Baylor College of Medicine

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Feigin Center
1102 Bates Ave, Ste 1120
Houston, TX
77030

PROGRAM DIRECTOR Debra L. Palazzi, MD, MEd
Research Interests: Antimicrobial stewardship, Laboratory Medicine, Medical Education

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR Lindsay Cameron, MD, MPH
Research Interests: Graduate and undergraduate medical education, Tuberculosis, Nontuberculous mycobacterial infections

SECTION CHIEF: Sheldon L. Kaplan, MD
Research Interests: Streptococcus pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Clinical trials of new antibiotics for use in children

ASSOCIATES/DIVISION MEMBERS:

  • Claire Bocchini, MD
    Research Interest: Infections in solid organ transplant patients and other immune deficient hosts
  • Judith Campbell, MD
    Research Interests: Medical education, Hospital epidemiology
  • Andrea Cruz, MD
    Research Interest: Tuberculosis
  • Gail Demmler-Harrison, MD
    Research Interest: Congenital CMV infection and disease
  • Ankhi Dutta, MD, MPH
    Research Interest: Team building skills in multidisciplinary health care teams, Invasive fungal infections, Antimicrobial stewardship, Infection control and prevention
  • Morven S. Edwards, MD
    Research Interests: Clinical features and immune responses to invasive group B streptococcal infections, Seroepidemiology of Chagas disease
  • Catherine Foster, MD
    Research Interest: Hospital epidemiology, Staphylococcus aureus infections
  • Mary Healy, MD
    Research Interests: Pertussis, Clinical trials of vaccines and maternal immunization
  • Galit Holzmann-Pazgal, MD
    Research Interest: Infection control and prevention
  • Kristina Hulten, PhD
    Research Interests:  Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pneumoniae infections, Genetic virulence elements
  • Katherine King, MD, PhD
    Research Interest: Inflammatory cytokines on the biology of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs).
  • Katherine Lemon, MD, PhD
    Research Interest: Human nasal microbiome, microbe-microbe interactions, pathobiont-commensal interactions in human nasal and skin microbiota
  • Lucila Marquez, MD
    Research Interest: Infection control and prevention
  • Chase McNeil, MD
    Research Interest: Translational research of pediatric Staphylococcus aureus infections
  • Flor Munoz, MD, MS
    Research Interests: Epidemiology and prevention of respiratory pathogens, Infections in solid organ transplant patients
  • Elizabeth Moulton, MD, PhD
    Research Interest: Infections in solid organ transplant patients
  • Erin Nicholson, MD
    Research Interest: Respiratory virus illnesses in children and the community
  • Pedro Piedra, MD
    Research Interest: Respiratory virus illness burden in infants, children, and the community
  • Daniel Ruderfer, MD
    Research Interest: Infections in immunocompromised hosts
  • Jeffrey Starke, MD
    Research Interests: Tuberculosis; mycobacteria; Infection control and prevention
  • Jesus Vallejo, MD, MS
    Research Interests: Sepsis, Viral myocarditis, Staphylococcal bone and joint infections
  • Jill Weatherhead, MD, PhD
    Research Interests: Parasite-host immune response interactions, Parasitic causes of lung disease, Eosinophilia

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

Ryan Rochat
Health outcomes in congenital cytomegalovirus: a systematized approach in the electronic medical record era Modernizing the chart review process using text recognition to mine electronic medical records

Juri Boguniewicz
Comparison of musculoskeletal infections due to nontyphoidal Salmonella species and Staphylococcus aureus in immunocompetent children. Epidemiology of Enterobacter blood stream infections in children at a large, tertiary care children’s hospital

Gabriella Lamb
Epidemiology of tuberculosis infection and disease in internationally displaced children resettling in Harris County, TX 2010-2015 Mycobacterium abscessus infections in children

Dan Ruderfer
BK virus epidemiology, risk factors and clinical outcomes: an analysis of hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients

Cat Foster
Presence of adhesin genes and biofilm formation among pediatric Staphylococcus aureus device related infection isolates compared to skin and soft tissue infection isolates

Molecular characterization of Staphylococcus aureus isolates in children with periorbital and orbital cellulitis

Brodie’s abscess in children: a ten-year single institutional retrospective review

Trichosporinosis in pediatric patients with a hematologic disorder

Angiostrongylus cantonesis infection: a cause of fever of unknown origin in pediatric patients


MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship program at Baylor College of Medicine is one component of the largest pediatric departments in the United States. The Texas Medical Center provides an exciting, diverse and very stimulating learning environment for our post-graduate fellows in training. The fellowship program is a three-year training program designed to prepare pediatricians for a career in pediatric infectious diseases. The first year of fellowship is primarily dedicated to clinical training at Texas Children’s Hospital. Years two and three of the fellowship program are dedicated to receiving basic, translational or clinical mentored research training. In addition to the clinical and research training, the Baylor pediatric infectious diseases fellows complete rotations in clinical microbiology/virology, molecular microbiology, retrovirology, infection control and prevention and antimicrobial stewardship.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

  • Texas Children’s Hospital
Number of Pediatric Beds: 650

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 in 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

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