University of Nebraska Medical Center

42nd & Emilie
Omaha
NE
68198
USA
Phone: (402) 955-4005
Fax: (402) 955-3849

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES/TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:Kari A. Simonsen, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST:Molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases, tick borne infections, Clostridum difficile infections

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBERS:

  • Jessica N. Snowden, MD
    Tick borne infections
    Mouse model of CNS Infections
    Biofilm
     
  • Shirley F. Delair, MD
    Global Public Health
    HIV
     
  • Stephen K. Obaro, MD
    Serious bacterial infections in Nigerian children
    Pneumococcal vaccines
    Global Public Health
     
  • Herbert D. Davies, MD
    Group B Strep neonatal infections
     
  • Kari A. Neemann, MD
    Immunocompromised hosts
     
  • Andrea D. Green Hines, MD
    Antimicrobial stewardship

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

  1. Hoffman MA, Ramey AK, Hammel J, Truemper E, Kutty S, Chatterjee A. Recurrent mycotic aneurysm in a 2-year old boy with Group A Streptococcus Bacteremia.  Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Jun 5 [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Hoffman MA, Cornish NE, Simonsen KA. A painful thigh lesion in an immunocompromised 11 year-old boy.  Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2011;30(11):1011, 1011-1018
  3. Hoffman MA, Birge ND, Chatterjee A, Cavalier SJ, Akhtar JI, Cornish NE, Truemper EJ, Varman M. Lemierre-like syndrome, a series of unique cases.  Clin Pediatr 2010;49(9):893-6
  4. Green A. Twelve year-old female with Short Bowel Syndrome Presents With Dizziness and Confusions, accepted for publication November 9, 2011  PIDJ, vol 31, No 4, April 2012
  5. K Neemann, D.D. Eichele, P.W. SMith, R. Bociek, M. Akhtari, A. Freifeld. Fecal microbiota transplantation for fulminant Clostridum difficile infection in an allogenic stem cell transplant patient.  Transpl Infect Dis 2012: 14: E161-165.  All rights reserved

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:
Internally Funded

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: The Pediatric Infectious Diseases training program is a three-year program combining broad clinical training at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medical Center, Children's Hospital and Medical Center, and Creighton University Medical Center. Our goal is to prepare pediatricians for a career in academic pediatric infectious diseases.

Research may be pursued with any principal investigator affiliated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center or Creighton University Medical Center. A wide range of research opportunities are possible, including basic science, translational, clinical trials, and educational outcomes. Examples of research interests of the faculty include molecular testing for enteric pathogens, tick-borne infections, animal models of central nervous system catheter infections, HIV and pediatric global health.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Children's Hospital & Medical Center
    Number of Pediatric Beds: 
    80 MS/46 NICU/19 PICU
     
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
    Number of Pediatric Beds: 20 GP/12 PICU/34-38 NICU
     
  • Creighton University Medical Center
    Number of Pediatric Beds: 12 MS/21 NICU

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD

FUNDING IS 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:

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
Community:  YES
Epidemiologic: YES
Clinical: YES
International/Public Health: YES
HIV, Basic: YES
HIV, Clinical: YES

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience n the laboratory of investigator(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section: NO

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:

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

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month:

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