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 adolescents by promoting excellence in diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases through clinical care, education, research and advocacy.

Our vision

Freedom from infections for all children through excellent clinical care, research, education and advocacy.

Strategic Aims

of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
  • Aim 1
    To promote the Value of ID to the healthcare system
  • Aim 2
    To recruit and train top talent into Pediatric ID Fellowship Programs.
  • Aim 3
    To advance ID science and advocate for support for research in ID.
  • Aim 4
    To engage PIDS membership through innovative programs and services.
  • Aim 5
    To advance clinical care in ID, including appropriate antimicrobial use and childhood vaccinations.
  • Aim 6
    To promote the success of JPIDS.

Board of Directors

PIDS Officers (2020 – 2021)
Kristina Bryant, MD, FPIDS
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 (member, 2004-2008, and chair or co-chair, 2008-present). 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 four-year term on the PIDS Board of Directors in 2016 and currently serves as the PIDS liaison to the SHEA Board of Trustees. She also represents PIDS on the IDSA Training Programs Committee, and is the PIDS liaison to the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties.

Paul Spearman, MD, FPIDS
Past President
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Paul Spearman, MD is the Albert B. Sabin professor and director of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. His laboratory studies fundamental aspects of HIV biology and develops new vaccines for human pathogens. HIV assembly processes are a major focus of the laboratory, including the trafficking of the HIV envelope glycoprotein and its interaction with essential host factors. A related project studies the role of tetherin in restricting HIV replication, and is defining how the viral protein Vpu counteracts this important host restriction factor. A novel mucosal HIV vaccine based on parainfluenza virus type 5 (PIV5) priming and virus-like particle boosting is under evaluation in macaque models. Dr. Spearman and his colleagues are engaged in the design and performance of clinical trials for new vaccines in adults and children, with a special interest in employing cutting-edge technologies to define innate and adaptive immune responses to vaccines.

Before moving to Cincinnati, Dr. Spearman was professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University, and chief research officer for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. While there he also served as co-director of the Emory Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU). Dr. Spearman currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for NCI and frequently serves on study sections for NIAID. Beyond his research interests, Dr. Spearman is a pediatric ID clinician and enjoys caring for children and mentoring future leaders in Infectious Diseases.

Buddy Creech MD, MPH, FPIDS
President Elect
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN

C. Buddy Creech, MD, MPH is Associate 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, C. difficile, and pertussis. Dr. Creech serves as President-Elect for PIDS and chair of the PIDS Research Affairs Committee.

Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH, FPIDS
Secretary-Treasurer
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA

Susan E. Coffin, MD, MPH is Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.  She is the co-clinical director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  Dr. Coffin’s area of expertise focuses on the epidemiology and prevention of healthcare-associated infections.  She serves as the Medical Director of the Healthcare-associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance Program at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and conducts healthcare epidemiology research in international and domestic settings.

Directors
Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD
2018-2022
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Chicago, IL
Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS
2020-2024
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, DC
Natasha Halasa, MD, MPH, FPIDS
2019-2023
Vanderbilit University
Nashville, TN
Adam L. Hersh, MD, PhD, FPIDS
2019-2023
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Matthew Kronman, MD, MSCE
2020-2024
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Seattle, WA
Angela L. Myers, MD, MPH, FPIDS
2019-2023
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO
Jason Newland, MD, MEd, FPIDS
2017-2021
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
Debra Palazzi, MD, MEd, FPIDS
2017-2021
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX
Adam J. Ratner, MD, MPH, FPIDS
2018-2022
New York University
New York, NY
Staff
Terri Christene Phillips, MSA
Executive Director

(703) 299-9865
cphillips@idsociety.org

Jessica Whitley
Membership Services and Governance Coordinator

(703) 299-6764
jwhitley@idsociety.org

Stephanie Baynes, MA
Communications and Marketing Manager

(703) 299-5027
sbaynes@idsociety.org

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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