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Dr. Claudia Gaviria Agudelo is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of South Florida in Tampa and Co-Chair of the PIDS Telehealth Working Group.

Dr. Gaviria received her medical degree from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia and completed a pediatric residency at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi Texas. Upon completing her residency, Dr. Gaviria then finished her pediatric infectious diseases fellowship and Master of Science program in Clinical Sciences at UT Southwestern Dallas.

Dr. Gaviria moved to north Alabama after finishing her fellowship. At the time, there wasn’t a pediatric infectious diseases service in the area and patients needed to travel at least 2 hours to obtain this service. In her words, “One of the most satisfying and challenging tasks of my career was having the privilege of bringing the Ped ID service to Huntsville. I was fortunate to receive full support from the leadership of UAB campuses at Birmingham and Huntsville. Unfortunately, there are still many areas in the country that do not have a Ped ID physician. There is nothing more rewarding to me than coming along with the pediatric teams to care for children with serious infections and seeing them recover. During a hospital admission, children and parents are at a very vulnerable state. When parents are able to see a dedicated team taking care of their child, it's encouraging to them. The smiles of my patients and the interactions with the families are my fuel.”

Dr. Gaviria’s research has focused on three main areas: (1) studying genetic predictors (bacteria and host) influencing the severity of illness in osteomyelitis caused by Staphylococcus aureus, (2) promoting antimicrobial stewardship and diagnostic stewardship, and (3) describing telehealth services in pediatric infectious diseases. She has been a PIDS member since 2011 and a member of the PIDS Telehealth Working Group since 2018.