News & Announcements

Update on J-1 Visa Proposed Rule Change

In November 2020, PIDS along with HIVMA, IDSA and SHEA, called on the Department of Homeland Security to exempt physicians working in the United States on J-1 visas from the agency’s proposed rule “Establishing a Fixed Time Period of Admission and an Extension of Stay Procedure for Nonimmigrant Academic Students, Exchange Visitors and Representatives of…

New PIDS Vice Chair-Elect on the IDWeek Planning Committee

PIDS is excited to announce Dr. William J. Steinbach, MD as theincoming PIDS Vice Chair-Elect on the IDWeek Planning Committee. Dr. Steinbach is aSamuel L. Katz Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Duke University, Professor in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Co-Director of Basic Research for the Duke Transplant Center, and Medical Director…

President’s Letter From Dr. Kris Bryant

I am writing this letter to you, my first letter of 2021, from a place of hope and gratitude. Hope? Well, the reasons for that are likely obvious and shared by all – so let me talk for a minute about the gratitude. We are a relatively small organization with a really big vision. So…

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…

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