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Member Spotlight: An in-Depth Interview with Dr. Bill Gruber

As Senior Vice President of Pfizer Vaccine Clinical Research and Development, Dr. Bill Gruber is responsible for the global clinical development of vaccines and led the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine effort. He is also a pediatric infectious diseases physician and a longtime member of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. I recently had the opportunity to talk…

Dec. 18, 2020

President’s Letter From Dr. Kris Bryant

The pandemic is far from over, but there is hope for a better 2021 as thousands of doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to hospitals and healthcare systems across the United States this week. In this week’s newsletter, I want to highlight and thank some of the PIDS members who played key roles…

Member Spotlight: Jaquie Toia

Jaquie Toia has been a board-certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago for the past 35 years. The majority of her career was in the practice of oncology, where she was an active member within the Pediatric Oncology Group (POG), then Children’s Oncology Group (COG), as a contributing…

Nov. 20, 2020

President’s Letter from Dr. Kris Bryant

In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” This seems an apt message for our current times. Many have experienced personal and professional tragedies… all achingly unique. Perhaps what sustains us, those things for which we are grateful, are broadly similar. Family. Friends. Faith….

SARS-CoV-2 Neutralizing Antibody LY-CoV555 in Outpatients with Covid-19

Reference: Chen P, Nirula A, Heller B, et al. NEJM  Oct 28, 2020; DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa2029849 Author: Surabhi (Sara) Vora, MD, MPH, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Seattle Childrens’s Hospital Reviewers: Joshua Wolf MBBS, PhD, FRACP, Ramatu Mohammed-Nafi’u, BSC, MBBS, FWACP, FMCP(Consultant Paediatrician) Background: SARS-CoV-2 infection continues to surge globally and no effective therapeutics are available…

Member Spotlight: Dr. Dele Davies 

Dr. H. Dele Davies is the Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Public Health, and also the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). While he enjoys his leadership role, including the visioning, planning, and implementing of new programs that move the academic mission forward, Dele has never…

Antibiotic Prophylaxis and Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection in Children

Article: Jonathan C. Craig, Judy M. Simpson, Gabrielle J. Williams, et al. Antibiotic Prophylaxis and Recurrent Urinary Tract Infection in Children. N Engl J Med 2009;361:1748-59. Journal Club Author: Mohammed-Nafi’u, Ramatu. Bsc, MBBS, FWACP, FMCP, Consultant Paediatrician, DSSMC, Abuja, Nigeria. Reviewer: Sanjeev Swami, MD Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Background: Urinary tract…

PIDS Member Spotlight – Dr. Philip Zachariah


Dr. Philip Zachariah is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. He also leads the antibiotic stewardship program and serves as hospital epidemiologist at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Dr. Zachariah grew up in India and received his medical degree from Christian Medical College Vellore. During medical school, he was struck with the…

PIDS Honors Eight Distinguished Physicians for Contributions in Clinical Care and Science

The world’s largest organization of professionals dedicated to the treatment, control and eradication of infectious diseases affecting children, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, has honored eight distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world who were elected this year to be fellows of PIDS. The designation “fellow” in PIDS honors those…

Association of Nonoperative management Using Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy with Treatment Success and Disability Days in Children with Uncomplicated Appendicitis

Reference: Minneci PC et al. Association of Nonoperative management Using Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy With Treatment Success and Disability Days in Children with Uncomplicated Appendicitis. JAMA. 2020; doi: https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2020.10888 Author: John S. Schieffelin, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Diseases, Tulane University School of Medicine Reviewers: Suchitra Rao, MBBS, MSCS, Associate Professor of Pediatrics,…

PIDS Journal Club – Early-Onset Neonatal Sepsis 2015-2017

Author: Sanjeev K. Swami MD. Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Infectious Diseases, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Reviewers: John S. Schieffelin, MD, MSPH. Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Sections of Infectious Disease, Tulane University School of Medicine Christine Salvatore MD, MS. Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University…

PIDS Member Spotlight – Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice

Dr. Annabelle de St. Maurice is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases and is the Co-Chief Infection Prevention Officer at University of California Los Angeles/Mattel Children’s hospital. Dr. de St. Maurice was born in Paris, France and raised in southwestern Pennsylvania. She obtained her medical degree at the University of…

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