Pediatric Infectious Disease

Under the direction of Jeffrey Kahn, M.D., Ph.D., the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease directs and manages an active in-patient infectious disease consultation service and an active ambulatory service for children with infectious diseases, including a large clinic for HIV-infected and HIV-exposed children and adolescents at both Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center in Dallas and Plano. In addition, the Infection Control and Prevention Programs are managed at both locations under the direction of Michael Sebert, M.D.

Established in the early 1960s with one faculty member, John D. Nelson, M.D., the Division has grown to 11 faculty members, four fellows, and several research and administrative support staff.

Excellence in Patient Care

The Division provides an active infectious disease consultation service at Children's, with consultation and care to more than 700 infants and children each year, and at Parkland Memorial Hospital and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Faculty care for patients with inherited or acquired immunodeficiency, including those receiving immunosuppressive therapy for cancer, organ transplantation, bone marrow, and stem cell transplantation, as well as patients with inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatologic disorders and a wide variety of classic as well as unusual infectious disease problems. Learn more about the excellence of our patient care.

Leadership in Research

The Division is actively engaged in clinically applied research involving the areas of:

  • Streptococcus pneumoniae infections
  • The clinical pharmacology, efficacy, and safety of antimicrobial agents
  • Molecular epidemiology of respiratory syncytial virus and activation of the innate immune system by RSV
  • The link between pulmonary infection and asthma, specifically the role of dendritic cells in response to rhinovirus infectioun in the pathogenesis of asthma
  • Microarray analyses to identify unique genetic signatures of children with various infectious diseases, particularly RSV and MRSA
  • Neonatal infections
  • Malaria epidemiology, eradication and elimination
  • Ebola response preparedness
  • Molecular biology of Leishmania
  • Hepatitis E virus
  • Antimocrobial stewardship

Division faculty publish an average of 10-12 papers yearly in peer-reviewed journals. Learn more about our state-of-the-art research.

Education of Future Leaders

The Division is dedicated to the training of medical students, residents, and fellows. Since 1965 more than 95 physicians have completed training in the Division’s fellowship training program, and greater than 80 percent of them have academic appointments at universities and children’s hospitals worldwide. Learn more about our education and training programs.