About PIDS

PIDS (Pediatric Infectious Disease Society) is the world’s largest organization of professionals dedicated to the treatment, control, and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children. Membership is comprised of physicians, doctoral-level scientists, and others who have trained or are in training in infectious diseases or its related disciplines, and who are identified with the discipline of pediatric infectious diseases or related disciplines through clinical practice, research, teaching, and/or administration activities.

PIDS works closely with many professional organizations that share its goals, including the European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, the Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases in Latin America, The Asian Society of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Our Mission

To enhance the health of infants, children and adolescents by promoting excellence in diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases through clinical care, education, research and advocacy.

Our vision

Promote the health and well-being of children through the prevention and control of infectious diseases worldwide.


of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
    Experts in pediatric infectious diseases
    A society reflective of the diversity of the patients and families served
    Together we can prevent and cure infectious diseases in childhood
    PIDS members lead the way in discovery and innovation

Board of Directors

PIDS Officers (2021 – 2022)
Dr. C. Buddy Creech
Buddy Creech MD, MPH, FPIDS
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

Buddy Creech, MD, MPH is the Edie Carell Johnson Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and Director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Creech is Principal Investigator of the NIH-funded Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit and co-PI for the CDC-funded Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment Project. His work focuses on the evaluation of new vaccines and therapeutics targeting a number of pathogens, including S. aureus, influenza, RSV, and pertussis. Dr. Creech serves as President of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Kristina Bryant, MD, FPIDS
Past President
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY

Kristina Bryant, MD is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Louisville, Director of the Kosair Charities Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Hospital Epidemiologist at Norton Children’s Hospital. The majority of her professional activity is devoted to clinical service, education of fellows and residents, and oversight of infection control and hospital epidemiology at Norton Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bryant’s research interests include vaccine clinical trials and prevention of healthcare-acquired infections. She has been a member of PIDS since 2000. Dr. Bryant has served on the PIDS Training Programs Committee since 2004, with stints as chair and co-chair. Also since 2008, she has served as the moderator or co-moderator of the annual Pediatric Fellows’ Day Program held during IDWeek. She completed a two-year term as PIDS President in 2021 and currently serves as the PIDS Past President and current chair of the PIDS Foundation.

William J. Steinbach, MD
President Elect
Arkansas Children’s,
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

William J. Steinbach, MD, is Robert H. Fiser, Jr. MD Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, Chair of Pediatrics and Associate Dean for Child Health at UAMS, and the Pediatrician-in-Chief at Arkansas Children’s. For the last 20 years, Dr. Steinbach has led an NIH-funded multi-disciplinary clinical care and research program supporting immunosuppressed children. His molecular, translational, and clinical research focuses on the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of invasive fungal infections and spans broader efforts with all infections in immunocompromised patients. His laboratory centers on the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus to understand the molecular mechanisms of cellular signal transduction in disease, develop novel fungal-specific molecular targets as therapeutics, devise new diagnostic assays, and conduct phase I-IV clinical trials in children. Dr. Steinbach founded and is the Director of the International Pediatric Fungal Network, a global consortium of 55 sites dedicated to investigating pediatric invasive fungal infections through multi-center cooperative studies that has led to the first pediatric-specific guidelines for these diseases. He has co-edited four textbooks, including Aspergillus fumigatus and AspergillosisFeigin & Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, the American Academy of Pediatrics Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy, and most recently the first textbook in a new subfield: Pediatric Transplant and Oncology Infectious Diseases.

Debra Palazzi, MD, MEd, FPIDS
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX

Deb Palazzi, MD, MEd is Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. She is the Medical Director of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at Texas Children’s Hospital and participates in national antimicrobial stewardship educational and research activities. Dr. Palazzi is Director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program as well as Co-director of Fellows’ College in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. She has been on the PIDS Board since 2016 and now serves as PIDS Secretary-Treasurer. She is a member of the PIDS Committee on Antimicrobial Stewardship, PIDS Education Committee, as well as the PIDS Liaison to the Infectious Diseases Society of America Education Committee. Dr. Palazzi has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society since 2016.

Monica Ardura, DO, MSc, FPIDS
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS, FPIDS
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, DC
Guliz Erdem, MD
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Columbus, OH
Natasha Halasa, MD, MPH, FPIDS
Vanderbilit University
Nashville, TN
Adam L. Hersh, MD, PhD, FPIDS
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Matthew Kronman, MD, MSCE, FPIDS
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, WA
Angela L. Myers, MD, MPH, FPIDS
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO
Elijah Paintsil, MD
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT
Tanvi Sharma, MD, MPH, FPIDS
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Terri Christene Phillips, MSA
Executive Director

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Alan Fleming
Communications and Marketing Manager


Kylie Willis
Operations Manager


Chrissy Lewis
Membership Services Coordinator


Ashley Holloway
Meetings & Education Coordinator


Staff Career Opportunities

PIDS represents leaders across the global scientific and public health spectrum, including clinical care, advocacy, academics, government, and the pharmaceutical industry. From fellowship training to continuing medical education, research, regulatory issues and guideline development, PIDS members are the core professionals advocating for the improved health of children with infectious diseases both nationally and around the world, participating in critical public health and medical professional advisory committees that determine the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, immunization practices in children, and the education of pediatricians.

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