Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH
44106
Phone: (216) 844-3645
Fax: (216) 844-8362

TRAINING PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Ankita Desai, MD

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/CO-DIRECTOR: Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, DO

COORDINATOR:  Ms. Kimberly Bolt

CHIEF, INFECTIOUS DISEASES: Grace McComsey, MD

MAJOR FEATURES OF TRAINING PROGRAM:  The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Training Program at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital is designed to prepare pediatricians who have completed three years of residency for careers in academic pediatric infectious diseases.

The program is three years in length, with the first year devoted to clinical training and the second and third years focused on research training in clinical epidemiology, basic science or translational research. The goal of this fellowship program is to prepare graduates to be effective clinicians and independent physician scientists.

The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Trainees who successfully complete the three-year fellowship will have met the training requirement to take the subspecialty board certification examination in Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

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

  1. Fungal translocation is associated with immune activation and systemic inflammation in treated HIV- Weiner LD et al- AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2019- PMID: 30784316
  2. Pediatric Case of severe COVID-19 with shock and multisystem inflammation.. Nguyen DC, Haydar H et al. Cureus, 2020. PMID: 32742881
  3. Monitoring Cetazidime-avibactam and aztreonam concentrations int he treatment of a bloodstream infection cause by a multidrug-resistant Enterobacter sp. Yasmin M, Haydar H et al. CID 2020. PMID: 31802119
  4. Plasmodium malaria and antimalarial antibodies in the first year of life. Dobbs KR. Parasitology, 2016. PMID: 26743626
  5. Monocyte dysregulation and systemic inflammation during pediatric falciparum malaria. Dobbs KR. JCI Insight 2017. PMID: 28931756

GRANT FUNDING RECEIVED FOR FELLOW RESEARCH PROJECTS: 

  1. FRAP awards to L Weiner and H Haydar (2018, 2019)
  2. NIH K23 mentored award, K23AI132644 to Kate Dobbs- Epigenetic Reprogramming of monocyte functions during acute uncomplicated malaria in Kenyan children
  3. Burroughs Wellcome FUnd-ASTMH Post doctor fellowship in tropical infectious diseases-Kate Dobbs

AFFILIATED HOSPITALS:

Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, MetroHealth

NUMBER OF INPATIENT/OUTPATIENT CONSULTS PER YEAR: 1,000

FELLOWS ACCEPTED EACH YEAR: 1

VISAS ACCEPTED: J1, H1B

FUNDING ENSURED FOR ALL 3 YEARS: Yes

IS COMPLETION OF PEDIATRIC RESIDENCY TRAINING IN THE U.S. OR CANADA A REQUIREMENT: N0

Program provides training (didactic lectures, hands on experience, or antimicrobial stewardship meetings/membership) in:

  1. Microbiology lab on site
  2. Infection control and hospital epidemiology
  3. Antimicrobial stewardship
  4. Immunocompromised hosts

Opportunities to fulfill the ABP requirements for scholarly activity is available in the following general areas:

  1. Antimicrobial agents
  2. Antimicrobial stewardship
  3. Bacteriology/bacterial infections
  4. Bioethics
  5. Clinical trials
  6. Epidemiology and statistics
  7. Global health
  8. HIV
  9. Immunizations
  10. Infection control/hospital epidemiology
  11. Medical education
  12. Mycology/fungal infections
  13. Parasitology/parasitic diseases
  14. Public health
  15. Quality improvement
  16. Transplant medicine
  17. Virology/viral diseases

Opportunities exist for research outside of the ID Division: 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): No

Improving the health of children worldwide through philanthropic support of scientific and educational programs.