Pediatric Infectious Disease

Clinical Strengths 

The Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases serves all types of children: those that are healthy coming from the community for a finite disease process, and those with complex medical issues requiring long term care and have more complex, ongoing disease processes. We see patients in all pediatric hospital settings, including the neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. We care for both immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts, related to transplantation, HIV and other conditions, including COVID-19 and COVID-related multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C). Our physicians share expertise in a wide range of pediatric-specific infectious diseases topics. This includes leadership in areas related to antimicrobial stewardship (Dr. Colleen Nash; Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics), high consequence infectious diseases, emerging pathogens and immunizations (Dr. Marielle Fricchione), pediatric and adolescent HIV and HIV-exposed infants (Dr. Mariam Aziz), and multi-drug resistant infections (Dr. Latania Logan; Adjunct Professor and pediatric site leader for Chicago’s CDC Prevention Epicenters Program). Dr. Julie Wohrley serves as Course Director for all rotators, with opportunities for learners to interact with individuals from various disciplines. 

We have a robust outpatient census of HIV infected and HIV exposed infants at the CORE enter of the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County. We host a variety of rotators, including Infectious Disease fellows, medical students, medical residents, as well as Pharmacy students and residents, and nurse practitioner students seeking advanced degrees. Exposure to these various disciplines and vantage points enriches the learning environment for those rotating on our service. 

Research Excellence 

Dr. Mariam Aziz (PI) has the following research award: 
NIH/NICHD N01/HHSN. NICHD Prime Contract No. HHSN275201300003C, NICHD Control No. NO1-DK-8-001. “International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group” Chicago site for NICHD IMPAACT studies. This project involves numerous clinical trials evaluating potential therapies for HIV infection and its sequelae in the infant, pediatric, adolescent and pregnant women populations. 

Other Opportunities 

Trainees have the opportunity to rotate on Infectious Disease Clinical rounds and outpatient ID clinic, as well as see HIV infected and exposed patients at the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center with Drs. Aziz, Wohrley and Nash.  Trainees also gain experience in Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship and Pediatric Infection Prevention.