervera Alvarez

Associate Professor

Department of Medicine

Division of Infectious Diseases
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About Me

Dr. Carlos Cervera is currently appointed as Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He completed his first professional degree at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1994 and specialty training in Internal Medicine in 2001. He completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at the University of Barcelona with original research on innate immunity receptors and the risk of post-transplant infections.

Dr. Cervera’s research interests include the study of infections in the immunocompromised hosts including solid organ transplantation, opportunistic infections and viral infections. He has published over 170 research articles and 10 book chapters.

Publication list:

1. Thomson Reuters: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/U-4538-2018

2. Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?user=lPi17ZoAAAAJ&hl=en


My teaching philosophy is divided in 2 major areas. The first one is clinical teaching. I try to teach on the bedside, seeing patients and offering the fellows and students an actualized vision of the most frequent clinical issues. To do this I try to approach my students either in the routine clinical practice, discussing clinical cases, or in structured teaching classes. Informal teaching is one of the most efficient ways to obtain results because the student is able to identify problems and possible solutions based on the most recent literature. The second area in which I focus my teaching is in research and mentoring. I try to teach how to do clinical research and how to develop an academic career. I usually try to involve the student in a small study which allows learning the methodology of research. I always insist the student to disseminate the results of the research in a medical congress or a publication. Thus, I consider my educational and teaching philosophy as "learning doing research". This is how I have based my teaching activity the last years and I think I have achieved very good results.


Dr. Cervera's research areas involve infectious complications of solid organ transplant patients and infective endocarditis. His doctoral thesis focused on the influence of innate immune receptors single nucleotide polymorphisms on the development of infections after solid organ transplantation. In terms of publications, Dr. Cervera has around 140 publications in peer-reviewed journals, more than 15 books chapters and several founded research grants.

Research Keywords

bacterial infection and persistence, cytomegalovirus, immunocompromised hosts, infection, transplant infectious disease