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

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 (2021 – 2022)
Buddy Creech MD, MPH, FPIDS
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 for PIDS and he also represents PIDS on the IDSA Training Programs Committee, and is the PIDS liaison to the Council of Pediatric Subspecialties.

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 President for the PIDS Foundation.

William J. Steinbach, MD
President Elect
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, NC

William J. Steinbach, MD, is the Samuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Vice Chair of Research, and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Duke University.  He also serves as the Research Co-Director for the Duke Transplant Center, and Medical Director of the Duke Children’s Clinical Research Unit overseeing 813 pediatric studies. Dr. Steinbach has an extensive background of service to professional committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics Red Book committee, and multiple PIDS committees over the past 15 years: Programs and Meetings, Research Affairs, Membership, and the IDWeek Planning Committee.  In 2018, he developed a new Division Chief working group for PIDS to more systematically link pediatric infectious diseases leaders, define workforce issues in the field and develop appropriate compensation strategies. Additionally, he is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a recent elect to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

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
Archana Chatterjee, MD, PhD, FPIDS
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
Chicago, IL
Roberta DeBiasi, MD, MS, FPIDS
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, DC
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
Adam J. Ratner, MD, MPH, FPIDS
New York University
New York, NY
Tanvi Sharma, MD, MPH, FPIDS
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA
Terri Christene Phillips, MSA
Executive Director

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Jessica Whitley
Membership Services and Governance Coordinator

(703) 299-6764

Alan Fleming
Communications and Marketing Manager

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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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