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Internist, Infectious Disease Specialist (virus, bacteria, parasites)
24 years of experience
Accepting new patients


Education ?

Medical School Score Rankings
University of Pennsylvania (1988)
Top 25%

Awards & Distinctions ?

Drexel University School of Medicine

Affiliations ?

Dr. Fuchs is affiliated with 5 hospitals.

Hospital Affiliations



  • Hahnemann University Hospital
    230 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Dupont Hospital
  • Parkview Hospital
  • Lutheran Hospital of Indiana
  • Parkview North Hospital
  • Publications & Research

    Dr. Fuchs has contributed to 4 publications.
    Title Rescue of a Living Donor with Liver Transplantation.
    Date August 2008
    Journal American Journal of Transplantation : Official Journal of the American Society of Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons

    Postoperative liver failure is a rare complication after living donor liver resection. This is a case report of a 22-year-old healthy donor who was rescued with liver transplantation 11 days after right hemihepatectomy. Nine months later the patient is alive, and has fully recovered from his multiple organ failure. According to a review of the literature, there are four additional living liver donors, who received a liver transplant. Our own patient is the only survivor, so far. This case demonstrates that even in supposedly healthy living donors postoperative complications cannot be completely prevented. Although liver failure is rare in these patients, timely transplantation may need to be considered as the only life-saving treatment.

    Title Effect of a Four-week Course of Interleukin-10 on Cytokine Production in a Placebo-controlled Study of Hiv-1-infected Subjects.
    Date September 2007
    Journal European Cytokine Network

    Interleukin (IL)-10 suppresses synthesis of the pro-inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor (TNF)alpha, IL-1beta, and interferon (IFN)gamma. Since pro-inflammatory cytokines have been implicated in the production of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), cytokine synthesis in whole blood cultures were determined during a 4-week course of subcutaneous IL-10 injections in 33 HIV-1-infected patients. Patients were randomized into four groups: placebo (nine), IL-10 at 1 microg/kg/day (nine), IL-10 at 4 microg/kg/day (six) and IL-10 at 8 microg/kg three times per week (nine). Whole blood was obtained at the beginning and conclusion of the study and was stimulated for 24 hours with the combination of IL-18 plus lipopolysaccharide. TNFalpha production in stimulated whole blood was reduced three and six hours after the first injection of IL-10 compared to subjects injected with the placebo. After four weeks of treatment, production of IFNgamma was suppressed in a greater number of patients in the IL-10 treatment groups compared to subjects in the placebo group. Similarly, IL-1beta production was lower in the IL-10 treatment groups compared to subjects receiving placebo. In contrast, after four weeks of IL-10, circulating levels of the anti-inflammatory TNF soluble receptor p55 increased dose-dependently compared to placebo subjects. Patient heterogeneity and small sample size presented difficulties in establishing statistical significance. Although the cytokine changes in our study did not demonstrate statistically significant changes, the data nevertheless reveal that four weeks of IL-10 therapy in HIV-1 infected subjects produced the anticipated suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines.

    Title A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Trial of Recombinant Human Interleukin-10 in Hiv-infected Subjects.
    Date June 2001
    Journal Aids (london, England)

    OBJECTIVE: To determine the effect of multiple subcutaneous doses of recombinant human interleukin (rhuIL)-10 on plasma HIV RNA levels and CD4 T-cell counts, and to evaluate its safety and tolerability in HIV-infected subjects. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter trial. SUBJECTS: Thirty-nine HIV-infected subjects with CD4 T-cell counts > 200 x 10(6)/l, plasma HIV RNA concentrations > or = 3.18 log10 copies/ml and on stable antiretroviral therapy were recruited from six centers. INTERVENTION: Subjects received (subcutaneously) rhuIL-10 1 microg/kg daily, 4 microg/kg daily, 8 microg/kg three times per week, placebo daily or placebo three times per week for 4 weeks. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Prospectively defined outcomes included safety and tolerability, plasma HIV RNA levels and CD4 T-cell counts. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 during treatment and weeks 2 and 4 following completion of therapy. RESULTS: Baseline characteristics were similar in all groups. Compared to baseline, no significant change in plasma HIV RNA concentrations or CD4 T-cell counts was observed in any of the groups. RhuIL-10 was generally well tolerated. Two patients receiving rhuIL-10 4 microg/kg required discontinuation due to thrombocytopenia. One patient receiving rhuIL-10 4 microg/kg who had chronic hepatitis B and C infections discontinued drug because of elevated liver function tests. One patient receiving placebo discontinued study drug because of depression. CONCLUSION: The lack of a demonstrable virological benefit, as assessed by plasma viral load, with 4 weeks of rhuIL-10 does not support the development of this immune-based therapy for treatment of HIV infection.

    Title Clinical, Hematologic, and Immunologic Effects of Interleukin-10 in Humans.
    Date February 1997
    Journal Journal of Clinical Immunology

    We conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study to investigate the safety, pharmacokinetics, and immunological properties of interleukin-10 (IL-10) administration in healthy humans. Volunteers received a single intravenous bolus injection of recombinant human IL-10 (1, 10, or 25 micrograms/kg) or placebo. Cytokine production in whole blood and peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) was assessed before and 3, 6, 24, and 48 hr after the injection. Peak serum concentrations of IL-10 (15 +/- 1.1, 208 +/- 20.1, and 505 +/- 22.3 ng/ml) occurred after 2-5 min for 1, 10, and 25 micrograms/kg IL-10, respectively. The terminal-phase half-life was 3.18 hr. A transient leukocytosis (24-63% above baseline) was observed 6 hr after injection, which coincided with a dose-dependent decrease (12-24%) in neutrophil superoxide generation. There was a marked inhibition (60-95%) of endotoxin-induced IL-6 production from whole blood in each group receiving IL-10. Production of IL-8 in endotoxin-stimulated blood was reduced in the 10 micrograms/kg group. In PBMC stimulated with phytohemagglutinin and phorbol ester, there was a decrease (72-87%) in interferon-gamma (IFN gamma) production 6 hr after IL-10 with a return to pre-IL-10 levels after 24 hr. This reduction was only partially associated with a decrease in the number of CD2-bearing cells. We conclude that IL-10 administration into humans is without significant side effects, and a single injection reduces ex vivo production of IL-6, IL-8, and IFN gamma.

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