The Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital

The Children’s Hospital, The Cleveland Clinic, 9500 Euclid Avenue S 25
Cleveland
OH
44195
USA
Contact Person: Joyce Pepper
Phone: (216) 445-6863
Fax: (216) 636-3405

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES/TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Johanna Goldfarb, MD
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Clincial infectious diseases, infection control, infections in children with cancer and after solid organ transplant, betaherpesvirus infections.

ASSOCIATE: Lara Danziger-Isakov, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Infectious outcomes after organ transplantation, the impact of respiratory viral infection on immunity after pediatric lung transplantation; betaherpesvirus infection in tranpslant recipients.

ASSOCIATE: Charles Foster, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Molecular biology of selenoproteins; the role of micronutrients in inflammation, cancer and sepsis.

ASSOCIATE: Camille Sabella, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Clinical pediatric infectious diseases, vaccines in healthy and immunocompromised children, medical education

ASSOCIATE: Geraldine Hall, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Clinical microbiology

ASSOCIATE: Gary Procop, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Infectious disease pathology; rickettsiology

ASSOCIATE: Belinda Yen-Lieberman, PhD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Clinical virology; betaherpesviruses.

ASSOCIATE: Nazha Abughali,MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pediatric tuberculosis and HIV infection

ASSOCIATE: Carla Saracusa, RN
RESEARCH INTEREST: Travel medicine

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: The fellowship provides an intensive training experience in the care of children with infectious diseases. The goal is to train excellent academic pediatric infectious diseases specialists. Twelve months of training during the 3 years of fellowship is devoted to intensive clinical training, with service time covering the inpatient ward, PICU, and NICU at the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital. The busy inpatient consult service provides exposure to a wide range of children. We care for children with community-acquired infectious diseases (such as meningitis, osteomyeltis and respiratory infections) as well as children with complex infections after cardiac, neurosurgical, and transplant surgery, intensive care-related infections, and infections in the immunocompromised host (eg. related to cancer, transplantation, inflammatory bowel diseases, or chronic renal disease). Training in the management of pediatric tuberculosis, burns and pediatric HIV infection is enriched by rotations at MetroHealth Medical Center. The fellow is a member of the infection control committee for the Children's Hospital. Our busy outpatient clinic provides fellows with an opportunity to care for children with acute infectious diseases and to follow longitudinally children with chronic disease during a weekly clinic session. Six weeks are spent in the clinical microbiology and virology laboratory. A rich didactic experience includes a weekly pediatric infectious diseases conference and joint conferences and infectious diseases rounds with adult infectious diseases and monthly with MetroHealth pediatric ID staff. The Center of Pediatric Infectious Diseases is well respected for a central role in education in our medical school (Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine), excellent teaching and clincial care. Approximately two years of the training program are devoted to an intensive clinical or laboratory research project. Fellows select a hypothesis driven project related to a specific area of interest and their particular long term personal goals in pediatric infectious diseaseas. Laboratory research interests can be persued in our clinical microbiology and virology laboratories, at the Lerner Research Institute (the basic science institute at the Cleveland Clinic) and within the academic Cleveland community. An oversight committee helps to identify a suitable research mentor and monitors progress during fellowship.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS: MetroHealth Medical Center

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS: 125

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 0-1 (total of 2 positions for 3 years)

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD: M.D and DO

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: yes

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, H1B, Other

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT? applicant should be board elgible

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
Other – Please specify: diagnosis of HIV: 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 – Please specify:

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: possible to arrange
Health Services: possible to arrange
HIV, Basic: NO
HIV, Clinical: NO
ACTG Site: NO

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): could be arranged but might require expenses, not standard

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: NO

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: NO

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 26

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 60

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 50

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: (2002-2007) 2