University of Tennessee Health Science Center/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 320
Memphis
TN
38105
USA
Phone: (901) 595-3486
Fax: (901) 595-3099

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR:

Elisabeth E. Adderson, MD

  • Vaccine design and evaluation
  • Epidemiology and therapy of infections in the immunocompromised host
  • Quality improvement

TRAINING PROGRAM ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR:

Bindiya Bagga, MD

  • Medical Education
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship

DIVISION DIRECTOR OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: 

Elaine Tuomanen, MD
Chair, Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

  • Molecular pathogenesis of Streptococcus pneumoniae invasion and inflammation

Sandra Arnold, MD, MSc
Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Clinical trials
  • Pneumonia
  • Osteomyelitis 

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBERS: 

Miguela Caniza, MD

  • International outreach
  • Infection control in pediatric hematology/oncology services in countries of limited resources 

Maria Carrillo-Marquez, MD

  • Travel medicine
  • Congenital CMV 

John DeVincenzo, MD

  • Immunotherapies and pathogenesis of respiratory syncytial virus
  • Antiviral therapy 

Patricia M. Flynn, MD

  • Infections in immunocompromised hosts
  • HIV/AIDS 

Aditya H. Gaur, MD

  • Pediatric HIV infection
  • Antimicrobial development 

Hans Haecker, MD, PhD

  • Signal transduction of members of the Toll-like receptor family and TNF receptor family
  • Regulation of the innate immune response in infectious disease 

Hana Hakim, MD

  • Infection control
  • Risk stratification of febrile neutropenic children with cancer 

Diego Hijano, MD

  • Transplant medicine
  • Respiratory viral infections 

Julia L. Hurwitz, PhD

  • Vaccine development
  • Immune responses to vaccines 

Nicholas Hysmith, MD

  • Streptococcal infection
  • Infection prevention 

Suzanne Jackowski, PhD

  • Bacteria lipid metabolism  

Katherine Knapp, MD

  • Pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS
  • Fungal infections in immunocompromised patients 

Gabriela Maron, MD

  • Transplant
  • Antimicrobial development  

Elisa Margolis, MD

  • Microbiome 

Sheena Mukkada, MD, MPH

  • Global medicine 

Charles Rock, PhD

  • Membrane fatty acid and phospholipid synthesis in bacteria
  • Development of novel antibacterial therapeutics 

Jason Rosch, PhD

  • Bacterial genomics
  • Antimicrobial resistance 

Charles Russell, PhD

  • Paramyxovirus infection
  • Vaccine design 

Stacey Schultz-Cherry, PhD

  • Influenza
  • Viral gastroenteritis 

Richard Webby, PhD

  • Influenza pathogenesis
  • Vaccine development 

Joshua Wolf, MD

  • Infections in immunocompromised children
  • Antimicrobial stewardship

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

Le Bonheur and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provide almost all specialist care for children in the Memphis metropolitan and surrounding three-state area. Fellows see a large and diverse patient population in modern and well-equipped inpatient and ambulatory facilities. The program has a unique emphasis on infections in immunocompromised children. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the nation’s largest pediatric oncology and stem cell transplant centers and offers comprehensive care to HIV-infected youth through its Pediatric AIDS Center of Excellence. Le Bonheur and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) Transplant Institute host one of the country’s largest solid organ transplant programs, including a new pediatric cardiac transplantation service. Program faculty direct nationally and internationally recognized research programs in respiratory infections, HIV, infections of immunocompromised patients, vaccine and drug development, antimicrobial stewardship, and the microbiome. Unparalleled infrastructure, including research education, molecular, cellular, and tissue resources, biostatistics, data management and analysis, grants and publication assistance, and laboratory services supports fellows’ participation in these efforts. Fellows may participate in advanced degree programs with tuition assistance. Extended protected time for research is offered to highly qualified trainees. All fellows receive personal development and research allowances. Growing ambulatory care and global medicine programs enhance the curriculum by providing opportunities for clinical training and scholarly activity. Fellows are integrated into antimicrobial stewardship programs to obtain expertise in this emerging field.

AFFILIATED HOSPITAL(S): 

  • Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 

AVAILABLE FELLOWSHIP POSITIONS: 1-3/YEARLY

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years:  12

TRAINING FOR: MD; MD,PhD

FUNDING ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS.

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1; H1B

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE US 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
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • Solid organ/transplantation
  • Travelers/adoptees
  • Congenital immune deficiencies

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
  • Mycology/fungal infections
  • Virology/viral diseases
  • Antimicrobial agents/antimicrobial stewardship
  • Global health
  • Quality improvement
  • Antimicrobial development
  • Vaccine development
  • Transplant
  • Clinical trials

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 trainee (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.