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Open Letter from Stanford University regarding Dr. Scott Atlas

Dear Colleagues, As infectious diseases physicians and researchers, microbiologist and immunologists, epidemiologists and health policy leaders, we stand united in efforts to develop and promote science-based solutions that advance human health and prevent suffering from the coronavirus pandemic. In this pursuit, we share a commitment to a basic principle derived from the Hippocratic Oath: Primum Non…

Medical Societies Call for Treatment Approvals Based on Science

While the ongoing impacts of COVID-19 continue to highlight needs for new and proven tools to combat the spread and effects of this novel coronavirus, the development, evaluation and use of treatment strategies must be guided by science. Establishing the safety and efficacy of potential therapies is essential to ensuring their appropriate and effective use….

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…

What’s in the News: Massachusetts Requires Flu Vaccination for all Students

Citing the importance of reducing influenza-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic, state public health officials in Massachusetts announced on Aug. 19 that flu vaccination would be required for all children 6 months of age or older who attend school in the state. The requirement includes those enrolled in…

PIDS Program and Meetings Committee Update

The primary goal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS) Program and Meetings Committee is to oversee and coordinate the pediatric infectious disease programming for the annual Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) meeting and IDWeek meeting. This includes reviewing proposed sessions, obtaining and reviewing abstract scoring data, and proposing a program that includes novel, innovative, and…

Using Antibiotic Therapy vs Laparoscopic Appendectomy

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,…

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