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Amaran Moodley, MD

Division of Infectious Diseases
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Faculty Appointments
  • Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego (2019)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine (2014)
Medical Education
  • Medical School: University of Cape Town, South Africa (1996) 
Postgraduate Education
  • Internship: Pietermaritzburg Complex Hospitals, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South. Africa (2002)
  • Residency in Pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA (2005)
  • Chief Resident in Pediatrics at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, USA (2008)
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases: University of California San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, California, USA (2009)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Infectious Diseases: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London, United Kingdom (2010)
Professional Interests:
  • HIV infection
  • Congenital CMV infection
  • Travel related infections
  • Refugee Health
Board Certifications
  • Board certified in General Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics (2009)
  • Board certified in Pediatric Infectious Disease - American Board of Pediatrics (2013)
  • Member of the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA)
  • Member of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of America (PIDS) 
My interest in infectious diseases began as a medical student at the University of Cape Town and Red Cross Children's Hospital in South Africa. In the 1990s, at a time when access to anti-retroviral therapy was virtually non-existent, many of the children I cared for were HIV-infected and would eventually die of AIDS defining illnesses. This was a powerful and defining experience early in my professional life and I became determined to pursue a career in pediatric infectious diseases.

After working in public hospitals in South Africa for several years, I completed my pediatric residency at Cleveland Clinic in Ohio and a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of California San Diego and Rady Children's Hospital. My laboratory research during fellowship initially focused on investigating the in-vitro role of vitamin D on autophagy in the setting of HIV and Tuberculosis infection and eventually led to a Thrasher research award to conduct a prospective clinical trial in Mexico evaluating the role of high dose vitamin D on infant response to BCG vaccination. After completing my fellowship I practiced clinical pediatric infectious diseases at a teaching children's hospital in Des Moines, Iowa where I held an adjunct assistant professor appointment at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. During this time I had the opportunity to direct the inpatient pediatric antimicrobial stewardship program, an outpatient pediatric refugee program in collaboration with the Iowa department of public health, a dedicated pediatric travel clinic, specialty clinics for perinatal and congenital infections (HIV, CMV), and an ambulatory clinic for childhood victims of sexual assault.

In January 2019, I joined the division of infectious diseases at Rady Childrens Hospital and the University of California San Diego where I hope to continue to deliver compassionate and evidence-based care to the children of San Diego. 

  1. Moodley A, Grose C. Severe Herpes Zoster Following Varicella Vaccination In Immunocompetent Young Children. J Child Neurol. 2019 Jan 10:883073818821498. doi: 10.1177/0883073818821498. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Moodley A, Bradley JS, Kimberlin DW. Antiviral treatment of childhood influenza. Curr Opinion in Pediatrics 2018 Jun; 30(3):438-447
  3. Madigan A, Fatemi Y, Theel E, Moodley A, Boyce T. Central nervous system blastomycosis in children- a case report and systematic review of the literature. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2017 Jul;36(7):679-684
  4. Moodley A, Spector S. Single high-dose vitamin D at birth corrects vitamin D deficiency in infants in Mexico. Int J Food Sci Nutr 2015 May 13;66(3):336-41 
  5. Moodley A, Quinlisk P, Garvey A, Kalas N, Barash JR, Khouri JM. Notes from the Field: Infant Botulism Caused by Clostridium baratii Type F - Iowa, 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015 Apr 17
  6. Moodley A, Mangino J, Goff D. Review of Infectious Diseases Applications for iPhone/iPad and Android: From Pocket to Patient. Clin Infect Dis 2013 Oct 9;57(8):1145-54
  7. Moodley A, et al. Vitamin D related host genetic variants alter pediatric HIV disease progression. Pediatr Infect Dis J 2013 Nov;32(11):1230-6
  8. Moodley A, Danziger-Isakov L. Bronchoalveolar lavage fungal antigen detection in critically ill children (editorial).Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology 2007 Dec; 15(1):1-3
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