Boston Medical Center / Boston University School of Medicine

670 Albany Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA
02118-2393
Phone: (617) 414-5591
Fax: (617) 414-7230

CHIEF OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Elizabeth D. Barnett, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Immigrant and refugee health; tropical and travel medicine; vaccine safety; otitis media and common childhood infections

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: Ellen R. Cooper, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: AIDS; respiratory viruses; herpes viruses; evaluation of antiviral drugs, international health

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: Katherine K. Hsu, MD, MPH
RESEARCH INTEREST: Epidemiology of invasive S. pneumoniae disease and N. meningitis disease; sexually transmitted diseases in adolescents

ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: Stephen I. Pelton, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: AIDS, immunology of middle ear infections; vaccine development and evaluation

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: Marisol Figueira, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Pathogenesis of otitis media; new therapeutic interventions of otitis media in animal models

ASSOCIATE PROGRAM DIRECTOR, ASSOCIATE/DIVISION MEMBER: Vishakha Sabharwal, MD
RESEARCH INTEREST: Treatment of Hepatitis C in childhood, perinatal transmission of congenital viruses including COVID 19, Travel and Tropical Medicine, New therapeutic interventions for treatment of Otitis Media

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

  • Pare JR, Camelo I, Mayo KC, Leo ZMZM, Dugas J, Nelsom KP, Baker W, Shareef F, Mitchell PM, Schechter-Perkins EM. Point-of-care lung ultrasound is more sensitive than chest radiograph for evaluation of COVID-19. West J Emerg Med. 2020;21(4). Article in Press. doi: 10.51811/westjem.202.5.47743.
  • Camelo IY, Mwananyanda LM, Thea DM, Seidenberg P, Gill CJ, Weinstein JR. A Tale of 2 Pneumos: The Impact of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Exposure or Infection Status on Pediatric Nasopharyngeal Carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae and Pneumocystis jiroveci: A Nested Case Control Analysis From the Pneumonia Etiology Research In Child Health Study [published online ahead of print, 2020 Feb 15]. Clin Infect Dis. 2020;ciaa164. doi:10.1093/cid/ciaa164
  • Lapidot R, Yildirim I, Shea KM, Pelton SI. Characteristics of Serotype 3 invasive pneumococcal disease before and after universal childhood immunization with PCV13 in Massachusetts. Pathogens. 2020;9(5):396. Published 2020 May 21. doi:10.3390/pathogens9050396
  • Epstein RL, Penwill N, Clarke D, Hamilton S, Horbowicz K, Dorfman D, Moses J, Cooper E. “Meds-in-Hand” Intervention to Reduce Critical Process Delays in Pediatric HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Apr 29. PMID: 32347312.

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM: Fellows in this program will investigate infectious diseases that affect our inner city community of 40,000 children and adolescents. We focus on diseases that are frequent in urban populations, including otitis media (epidemiology, diagnosis, genetics, immunology, management); international and refugee health; evaluation of antiviral and antibacterial agents; and sexually transmitted diseases. Fellows develop skills in epidemiology, research protocol design, laboratory methods, teaching, and diagnosis and management of pediatric infectious diseases. The first year of fellowship emphasizes clinical experience and training in diagnostic microbiology/virology. The second and third years focus primarily on research. Additional clinical experiences include adult infectious disease consultation service, tuberculosis and sexually transmitted diseases outpatient clinics and the immunodeficiency service at the Children’s Hospital Boston.

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

Boston Medical Center
Children’s Hospital

NUMBER OF PEDIATRIC BEDS:

BMC = 45

CH = 324

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1

TRAINING FOR MD; DO; MD, PhD: MD

FUNDING IS ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: Yes

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, H1B, Other

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT? NO

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
Other – Please specify:

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
Other – Please specify: Clinical Trials

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: NO
HIV, Clinical: YES
ACTG Site: YES
Other – Please specify:

Documented liaison exists offering opportunities for research experience n 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

Other – Please specify: Clinical Research

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: YES
Bone marrow transplantation: YES
Solid organ/transplantation: YES
Travelers/adoptees: YES
Adults: YES
Congenital immune deficiencies: YES
Other – Please specify:

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: YES

Average number of new outpatient consultations per month: 50

Average number of established outpatient follow-up visits per month: 130

Average number of new inpatient consultations per month: 30

Number of trainees completing program in the last 5 years: (2015-2020) 5

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