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Welcome to the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Our goal is to make a lasting impact in the field of Infectious Diseases by providing exceptional clinical care, training future leaders and making transformative discoveries.

Director's Welcome

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Now more than ever, Infectious Diseases are changing the way we live. A worldwide pandemic, life threatening emerging infections like Ebola, and multidrug resistant bacteria are challenging us to find therapies and algorithms to deal with these new problems. Yet, seldom has there been a more exciting time in translational medicine. Together, clinicians and scientists have brought forth diagnostics and therapeutics to combat a pandemic in record time. Phages are used to treat pan-resistant microbes and fecal microbiota and gene therapy are successfully healing intractable diseases. Infectious disease physicians play a major role bridging basic science and clinical medicine to expand our understanding of infections and bring novel therapies to patients with complex diseases.

At UCSD Dept. of Pediatrics and Rady Children's Hospital, we invite you to join the fight and help lead the way as we bring cutting-edge therapeutics to children with infection.

George Y. Liu, MD, PhD
Division Chief



DIVISION SPOTLIGHTS

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PIDS RECOGNIZES DR. JOHN S. BRADLEY WITH 2020 DISTINGUISHED PHYSICIAN AWARD

John S. Bradley, MD, a dedicated pediatric infectious diseases physician, scientist, and educator for nearly 40 years, is the 2020 recipient of the Distinguished Physician Award from the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS).

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DR. Chris Cannavino receives the 2021 Barbara and Paul Saltman Distinguished Teaching Award

The Committee on Distinguished Teaching selects those who exhibit creativity, innovative teaching methods, the ability to motivate students to actively seek out knowledge, and an extraordinary level of teaching commitment.

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Dr. Mark Sawyer is among 11 experts selected for the state of California's COVID-19 Scientific Safety Review Workgroup

Dr. Sawyer was named by Gov. Gavin Newsom to serve on the COVID-19 workgroup that will scrutinize clinical trial results and risk assessments associated with any vaccine.

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AWARDED $6.1M FOR RESEARCH

UC San Diego School of Medicine awarded $6.1M to study effects of maternal antibiotic use on infant health in new collaborative research center funded by National Institutes of Health.  The research team includes division members Adriana Tremoulet (lead PI), Victor Nizet, George Liu, Pieter Dorrestein, and Brookie Best.   LEARN MORE

NEW T32 AWARDS

The overarching goal of the CARING T32 training program awarded to UC San Diego from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases is to train MD and PhD scientists who wish to pursue rigorous research training that will place them on the pathway to productive, independent academic research careers. The new T32 Training Grants awarded to UCSD Pediatrics will be used towards supporting Fellow research. LEARN MORE

DR. TREMOULET RECEIVES AWARD

Dr. Adriana Tremoulet is a recipient of the 2020 Award for Faculty Excellence in Mentoring.  As a native Spanish speaker and someone with exceptional organizational and leadership qualities, Dr. Tremoulet was able to create a multi-center collaborative network across Latin America. At every opportunity, she brought junior colleagues on board and mentored them in the intricacies of multi-national collaboration. Dr. Tremoulet has helped launch the career of dozens of Latin American scholars. LEARN MORE