Baylor College of Medicine

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Feigin Center, 1102 Bates Ave, Ste 1120
Houston
TX
77030
USA
Phone: (832) 824-4330
Fax: (832) 825-4347

PROGRAM DIRECTOR effective July 1, 2018 - Debra L. Palazzi, MD, Med
ASSISTANT PROGRAM DIRECTOR effective July 1, 2018 - Judith R. Campbell, MD

TRAINING PROGRAM CO-DIRECTOR FOR RESEARCH: Jesus G. Vallejo, MD
RESEARCH INTERST: Toll-like receptors in cardiovascular disease

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Sheldon L. Kaplan, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, clinical trials of new antibiotics for use in children

ASSOCIATES/DIVISION MEMBERS:

  • Carol J. Baker, MD
    Research Interest: Safety and effectiveness of vaccines, Maternal immunization
     
  • Gail Demmler-Harrison, MD
    Research Interest: 
    Congenital CMV infection and disease
     
  • Morven S. Edwards, MD
    Research Interest: Clinical features and immune responses to invasive group B streptococcal infections, seroepidemiology of Chagas disease
     
  • C. Mary Healy, MD
    Research Interest: Pertussis, Clinical trials of vaccines and maternal immunization
     
  • Flor Munoz, MD, MS
    Research Interest: Epidemiology and prevention of respiratory pathogens, Infections in Solid organ transplant patients
     
  • Pedro Piedra, MD
    Research Interest: Respiratory virus illness burden in infants, children, and the community
     
  • Jeffrey Starke, MD
    Research Interest: Tuberculosis; mycobacteria; infection control
     
  • Andrea Cruz, MD
    Research Interest: Tuberculosis
     
  • Katherine King, MD, PhD
    Research Interest: Inflammatory cytokins on the biology of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs). Infection related bone marrow
     
  • Claire Bocchini, MD
    Research Interest: Infections in solid organ transplant patients and other immune deficient hosts
     
  • Lucila Marquez, MD
    Research Interest: Pharmacokinetics
     
  • Jonathan Chase McNeil, MD
    Research Interest: Translational research of pediatric Staphylococcus aureus infections
     
  • Kristina Hulten, PhD
    Research Interest: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Genetic virulence elements

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

Olarte, Liset

  • Impact of the 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Chronic Sinusitis Associated with Streptococcus pneumoniae in Children.
  • Invasive pneumococcal disease in infants younger than 90 days before and after introduction of PCV7.
  • Painful labia ulceration and neuroretinal cat scratch disease.

Thacker, Stephen
Restoration of lung surfactant protein D by IL-6 protects against secondary pneumonia following hemorrhagic shock.

Dailey Garnes, Natalie Janine
Characterization of a Zika Virus Isolate from Columbia

Sweet, Leigh R.

  • Application of Kern’s Six-step approach to curriculum development by global health residents.
  • Pediatric Neglected Tropical Diseases in a Major Metropolitan Children’s Hospital in the United States, 2004-2013

Josefsdottir, Kamilla
Interferons coordinate a multifaceted defense

Weatherhead, Jill E.
The Global State of Helminth Control and Elimination in Children 

Chaudhary Manu
Prevalence and capsular Types of Group B Streptococci Colonizing Indian Women Living in the United States

Nicholson, Erin
Local versus Global Enterovirus (EV) Surveillance: A Discussion for the Need for Active Surveillance to Guide EV-A71 Vaccines

Highsmith, Heather Y

  • T-SPOT.TB® Performance in Routine Pediatric Practice in a Low TB Burden Setting
  • Ebola Knowledge and Attitudes among Pediatric Providers before the First Diagnosed Case in the United States

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS:

  • Chiang, Silvia -E. W. Thrasher Award-Early Career Award - Optimizing treatment regimens for pediatric multi drug-resistant tuberculosis
  • Dailey Garnes, Janine - Research training in infections and immunity T32, NIH NIAID T32 Training Grant

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: 
This program is designed to prepare pediatricians for academic and clinical careers and to qualify them for subspecialty boards in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The clinical training is diverse and intense, and occurs at Texas Children's Hospital, the largest children's hospital in the USA. Training includes inpatient and outpatient consultations in our infectious diseases clinics. The first year includes formal training in clinical microbiology and diagnostic virology, as well as participation in a course in epidemiology, study design, biostatistics and grant writing. The second and third years are largely devoted to faculty supervised laboratory-based or clinical research. Training includes care of HIV infected patients on comprehensive rotations trought the Section of Retrovirology.


AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Texas Children's Hospital
    Number of Pediatric Beds: 535

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 2-3

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD: YES

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: YES

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1

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

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: 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): 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: NO
Bone marrow transplantation: YES
Solid organ/transplantation: YES
Travelers/adoptees: NO
Adults: NO
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: 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: 35

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 190

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 150

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: 11