Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases offers superior inpatient and outpatient care and consultation services to meet the challenges posed by pediatric infectious diseases.

This rapidly changing field requires specialized, innovative approaches to both common infections and more serious infectious diseases.

Each year, our physicians consult on more than 400 cases around California and serve more than 1,000 hospitalized patients with complex bacterial, fungal and viral infections. These include:

  • AIDS
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Encephalitis
  • Fungal infections
  • Meningitis
  • Multi-resistant bacterial infections
  • Toxic shock syndrome
  • Tuberculosis
  • Viral infections

In addition, we care for children with infections that arise in transplant and immunocompromised patients.

Programs and Services

  • Kawasaki Syndrome
  • Microbial Pathogens

Kawasaki syndrome is a serious rash illness that can cause coronary artery aneurysms. Affecting young children, mostly under the age of five, Kawasaki Syndrome, also known as Kawasaki Disease, has surpassed rheumatic fever as the leading cause of acquired heart lesions in children.

Along with members of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, the Division of Infectious Diseases is participating in a collaborative initiative to translate innovative scientific research into novel diagnostics, therapeutic and preventive strategies for important microbial pathogens affecting immunocompromised patients.

The focus of this research is on fungal and mycobacterial organisms, especially Aspergillus species.


Areas of research include bacterial meningitis, Kawasaki Disease, the genomics of microscopic infections, development of new anti-bacterial agents and the management of infections in patients who have undergone bone marrow or organ transplantation.

We also have an internationally recognized program studying the transmission of HIV in breast milk.

Fellowships and Training

Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program