State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

450 Clarkson Avenue
Brooklyn
NY
11203-2098
USA
Phone: (718) 270-3097
Fax: (718) 270-1985

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Margaret R. Hammerschlag, MD
Epidemiology, immunology, diagnosis and treatment of Chlamydia trachomatis and C. pneumoniae infections. Epidemiology and diagnosis of STDs in children being evaluated for suspected sexual abuse.

DIVISION DIRECTOR OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES:  Stephan Kohlhoff, MD
C. pneumoniae infections and asthma, immunology of C. trachomatis infections, HIV infections in children and adolescents, disaster planning.

ASSOCIATES/DIVISION MEMBERS:

  • Natalie Banniettis, MD
    Research Interest: Epidemiology of C. trachomatis infections in children and adolescents, C. trachomatis in pregnancy. Immunology of C. trachomatis infections. HIV in adolescents, treatment of S. aureus infections.

  • Matthew Gesner, MD 
    Research Interest: HIV in children and adolescents

  • Erick Mayer, MD
    Research Interest: HIV in children and adolescents

  • Tamar Smith-Norowitz, PhD
    Research Interest: C. pneumoniae and reactive airway disease-immunology

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

  • Nathawad R, Gesner M, Kohlhoff SA, Hammerschlag MR. Management of bone and joint infections in children: recent experience at an urban medical center. Infect Dis Clin Prac. 20:49-52, 2012.

  • Nathawad R, Hammerschlag MR, Mendez HA. Colonization with Staphylococcus aureus in HIV-infected children and adolescents in Brooklyn, NY. J Pediatr Infect Dis 7:97-102, 2012.

  • Chotikanatis K, Kohlhoff SA, Hammerschlag MR. In vitro activity of nemonoxacin, a novel nonfluorinated quinolone antibiotic, against Chlamydia trachomatis and Chlamydia pneumoniae.
    Antimicrob Agents Chemother 58:1800-1801, 2014

  • Kumar S, Smith-Norowitz TA, Kohlhoff, S, Apfalter P, Roblin P, Kutlin A, Harkema J, Ng SP, Doherty-Lyons S, Zelikoff, JT, Hammerschlag MR. Exposure to cigarette smoke and Chlamydia pneumoniae infection in mice: effect on infectious burden, systemic dissemination, and cytokine responses.  J Immunotox, 2:1-7, 2015.

  • Chotikanatis K, Suman N, Bäcker M, Paudyal B, Schoeneman M, Kohlhoff S, Hammerschlag MR. Pediatric fistula initiative: Reducing bloodstream infections in an outpatient pediatric hemodialysis center. J Pediatr Infect Dis Soc 4:363-636, 2015.

  • Arun A, Swamy S, Jacob K, Sharma R, Kohlhoff SA, Hammerschlag MR. Evaluation of clinical outcome in children and adolescents receiving vancomycin for invasive infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Impact of increasing vancomycin MICs. Minerva Pediatr 2016 Dec 22. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Banniettis N, Joshi S, Kaushik S, Kohlhoff S, Hammerschlag MR. Diagnostic practices for suspected community acquired central nervous system infection in the post conjugate vaccine era. Pediatr Emerg Care, 2017 May 1. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000001147. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Banniettis N, Thumu S, Weedon J, Szigeti A, Chotikanatis K, Hammerschlag MR, Kohlhoff SA. Seroprevalence of Chlamydia trachomatis in inner-city children and adolescents – implications for vaccine development. Sex Transm Dis 44(12):717-721, 2017.

  • Banniettis N, Beekmann, SE, Polgreen PM, Kaushik S, Kohlhoff S, Gilbert D, Bennett JE, Hammerschlag MR. Management practices for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections with vancomycin in North American adults – An EIN Survey. Open Forum Infect Dis, in press 2018.

 


MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

The program serves a large inner city population, which is both multi-ethnic and multicultural. During the 3 years of training the fellow will a see a very diverse population of patients. The division is also home of the SUNY Downstate Chlamydia Research Laboratory, which offers many opportunities for bench and clinical research.


AFFILIATED HOSPITALS: University Hospital of Brooklyn, Kings County Hospital Center

AVAILABLE FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS: We have 2 positions over a 3-year period.

TRAINING FOR:
MD
DO
MD, PhD

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? NO

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

Program provides training in diagnostic microbiology using laboratories on site.

Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology.

Program provides training in antimicrobial stewardship.

Program provides global health opportunities.

Program provides substantial experience for trainee in:

  • HIV
  • Solid organ/transplantation
  • Travelers/adoptees
  • Adults
  • Congenital immune deficiencies
  • Sickle cell disease

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
  • Antimicrobial agents/antimicrobial stewardship
  • Chlamydia infections

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 trainees (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).

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