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Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship

The Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship program provides an intensive training experience in the care of children with infectious diseases. The goal of the program is to train excellent academic pediatric infectious disease specialists. Twelve months of training is devoted to intensive clinical training with service time covering the inpatient ward, PICU, and NICU at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s, and two months at Metro Health Medical Center. The busy inpatient consult service provides exposure to a wide range of both general community acquired pediatric infectious disease problems such as infections in immune compromised host, meningitis, osteomyelitis and respiratory infectious as well as experience in the management of infections in patients with complicated surgical, neurosurgical, transplant and intensive care related infections.

Our busy outpatient clinic provides fellows with an opportunity to care for children with acute infectious diseases problems and to longitudinally follow children with chronic immunodeficiencies and recurrent infections throughout their fellowship. Training in the management of pediatric tuberculosis and pediatric HIV infection is enriched by rotations on these services at MetroHealth Medical Center. Training in microbiology includes a 6 week rotation in the Cleveland Clinic’s state of the art clinical microbiology laboratory.

A rich didactic experience includes a weekly pediatric infectious diseases conference and joint conferences and infectious diseases rounds with adult infectious diseases. The Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases is well respected for their central role in pediatric education in the medical school curriculum, excellent teaching and clinical care. The members of the group have been recognized by the receipt of several recent distinguished teaching awards.

Approximately two years of the training program are devoted to an intensive laboratory or clinical research project. Fellows are encouraged to select a hypothesis driven project related to their specific area of interest and their long term goals in pediatric infectious diseases. Research projects may be mentored by a member of the Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, a Staff member in the Lerner Research Institute, or when appropriate by a faculty member at another research institution in the Cleveland area. Each fellow is provided with an oversight committee and emphasis is placed on identification and selection of a suitable research mentor. Past and current fellows have selected both basic science and clinical mentors.

Members of the Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases have both basic and clinical research interests:

The Lerner Research Institute (link) offers fellows numerous additional opportunities to develop a basic or translational research project related to an area of pediatric infectious diseases. Area of expertise at LRI include chronic inflammation, innate host defense, sepsis and host –pathogen-environment interactions, various aspects of viral pathogenesis, innate defenses against viruses and cancer, interferon signaling, Toll-like receptor signaling, oxidative stress, transplant immunology, neuroinflammation, and personalized or genomic medicine.

Recent Fellows and their projects

  • Aron Flagg (2010 – 2013)
    Central line infections in children with cancer.
  • Kim Swindell (2006-2009)
    Parenteral Lipid Emulsion induces germination of Candida albicans and increases biofilm formulation on medical catheter surfaces. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2009 Aug 1.
  • Stephanie Yee-Guardino (2003-2006)
    Yee-Guardino S, Gowans K, Yen-Lieberman B, Berk P, Kohn D, Wang FZ, Danziger-Isakov L, Sabella C, Worley S, Pellett PE, Goldfarb J. Beta-herpesviruses in febrile children with cancer. Emerg Infect Dis. 2008 Apr;14(4):579-85.

Additional colleagues

Microbiology

Geraldine Hall, PhD
Gary Procop, MD
Sandra Richter, MD
Susan Harrinton, PhD

Virology

Belinda Yen-Lieberman, PhD

MetroHealth Medical Center

Naza Abughali, MD
Rebecca Schein, MD

Contact information

Sarah Spurbeck, Program Coordinator
Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Desk S25
9500 Euclid Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44122
Phone: 216.444.6003
Email: spurbes@ccf.org

Reviewed: 12/13