Partners : PBIDI

Palm Beach Infectious Disease Institute

The Palm Beach Infectious Disease Institute (PBIDI) was established in 2001 by Dr. Istvan Krisko and is devoted to collaborative scientific research and education in the field of infectious diseases.

Its research efforts are concentrated on South Florida, addressing a variety of virulent superbugs indigenous to this area. Infectious diseases are a global concern. PBIDI’s research findings will benefit the local region and beyond, including countless other countries.

In 2014, PBIDI partnered with the HIV/AIDS Institute at the Miller School of Medicine to enhance the visibility of HIV/AIDS research and clinical efforts at the University and to match the Institute with philanthropic sources that support its mission.


Dr. Istvan Krisko is Founding Director of the Palm Beach Infectious Disease Institute (PBIDI), established in 2001. He is currently on the medical staff at Good Samaritan Medical Center, Jupiter Medical Center and St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Dr. Krisko was born in Hungary, and after leaving his homeland in 1956, he arrived in Houston, Texas. With determination and dedication to the field of medicine, he received his medical degree from Baylor University School of Medicine in 1963. Dr. Krisko then completed his internship and residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1965 where he received the Daniel Baker Memorial Award. He then advanced to receive his PhD in Biochemistry from The Rockefeller University in 1970.

Returning to Baltimore, he served as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Biology at The Johns Hopkins University and School of Medicine from 1970 to 1973. In 1974, he accepted a position in Houston as Chief, Section of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at the V.A. Hospital as well as Adjunct Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Assistant Professor of Pathology at Baylor College of Medicine.

In 1976, Dr. Krisko moved to West Palm Beach, Fla., where he began his private practice. He was responsible for establishing the Section of Infectious Diseases at The Good Samaritan Medical Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center and was the first Chief of Section at Good Samaritan Medical Center from 1988 to 1993. In 1992 he became the first recipient of the Alice Busch Gronewaldt Clinical Research Chair and in 1993 was appointed Associate Professor of Medicine, Voluntary Staff at the University of Miami School of Medicine.

Dr. Krisko continues his interest in research and is author of numerous peer reviewed publications in scientific journals. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Fellow of The American College of Physicians, as well as a member of The American Society of Microbiology, The Infectious Diseases Society of America, The Florida Infectious Diseases Society, and The American Federation of Clinical Research.