Columbia University Medical Center

622 West 168th Street, PH4W-468
New York
NY
10032
USA
Phone: (212) 305-9683
Fax: (212) 342-5218

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Natalie Neu, MD, MPH
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Adolescent HIV; Adolescent sexually transmitted infections; Pediatric candidemia; Pediatric infectious diseases clinical trials

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Anne A Gershon, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Vaccines; Varicella-zoster virus infections, including latency; Prevention and treatment of varicella and zoster; Opportunistic infections in children with HIV

ASSOCIATE: Mark Foca, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: HIV; Tuberculosis; Infections in Transplant Patients

ASSOCIATE: Philip L Graham, III, MD , MSc
RESEARCH INTEREST: Hospital epidemiology and infection control, healthcare-associated infections; MRSA; Neonatal Infections; Quality improvement

ASSOCIATE: Philips LaRussa, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pediatric HIV; Immunization Safety; Varicella-Zoster Virus Infections

ASSOCIATE: Paul J. Planet, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: S. Aureus, Cystic Fybrosis

ASSOCIATE: Alice Prince, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pathogenesis of pulmonary infection; Airway bacterial pathogens; Cystic Fibrosis

ASSOCIATE: Adam J. Ratner, MD, MPH
RESEARCH INTEREST: Bacterial pathogenesis; Infectious causes of preterm birth; Immune responses to colonizing bacteria; Neonatal/congenital infections

ASSOCIATE: Lisa Saiman, MD, MPH
RESEARCH INTEREST: Hospital Epidemiology; Cystic Fibrosis; Antimicrobial drub resistance

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

  1. Gagliardo C, Murray M, Saiman L, Neu N. Initiation of Antiretroviral Therapy in Youth with HIV: A U.S.-Based Provider Survey. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2013 Aug 12. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:23937549
     
  2. Gagliardo C, Saiman L. What is the evidence behind recommendations for infection
    control?
    Adv Exp Med Biol. 2011;719:163-9. PMID: 22125043
     
  3. Hymes SR, Randis TM, Sun TY, Ratner AJ. DNase inhibits Gardnerella vaginalis biofilms in vitro and in vivo. J Infect Dis. 2013 May 15;207(10):1491-7. PMID:23431033
     
  4. Hooven TA, Randis TM, Hymes SR, Rampersaud R, Ratner AJ. Retrocyclin inhibits Gardnerella vaginalis biofilm formation and toxin activity. J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 Dec;67(12):2870-2. PMID: 22855857
     
  5. Baird JS, Buet A, Hymes SR, Ravindranath TM, Zackai S, Cannon JM, Messina M, Sury J, Green R, Della-Latta P, Jenkins SG, Greenwald BM, Furuya EY, Graham PL 3rd, Sonnett FM, Platt S, DeLaMora P, Saiman L. Comparing the clinical severity of the first versus second wave of 2009 Influenza A (H1N1) in a New York City pediatric healthcare facility. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 Jul;13(4):375-80. PMID:22198811
     
  6. Yen C, Jakob K, Esona MD, Peckham X, Rausch J, Hull JJ, Whittier S, Gentsch JR, LaRussa P. Detection of fecal shedding of rotavirus vaccine in infants following their first dose of pentavalent rotavirus vaccine. Vaccine. 2011 May 31;29(24):4151-5. PMID:21477676

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • NIH T32 Training Grant
  • Bristol Meyers Squibb Fellow Investigator Award
  • PIDS-St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fellowship in Basic Research
  • Thrasher Research Fund
  • Clinical Safety Assessment Network
  • US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:
Our training program is funded by an NIH T32 grant. During the 3 years of training, the sub-specialty residents will gain progressive mastery of clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic skills necessary managing a broad range of clinical infectious diseases that includes exposure to different age groups, immunocompetence, and pathogens. Residents will interact with consultative faculty in other sub-specialty disciplines, including pharmacology and microbiology. Clinical areas of focus and expertise at our institution include: muti-resistant gram negative infections, infection control and epidemiology, pediatric clinical trials, sexually transmitted diseases and HIV, and the immunologically suppressed patient (both bone marrow transplantation and solid organ transplant patients.) Scholarly oversight committees and primary mentors guide residents in their chosen research path during the fellowship. Areas of focus and collaborative research expertise include: antimicrobial stewardship and infection control, host/pathogen pathogenesis, maternal/child infections, and vaccines and vaccine safety.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS: none

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS: 200

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1-2

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD: ALL

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: NONE

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
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: YES

The Infectious Diseases Service is the primary care provider for HIV-infected children and adolescents: YES

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 50

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 25

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 60

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