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Leslie Chiang, MD

Pediatric ID Fellow



Education and Post-Graduate Training:
  • Residency: University of California, San Diego Pediatric Residency Training Program, 2018
  • Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, 2015
  • Undergraduate: University of California, Berkeley, 2010
Honors & Awards:
  • California Chapter 3 Award: for being an excellent leader and team player, AAP, May 2018
  • ASK (Acquiring Superior Knowledge) award, UCSD Pediatric Residency Program, 2016
  • Outstanding Immunologist Award, UC Berkeley, May 2010
Research:
  • Optimal vancomycin dosing in pediatric patients with invasive MRSA infections: University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. (July 2018 – present) Advisor: Alice Pong, MD
  • Quality Improvement: Taking time-outs as part of an antimicrobial self-stewardship program: University of California, San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. (July 2017 – May 2018) Advisor: Erin Stucky-Fisher, MD; Alice Pong, MD
  • Geriatric assessment as predictors of hospital readmission in senior adults with cancer: Washington University in St. Louis. (June 2013 - May 2014) Advisor: Tanya Wildes, MD, MSCI; Jay Piccirillo, MD, MPH, Research award: NIH TL1
  • Characterization of the auditory-vestibular temporal binding window of young, healthy subjects: Washington University in St. Louis. (June 2011 – August 2011) Advisor: Timothy Hullar, MD, Research award: NIH T32
  • The role of microRNA in the regulation of tumorigenesis in a T-cell specific PTEN-deficient mouse model: UC Berkeley Cancer Research Laboratory. (June 2007 – May 2010), Advisor: Astar Winoto, PhD
I am originally from the Bay Area and went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, where I majored in Molecular and Cell Biology. I then moved to the Midwest for medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, where I graduated in 2015. I completed pediatric residency at UCSD in 2018 and worked for a year in pediatric urgent care before starting ID fellowship here at UCSD/Rady Children's Hospital.

I chose to do my ID fellowship here because we have a wonderful, remarkable faculty with a wide breadth of clinical and research interests. I knew from my experience as a resident that we have a busy and challenging service with a diverse patient population and a large breadth of learning opportunities. I am still undecided about where to focus my scholarly interests but have had some experience in antimicrobial stewardship, and I am also interested in medical education.
  1. Unilateral facial nerve palsy as an early presenting symptom of relapse in a paediatric patient with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Chiang, L; Crawford, J; Kuo, D. BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Mar 10;2017
  2. Inadvertently boarding a pirate ship: disease progression in a paediatric patient with relapsed metastatic Ewing sarcoma receiving treatment at a centre for alternative therapy in Mexico. Cheng, JH; Chiang, LY; Kuo, DJ. BMJ Case Rep. 2017 Jan 6;2017.
  3. Geriatric assessment factors are associated with mortality after hospitalization in older adults with cancer. Jonna, S., Chiang, L., Liu, J. et al. Support Care Cancer (2016) 24: 4807.
  4. Geriatric assessment as predictors of hospital readmission in senior adults with cancer. Chiang, L., Liu, J., Carroll, M., Flood, K., Stark, S., Piccirillo, J., Wildes, T. J Geriatr Oncol. 2015 Jul;6(4):254- 61.
  5. The role of the PI3K-AKT kinase pathway in T-cell development beyond the beta checkpoint Xue, L., Chiang, L., Kang, C., and Winoto, A. (2008) Eur. J. Immunol. 38, 3200-3207.
  6. Coupling of the cell cycle and apoptosis machineries in developing T cells Xue, L., Sun, Y., Chiang, L., He, B., Kang, C. Nolla, H. and Winoto, A. (2010) J. Biol.Chem. 285, 7556-7565.
  7. FoxM1, a Forkhead transcription factor is a master cell cycle regulator for mouse mature T cells but not double positive thymocytes Xue, L, Chiang, L., He, B., Zhao, Y-Y, and Winoto, A. (2010) PLOS One, 5 (2):e9229.

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