Glenn W Wortmann


Colonel, Army

Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Hospital-acquired Infections
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Undergraduate: Princeton University, 1984
Medical School: Medical College of Virginia, 1988
Internship: Medical College of Virginia, 1989
Residency: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1992-1994
Fellowship, Infectious Diseases: Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 1995-1998


COL (Ret) Wortmann attended Princeton University on a ROTC scholarship, and was granted an educational delay to attend medical school at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed internship in Internal Medicine at MCV, but was then called onto active-duty and was assigned to the 536th General Dispensary in Ansbach, Germany where he served as a General Medical Officer from 1989-1992. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, following which he was assigned as an internist at Ft Eustis, VA. He then returned to WRAMC to complete a fellowship in Infectious Diseases. He remained at WRAMC following graduation, serving in a variety of positions to include Fellowship Program Director, Section Director and acting-Chief of Medicine. Following the closure of WRAMC in 2011, he served as the Chief of Infectious Diseases at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center until his retirement in 2012, when he moved to the MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC as the Section Director for Infectious Diseases and Program Director for the Infectious Diseases Fellowship. He stepped down as Program Director in 2017, and now splits his time as Section Director at MWHC and Medical Director for Infection Prevention at MedStar corporate.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

Section Director, Infectious Diseases, MedStar Washington Hospital Center: 2012-current

Medical Director for Infection Prevention, MedStar Institute for Quality and Safety: 2017-current

Program Director, Infectious Diseases Fellowship, MedStar Washington Hospital Center: 2012-2017

US Army: 1989-2012

Chief, Infectious Diseases Service, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: 2011-2012

Chief, Infectious Diseases Service, Walter Reed Army Medical Center: 2007-2011

Program Director, National Capital Consortium Infectious Diseases Fellowship: 2004-2011

Chief, ICU/ICW, 86th Combat Support Hospital, Tallil, Iraq: 2011

Chief of Medicine, 48th Combat Support Hospital, Bagram, Afghanistan: 2003

Chief, Internal Medicine Clinic, McDonald Army Community Hospital, Ft Eustis, VA: 1994-1995


Reuben J, Donegan N, Wortmann G, et al. Healthcare antibiotic resistance prevalence-DC(HARP-DC): a regional prevalence assessment of carbepenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in healthcare facilities in Washington, District of Columbia. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2017;38:921-929

Ramdeen SK, Wortmann GW. What stool testing is appropriate when diarrhea develops in a hospitalized patient? Cleve Clin J Med 2016;83:882-84.

Wortmann G, Zapor M, Ressner R, Fraser S, Hartzell J, Pierson J, Weintrob A, Magill A. Liposomal amphotericin B for the treatment of cutaneous leishmaniasis. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2010;83:1028-33

Kang G, Hartzell J, Howard R, Wood-Morris R, Johnson M, Fraser S, Weintrob A, Wortmann G. Mortality of Acinetobacter baumannii complex bacteremia among patients with war-related trauma. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2010;31:92-4

Wortmann G, Hochberg L, Arana B, Rizzo N, Arana F, Ryan J. Diagnosis of cutaneous leishmaniasis in Guatemala using a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay and the SmartCyclerTM. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2007;76:906-908

Wortmann G, Hochberg L, Houng HH, Sweeney C, Zapor M, Aronson N, Weina P, Ockenhouse CF. Rapid identification of Leishmania complexes by a real-time PCR assay. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2005;73:999-1004

Wortmann G, Miller RS, Oster C, Jackson J, Aronson A. A randomized, double-blinded study of the efficacy of a ten or twenty day course of sodium stibogluconate (Pentostam) for the treatment of cutaneous Leishmaniasis in U.S. servicemen. Clin Infect Dis 2002;35:261-267

Wortmann G, Sweeney C, Houng H, Aronson N, Stiteler J, Jackson J, Ockenhouse C. Rapid diagnosis of leishmaniasis by fluorogenic polymerase chain reaction. Am J Trop Med Hyg 2001;65:583-587