An important mission of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ID) specialists is to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases in children. In addition, they evaluate children with symptoms that are recurrent, atypical or unexplained, including HIV. They combine clinical care with work as researchers, educators, administrators, hospital epidemiologists and experts in antimicrobial stewardship, immunization programs and infection control.
Our approach utilizes a family-centered model of delivering care, and we encourage involvement of patients and their families in education about their disease. We also share responsibility for the training of medical students, residents, and fellows.
Recent divisional highlights include:
- the division received ACGME approval for a new fellowship training program in pediatric infectious disease. The first fellow began in July 2013.
- James Conway, MD, received a grant for the ORegon CHild Absenteeism due to Respiratory Disease Study (ORCHARDS) to evaluate influenza transmission in schools.
- James Conway, MD, received the UW Health Physician Excellence Award for Clinical Education. He was also selected as the guest commencement speaker by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health’s class of 2012.
- Gregory DeMuri, MD, was selected to present on “Respiratory Viral Infections in Children” at the 2013 ID Week Advancing Science, Improving Work Conference in San Francisco, CA.
- Bruce Klein, MD, received two new grants from the National Institutes of Health: a 5-year R01 grant for his project, “Mechanisms of Anti-Fungal Vaccine Immunity”, and a 2-year R21 grant for his project “Tracking Anti-Fungal CD4+ T cells In Vivo.”
- Bruce Klein, MD, served as vice chair and chair-elect of the Immunology of Fungal Infections Gordon Research Conference.
- Ellen Wald, MD, received a 2-year R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health-Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NIH-NICHD) for her project, “An Interactive Web-Based Intervention to Achieve Healthy Weight in Young Children.”
- Ellen Wald, MD, is the principal investigator on an American Family Children’s Hospital Youth Health Transition Grant. Last year, that grant supported the "Successful Youth Transition into Adult Healthcare Summit”, which welcomed visiting professor and keynote speaker Albert Hergenroeder, MD.