Dea Nizharadze, MD
We are one of the few centers in the world dedicated to phage therapy. It is part of the Eliava Institute of Bacteriophages, Microbiology and Virology, a research facility with broad experience in bacteriophage science and applications since 1923.
The Eliava Phage Therapy Center has specialists in the fields of Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Urology, Gynecology and offers outpatient surgical consultations whose treatment strategies emphasize the use of bacteriophage as the cornerstone of complex medical service.
Bacteriophage therapy is the use of “good” viruses (bacterial viruses) to treat antibiotic resistant or chronic bacterial infections. The bacterial virus acts directly and exclusively on the target bacteria to destroy it through a process called “lysis.”
Patients visit the Eliava Phage Therapy Center from around the world to combat antibiotic resistant infections with the Eliava’s unique therapeutic bacteriophages. Phage preparations for therapeutic and prophylactic use are made with a selection of bacteriophages with a wide spectrum of activity against the specific disease-causing bacteria. This is determined by performing bacteriological analysis from the clinical sample.
Phage therapy is a viable alternative treatment for infection. It is an especially useful tool for chronic and antibiotic resistant infections.
Bacteria like MRSA, ESBL and CRE and VRE are superbugs that have become the scary reality of today’s world.
Phage can target multiple antibiotic resistant infections and also prove advantageous in treating infections that can’t be effectively treated with antibiotics due to poor blood circulation or bacterial biofilms, because of their ability to translocate within wounds and in the body. They are a helpful solution for the treatment of infections in people with allergies to antibiotics, as well as help protect the bacterial ecology (due to phage specificity) in the gut.
As phage is a naturally occurring organism, it has the ability to adapt and modify to changing antibiotic resistance, being bacteria’s natural predator, there are great opportunities to discover “new” bacteriophage against those bacteria.
The G. Eliava Institute of Bacteriophage, Microbiology and Virology in Tbilisi, Georgia is one of the world leaders in phage therapy research and has an unprecedented collection of bacteriophages that can be utilized for developing custom phage preparations.
To combine the best treatment modalities to achieve good health for our patients. We believe in a holistic approach to therapy and combine phage therapy with other modalities to achieve maximal results. All of our specialists are involved in the care of each patient. Our patient is our priority.
Our specialists have combined a wealth of medical knowledge with many years of clinical experience using phage therapy. We utilize a close working relationship with the Eliava’s diagnostic center to provide the most accurate assessment of the infection.
We’ll provide hands-on treatment in the clinic and education you can take home with you, enabling you to become an active participant in your recovery and future health.
We are committed as healthcare professionals to help our patients resume their lifelong pursuit of health, and well-being focusing on treating chronic and antibiotic resistant infections with phage therapy.
To be a clinic that offers hope to patients in need. To work as a team of highly qualified professionals to carry out phage therapy in using the best medical practice possible.
We take a goal-oriented approach to healing. Whatever your goals might be we want to help you achieve them.
Nurse / Phlebotomist
Patient Relations Manager