Northwestern University/Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Avenue #20
Chicago
IL
60611
USA
Phone: 312-227-4080
Fax: 312-227-9709

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:  William J. Muller, MD, PhD
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Transplant ID; Clinical trials; Pathogenesis of CNS viral infections

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD
RESEARCH INTERESTS:  Microbial/microbiome genetics, physiology, and pathogenesis

ASSOCIATES/DIVISION MEMBERS:

  • Ellen G Chadwick, MD
    Research Interests: Pediatric HIV-infection; Medical Education

  • Anne H Rowley, MD
    Research Interests: Etiology and Pathogenesis of Kawasaki Disease; Molecular Biology

  • Ben Z Katz, MD
    Research Interests: Epstein-Barr Virus; Adenovirus Infection; Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; International Travel

  • Tina Q. Tan, MD
    Research Interests: Pneumococcal Infection; Methicillin-Resistance Staphylococcus aureus Infection; Antibiotic Resistance; Vaccines; Pertussis; International Travel; International Adoption

  • Bessey E. Geevarghese, DO
    Research Interests: Skin & Soft tissue infections, Immunizations, Fever of unknown origin, Hospital infection control, Kawasaki disease, Antimicrobial Stewardship

  • Sameer J. Patel, MD, MPH
    Research Interests: Antimicrobial stewardship; Multi-drug resistant infections; Patient safety and quality

  • Larry Kociolek, MD, MSCI
    Research Interests: Clostridium difficile clinical and molecular epidemiology in pediatric patients, infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Kawasaki Disease, recurrent/prolonged fever

  • Leena K. Mithal, MD, MSCI
    Research Interests: Neonatal sepsis; Congenital cytomegalovirus

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

  • Establishing sites of latency and reactivation of cytomegalovirus in solid organ transplant recipients
  • Improving the diagnosis of invasive fungal infection in stem cell and oncology patients
  • Genomic Analysis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Isolates Causing Early Infection in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Ideal and actual impact of rapid diagnostic testing on antibiotic prescribing and clinical outcomes in children with positive blood cultures
  • High Prevalence of Rectal and Penile Coital Injury Among Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM) at a U.S. Public Health Department Sexually Transmitted Infection Clinic: Associations with STIs and Behavior
  • Cord blood biomarkers and 16S rRNA PCR for early diagnosis of sepsis in premature infants
  • Molecular epidemiologic survey and risk factor assessment of Clostridium difficile infections in children
  • National variability in surveillance, testing, and infection prevention for Clostridium difficile infection in pediatric populations

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

Thrasher Research Fund Early Career Award (three recipients in the past six years)
T32 (shared program with adult ID)

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: 

Our fellows are critical to the division's mission to achieve excellence in teaching, research, clinical care, and advocacy related to childhood infections and their prevention. Our ACGME-accredited Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Training Program is three years in duration and includes a balanced and well-organized experience in teaching, research, and clinical training. Primary teaching and clinical training are based at Lurie Children's, with research training opportunities available at sites throughout Chicago. The program provides education in immunology, microbiology, epidemiology, virology, clinical pharmacology, antimicrobial stewardship, and infection prevention and control as they relate to patient care, and training in the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. The development of teaching skills is emphasized, with fellows given opportunities to develop public speaking and didactic skills. A program leading to the MPH or MSCI degree can be arranged.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:  Northwestern Memorial Hospital

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS:  288

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR:  1

TRAINING FOR:   MD; DO; MD, PhD

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS:  YES

VISAS ACCEPTED:  J1, Other

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  

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
  • Molecular: YES
  • Translational: YES
  • Epidemiologic: YES
  • Clinical: YES
  • International/Public Health: YES
  • Health Services: YES
  • HIV, Basic: YES
  • HIV, Clinical: YES
  • ACTG Site: YES  

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: YES
  • 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: 15-20

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 50-60

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 60-90

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