University of Utah

295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City
UT
84108
USA
Phone: 801-662-5704
Fax: 801-662-5755

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Anne J. Blaschke, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Molecular Microbiology Laboratory
RESEARCH INTEREST:Molecular diagnosis of bacterial and viral infections; applications of multiplex PCR and novel platforms; MRSA epidemiology and pathogenesis; antibiotic resistant infection

TRAINING PROGRAM CO-DIRECTORS:

Adam L Hersh, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
RESEARCH INTEREST:Antimicrobial stewardship; Health Services research; clinical epidemiology

Emily A. Thorell, MD, MSCI
Assistant Professor
Director, Antibiotic Stewardship Program
Associate Director, Hospital Epidemiology
RESEARCH INTEREST:Antimicrobial stewardship; Hospital Epidemiology; Quality Improvement

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Andrew T Pavia, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST:Epidemiology of emerging infections; influenza and respiratory infections; HIV in pregnant women and children; enteric diseases; diagnostic technology and the impact on care; biodefense

ASSOCIATE: Kwabena Krow Ampofo,MD (Professor)
RESEARCH INTEREST:Epidemiology of viral infections; community acquired pneumonia and empyema; antiviral therapy; tropical pediatrics

ASSOCIATE: Carrie Byington, MD (Professor, Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Vice Chair, Research Enterprise)
RESEARCH INTEREST:Epidemiology of fever in infants; viral infections in infants; epidemiology of pneumococcal disease; and novel diagnostic technology

ASSOCIATE: Beth Knackstedt, MD (Assistant Professor)
RESEARCH INTEREST:Infections in the immunocompromised child; Pediatric HIV; Quality Improvement; Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy

ASSOCIATE:Amy Herbener, MD (Assistant Professor)
RESEARCH INTEREST:Utility of viral diagnosis in children

ASSOCIATE: Jared Olson, PharmD (Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
RESEARCH INTEREST:Anti-infective utilization in children

ASSOCIATE: Russel Osguthorpe,MD (Assistant Professor)
RESEARCH INTEREST:Epidemiology of empyema and meningitis; Pathogenesis of Histoplasma infections.

ASSOCIATE: Susan Sanderson, APRN, DNP
RESEARCH INTEREST:Respiratory Viruses

TITLE(S) OF RECENT FELLOWS' PUBLISHED PAPERS OR RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  1. Bender, JM,Ampofo K, Gesteland P, Sheng X, Korgenski K, Raines B, Daly JA, Valentine K, Srivastava R, Pavia AT, Byington CL. Influenza virus infection in infants less than three months of age. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Jan;29(1):6-9.
  2. Bender, JM,Ampofo K, Gesteland P, Sheng X, Korgenski K, Raines B, Daly JA, Valentine K, Srivastava R, Pavia AT, Byington CL. Influenza virus infection in infants less than three months of age. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2010 Jan;29(1):6-9. PubMed PMID: 19915513.
  3. Bender JM,Ampofo K, Byington CL, Grinsell M, Korgenski K, Daly JA, Mason EO, Pavia AT. Epidemiology of Streptococcus pneumoniaeInduced hemolytic uremic syndrome in Utah children. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2010 Aug;29(8):712-6.
  4. Bender JM,Cox CM, Mottice S, She RC, Korgenski K, Daly JA, Pavia AT. Invasive Haemophilus influenzaeDisease in Utah Children: An 11-Year Population-Based Study in the Era of Conjugate Vaccine. Clin Infect Dis. 2010 Feb 23
  5. She RC, Taggart EW, Ruegner R, Hymas WC, Bender JM,Weir P, Petti CA. Identifying respiratory viruses in nasal mucus from children. Pediatr Infect Dis  J. 2010 Oct;29(10):970-2.
  6. Herrera Guerra AA,Osguthorpe RJ. Acute Neonatal Parotitis Caused by Streptococcus pyogenes: A Case Report. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Feb 17.
  7. Couturier BA, Bender JM,Schwarz MA, Pavia AT, Hanson KE, She RC. Oseltamivir-resistant influenza A 2009 H1N1 in immunocompromised patients. Influenza and Other Resp Viruses. 2010 Jul 1;4(4):199-204.
  8. Blaschke AJ, Heyrend C, Byington CL, Obando I, Vazquez-Barba I, Doby EH,Korgenski EK, Sheng X, Poritz MA, Daly JA, Mason EO, Pavia AT, Ampofo K. Molecular analysis improves pathogen identification and epidemiologic study of pediatric parapneumonic empyema. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011 Apr;30(4):289-94.
  9. Banerjee R, Hersh AL, Newland J, Beekmann SE, Polgreen P, Bender JM,Shaw J, Copelovitch L, Kaplan BS, Shah SS. Streptococcus pneumoniae-associated hemolytic uremic syndrome among children in North America.  Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal2011;30:736.
  10. Rubach MP, Bender JM,Mottice S, Hanson K, Weng HY, Korgenski K, Daly JA, Pavia AT. Increasing incidence of invasive Haemophilus influenzae disease in adults: Utah, USA. Emerg Infect Dis2011 Sep;17(9):1645-50.
  11. Ampofo K, Pavia AT, Stockmann C, Hersh AL, Bender JM,Blaschke AJ, Weng HY, Korgenski KE, Daly J, Mason EO, Byington CL. The changing epidemiology of invasive pneumococcal disease at a tertiary children's hospital through the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era: a case for continuous surveillance.  Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Mar;31(3):228-34.
  12. Doby EH,Benjamin DK Jr, Blaschke AJ, Ward RM, Pavia AT, Martin PL, Driscoll TA, Cohen-Wolkowiez M, Moran C. Therapeutic monitoring of voriconazole in children less than three years of age: a case report and summary of voriconazole concentrations for ten children. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Jun;31(6):632-5.
  13. Guerra A,Stockmann C, Ampofo K, Thorell E, Byington C, Hersh AL, Korgenski E, Wen, H-Y, Pavia A. Clinical and economic impact of rotavirus vaccination at a tertiary care and a community hospital. J Pediatr Infect Dis Society.2012
  14. Banerjee R, Beekmann SE, Doby EH, Polgreen PM, ML Rathore, Hersh AL. Outpatient Parenteral Antimicrobial Therapy Practices Among Pediatric Infectious Diseases Consultants: Results of an Emerging Infections Network Survey. J Ped Infect Dis 
  15. Doby EH,Stockmann C, Korgenski EK, Blaschke AJ, Byington CL. Cerebrospinal Fluid Pleocytosis in Febrile Infants 1-90 Days with Urinary Tract Infection.Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Apr 11.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:Our program is based on the commitment to train pediatric infectious disease specialists who will provide the best possible care for children and create new knowledge and understanding that will advance the care of children. Our location as the only children’s hospital for the region with the highest birthrate in the country and as a referral center drawing from five states provides broad, intense and balanced clinical experience. Didactic research training is available through a training grant in clinical investigation. Fellows can pursue research in clinical investigation, molecular diagnostics, informatics, or at the bench. We encourage fellows to explore opportunities in laboratories in the Department of Pediatrics, Medicine, Human Genetics, Structural Biology, or in the Program in Microbial Pathogenesis.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Primary Children's Medical Center (PCMC)
  • University of Utah Medical Center

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS:260 PCMC (43 NICU, 38 PICU, >12,000 admissions, >40,000 ED visits per year); 68 UUHC (48 NICU, 20 Well Baby Nursery)

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR:1

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD:YES

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS:YES

VISAS ACCEPTED:J1

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT?YES

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site:

Microbiology laboratory: YES
Clinical virus isolation laboratory: YES
Molecular diagnostics: YES
Other: Also available rotation to the Associated Regional and University Pathologists (ARUP) reference lab

Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology as:

Didactic lectures: YES
Hands on experience: YES
Infection Control Meetings/Membership: YES

Opportunity to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas:

Bacteriology/bacterial infections: YES
Epidemiology and statistics: YES
Infection control/hospital epidemiology: YES
Immunizations/Public health: YES
Mycology/fungal infections: YES
Parasitology/parasitic diseases: YES
Virology/viral diseases: YES
Antimicrobial agents: YES

Research opportunities in the section’s program could be describes as:

Basic (bench): YES (affiliated laboratories)
Molecular: YES
Translational: YES
Epidemiologic: YES
Clinical: YES
International/Public Health: YES
Health Services: YES
HIV, Basic: YES
ACTG Site: NO

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience n the laboratory of investigator(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section:YES

Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Master’s degree in a field such as Public Health, Education, Clinical Sciences, or Epidemiology (assuming appropriate arrangements are made):YES

Graduate school courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made):YES

Program provides substantial clinical experiences for trainees in special areas/hosts:

HIV: YES
Bone marrow transplantation: YES
Solid organ/transplantation: YES
Travelers/adoptees: YES
Adults:  NO
Congenital immune deficiencies: YES

Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactic lecture course for fellows (includes epidemiology, statistics, research design, and academic careers):YES

Program has an NIH-sponsored training grant:NO

The Infectious Diseases Service is the primary care provider for HIV-infected children and adolescents:YES

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month:12

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month:30

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month:60

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: 3