Duke University Medical Center

Box 3499
Durham
NC
27710
USA
Contact Person: William J. Steinbach, MD
Phone: (919) 684-6335
Fax: (919) 668-4859

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: William J. Steinbach, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Invasive fungal infections, Aspergillus molecular pathogenesis

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Coleen K. Cunningham, MD
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Treatment of pediatric HIV, Prevention of perinatal HIV transmission, HIV vaccine studies

PROFESSOR: Daniel K Benjamin, Jr., MD, MPH, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Multi-center clinical trials, Pharmacology, Neonatal infections

PROFESSOR: Dennis Clements, MD, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Immunizations, global health

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, MD, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pharmacology of anti-infectives, Neonatal infections

PROFESSOR: Robert Drucker, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST:General infectious diseases, Medical education

PROFESSOR:  Kathleen McGann, MD 
RESEARCH INTEREST: Treatment of HIV in children, Medical education

PROFESSOR: Ross E McKinney, Jr., MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Clinical research in pediatric HIV

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Tony Moody, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: HIV and TB vaccine development

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Sallie Permar, MD, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Congenital viral infections, Breast milk transmission of HIV

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR: Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST:Molecular and cellular determinants of uropathogenic E. coli infection, microbiome

PROFESSOR:  Emmanuel B "Chip" Walter, MD 
RESEARCH INTEREST: Vaccine trial research in the Pediatric Primary Care Division, Pediatric travel and international adoption

PROFESSOR & CHAIR EMERITUS: Samuel L Katz, MD (Emeritus)
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pediatric HIV infection; immunizations

PROFESSOR EMERITUS: Catherine M Wilfert, MD (Emeritus)
RESEARCH INTEREST: Treatment of HIV-infected children, Prevention of mother to child HIV transmission in resource limited settings

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: AT Duke University, we seek to develop outstanding pediatric infectious diseases specialists who will be true leaders in clinical care and research. The breadth and depth of our division, department, and institution is leveraged every day to develop training plans that are both flexible and customized to the unique needs and goals of each fellow. Duke University is one of the leading medical centers in the world, providing a wealth of patients and training resources available to our fellows. Our goal is to train future leaders in pediatric infectious diseases.

Clinical training is one year of the three year fellowship. During that year the pediatric infectious diseases fellows have primary responsibility for managing the inpatient consult service. Unlike some fellowship programs, our program is truly fellow-driven. This means that the fellow functions at a much higher level than at many other medical centers and learns to practice effectively and independently while exercising critical thinking.

Although there are many fellowship programs that deliver high-quality clinical training, few provide the breadth of resources and mentors for comprehensive research training that Duke offers. Our training goal is to develop fellows for future academic independence and succesful funding. We offer three major research tracks ( Clinical Research, Basic Science Research, and Global Health Research), with countless research opportunities in numerous infectious diseases arenas. We have had tremendous success with fellows successfully competing for NIH career development (K) awards as well as several other large research grants while still in fellowship or immediately afterwards.  Many of our former trainees are now R01-funded in clinical and basic research.

At Duke, our fellows complete their pediatric infectious diseases training with excellent clinical acumen and confidence, coupled with a superb research portfolio of skill sets and accomplishments. This training process has routinely positioned our fellows in uniquely advantageous positions for both their preferred faculty positions and successful careers.

HOSPITALS PARTICIPATING IN PROGRAM: Duke University Medical Center

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC HOSPITAL BEDS:190

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1-2

TRAINING FOR: MD

FUNDING ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: Yes

CITIZENSHIP REQUIREMENTS: Any (must have completed pediatric residency training in the USA or Canada)

THE PROGRAM OFFERS THE FOLLOWING TRAINING:

Program teaches the function and appropriate utilization of diagnostic Microbiology and virology laboratories as:

  • Didactic lectures: YES
  • Hands-on experience: YES
  • Primary program site has clinical virus isolation laboratory: YES

Program provides training in infection control and hospital epidemiology as:

  • Didactic lectures: YES
  • Hands-on experience: YES

Opportunity to fulfill the ABP requirements of demonstrating meaningful accomplishment in research is available in the following general areas:

  • Bacteriology/bacterial infections: YES
  • Epidemiology and statistics: YES
  • Infection control: YES
  • Immunizations: YES
  • Mycology: YES
  • Parasitology/parasitic diseases: YES
  • Clinical Trials: YES
  • Virology: YES

Research opportunities in the section’s program could be described as:

  • Basic (bench): YES
  • Molecular: YES
  • Applied: YES
  • Community: NO
  • Epidemiologic: YES
  • Clincial: YES

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience in the laboratory of investigator(s) who is (are) not faculty of the section: YES

Program offers the opportunity to obtain a Masters degree in Public Health (assuming appropriate arrangements are made): YES

Program provides substantial clinical experience for trainees in: HIV: YES
Infections in bone marrow transplantation: YES
Infections in solid organ recipients: YES
Infections in travelers: YES
Infections in adults: OCCASIONALLY

Program offers didactic lecture course for fellows (includes epidemiology, statistics, research design, and academic careers). If yes, average number of lecture hours over 3 years. 20 hrs: YES
Graduate school courses are available to trainee: YES
Program has an NIH sponsored training grant: YES

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

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 15
Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 80
Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 60
Number of trainees completing program in last 5 years: 5