New York University School of Medicine

550 First Avenue
New York
NY
10016
USA
Phone: (646) 501-2469

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES AND TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Adam Ratner, MD, MPH
Research Interest: Congenital and perinatal infections, infectious causes of preterm birth, bacterial genomics and pathogenesis, microbiome, vaccines

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBERS:

  • William Borkowsky, MD
    Research Interest: HIV immunology, clinical trials
      
  • Shaffiq Essajee, MBBS
    Research Interest: Global public health, perinatal HIV, diagnostics
     
  • Aditya Kaul, MD
    Research Interest: HIV treatment and outcome, congenital viral infections
     
  • Alka Khaitan, MD
    Research Interest: T cell immunology, HIV, microbiome, global health
     
  • Jennifer Lighter, MD
    Research Interest: Antimicrobial stewardship, infection control

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

Hobbs CV, Voza T, Coppi A, Kirmse B, Marsh K, Borkowsky W, Sinnis P. HIV protease inhibitors inhibit the development of preerythrocytic-stage plasmodium parasites. J Infect Dis 2009; 199: 134-141.

Hobbs CV, Essajee SM. Early treatment of HIV: implications for resource-limited settings. Curr Opin HIV AIDS. 2009 May;4(3):222-31

Lighter J, Rigaud M, Eduardo R, Peng CH and Pollack H. Diagnosis of latent TB in children using the quantiferon-TB Gold-In-Tube assay. Pediatrics 2009; 123: 30-37.

Lighter J, M. Rigaud, M. Huie, C-H. Peng, H. Pollack. Chemokine IP-10: an adjunct marker for latent tuberculosis infection in children. Int J Tuberc Lung Dis 2009; 13: 731–736.

Wang R, Kozhaya L, Mercer F, Khaitan A, Fujii H, Unutmaz D. Expression of GARP selectively identifies activated human FOXP3+ regulatory T cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci 2009; 106: 13439-13444.

El Hed A, Khaitan A, Kozhaya L, Manel N, Daskalakis D, Borkowsky W, Valentine F, Littman D, Unutmaz D. Susceptibility of Human Th17 Cells to Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Their Perturbation during Infection. J Infect Dis 2010; 201: 843-854.

Khaitan A, Unutmaz D. Revisiting immune exhaustion during HIV infection. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep 2011; 8: 4-11.

Martin, J, Kaul A, Schacht R. Acute poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis: a manifestation of immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome. Pediatrics 2012;130: e710-e713.

Ramachandran V, Barry J, Abughali N, Friedman NR, Staugaitis SM, Goldfarb J. Tuberculous radiculomyelitis presenting in a toddler with lower extremity weakness and seizure. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2013; 32:919-921.

Oh DY, Madhusoodhan PP, Springer DJ, Inglima K, Chaudhri AA, Heitman J, Raetz EA, Khaitan A, Rigaud M. Cryptococcal osteomyelitis in an adolescent survivor of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2015;34: 662-666.

Oh DY, Dowling DJ, Ahmed S, Choi H, Brightman S, Bergelson I, Berger ST, Sauld JF, Pettengill M, Kho AT, Pollack HJ, Steen H, Levy O. Adjuvant-induced Human Monocyte Secretome Profiles Reveal Adjuvant- and Age-specific Protein Signatures. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2016 Jun;15(6):1877-94.

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:
NIH K08; NIH Pediatric Extramural Research Loan Repayment; Thrasher Research Fund (Young Investigator Award; Early Career Award); American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Postdoctoral Fellowship; Gerber Foundation; Potts Memorial Foundation Grant; NY State Empire Clinical Research Investigator Program (ECRIP); NIH-NYU CTSI; NYU Physician Scientist Training Award.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:
The NYU Fellowship Program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases prepares pediatricians for an academic career by providing clinical, research, and systems training that will qualify them for subspecialty board certification. Intensive inpatient clinical training takes place during the first year at NYU/Hassenfeld Children's Hospital, Bellevue Hospital Center, and the Hospital for Joint Diseases. This experience provides exposure to a broad range of general, urban, and global pediatric infectious diseases. Outpatient experiences involve participation in pediatric infectious diseases clinic, a comprehensive HIV clinic, and specialty clinics in viral hepatitis and tuberculosis. Formal training in clinical and diagnostic microbiology, virology and immunology as well as epidemiology, biostatistics, research design, grant writing, and infection control are provided. The second and third years of training are primarily devoted to laboratory-based or clinical research supervised by a faculty committee tailored to the needs and interests of each fellow. There are extensive research opportunities within the division, and trainees also have the opportunity to train in other laboratories and research groups throughout NYU Medical School and collaborating institutions. Electives are available to further develop clinical and research interests.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:
NYU/Hassenfeld Children's Hospital
Hospital for Joint Diseases
Bellevue Medical Center

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS: 62 (NYU site) + 47 (Bellevue site)

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? 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
Other: Antimicrobial Stewardship

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
Health Services: YES
HIV, Basic: YES
HIV, Clinical: YES
ACTG Site: YES
Other: vaccine research; translational infectious diseases research; global health

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

Other: Comparative effectiveness

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: NO*
Solid organ/transplantation: NO*
Travelers/adoptees: YES
Adults: NO*
Congenital immune deficiencies: YES
*
electives available

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

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

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 30

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