University of Alabama at Birmingham

1600 7th Ave S, CHB 308
Birmingham
AL
35233
USA
Phone: (205) 934-2441
Fax: (205) 975-6549

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: 
Scott H. James, MD

DIVISION DIRECTOR OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES:
Richard Whitley, MD
David Kimberlin, MD (Co-Director)


DIVISION FACULTY RESEARCH INTERESTS:

Richard Whitley, MD – Neonatal herpesvirus infections, HSV gene therapy, antiviral therapy for pediatric viral infections

David Kimberlin, MD – Antiviral therapy for congenital and neonatal herpesvirus infections

William Britt, MD – Congenital CMV, CMV virion assembly, animal models for CMV neuropathogenesis and hearing loss

Suresh Boppana, MD – Congenital CMV infections, Tuberculosis

Maaike Everts, PhD – Drug discovery

Karen Fowler, MD – Epidemiologic studies of maternal and congenital CMV infections, the role of congenital CMV infection in sensorineural hearing loss in children

Cecelia Hutto, MD – Epidemiology and diagnosis of perinatal and congenital infections, natural history of HIV infections in children, hospital infection control and prevention

Scott James, MD – Emerging antiviral resistance in congenital CMV infection, translational molecular virology with an emphasis on studying genomic diversity and antiviral resistance in herpes viruses

Mark Prichard, PhD – Antiviral drug development, mechanisms of herpes virus drug resistance

Shannon Ross, MD – Pathogenesis of congenital CMV related to hearing loss and maternal CMV infections

Veronica Sanchez, PhD – Effects of CMV infection of cytoskeletal dynamics and lipid metabolism and how these cellular processes contribute to viral pathogenesis


MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:
Guided by the philosophy that the principal role of the pediatric ID specialist is to improve understanding of the pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases, this program places a high priority on developing well-trained physician-scientists. We provide a three-year program that provides individuals with sufficient training to pursue a career of independent research, teaching, and patient care in pediatric infectious diseases. Trainees will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and manage a wide variety of pediatric infectious diseases with sound medical judgment, a commitment to responsible patient care, and a high degree of professionalism. Our research environment enables trainees to gain applied experience in the design and conduct of scientific research that will allow them to grow into independent investigators.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • The Children's Hospital of Alabama
  • UAB Women & Infants Center
  • University Hospital (UAB)

AVAILABLE FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS: 1-2/YEARLY

NUMBER OF TRAINEES COMPLETING PROGRAM IN THE LAST 5 YEARS: 6

TRAINING FOR: MD; DO; MD, PhD

FUNDING ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, H1B

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT? NO

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING

  • Provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site: YES 
  • Provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology: YES 
  • Provides training in antimicrobial stewardship: YES 
  • Provides global health opportunities: YES

Program provides substantial experience for trainee in:

  • HIV
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Solid organ/transplantation
  • Travelers/adoptees
  • Congenital immune deficiencies
  • Congenital and perinatal infections

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

  • Bacteriology/bacterial infections
  • Epidemiology and statistics
  • Infection Control/hospital epidemiology
  • Immunizations/Public health
  • Mycology/fungal infections
  • Parasitology/parasitic diseases
  • Virology/viral diseases
  • Antimicrobial agents/antimicrobial stewardship

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience in the laboratory of investigator(s) who is/are not faculty of the section.

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).

Graduate School courses are available to trainee (assuming appropriate arrangements are made).

Program includes ABP-required core curricula in scholarly activities in didactic lecture and or experiential courses for fellows (epidemiology, statistics, research design, quality improvement and academic careers).

Program has an NIH-sponsored training grant.

The Infectious Diseases Service is the primary care provider for HIV infected children and adolescents.