Sections & Programs

Infectious Diseases

Our Vision:
To combine our clinical care as researchers, educators, administrators, and hospital epidemiologists with our expertise in antimicrobial stewardship, quality improvement, public health, infection control, HIV, travel medicine, immunizations, microbiology, and the care of the immunocompromised and immunocompetent host to maximize the health of individuals and communities.

Our Mission:
To diagnose, treat, prevent, teach, and research infectious diseases of infants, children and youth.

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Daniel Johnson, MD - Professor and Vice Chair of Pediatric Patient Care Services

Section Chief, Academic Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases (Interim)

The Section of Infectious Diseases provides care to children with infectious diseases and immunologic disorders. Our clinicians are leaders in the care of children with HIV, and treating children with other disorders where the immune system may be compromised, including children with blood, respiratory, or skin and soft tissue infections, pneumonia, cancer, transplantation or heart disease complicated by acute infections. Patients are seen at Comer Children’s Hospital and in Chicago satellite offices in Chicagoland suburbs including Merrillville, Naperville and Indiana. The section includes a team of board certified Pediatric Infectious Diseases physicians, Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellows, registered nurses, social workers, and research coordinator

  • Blood infections
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Respiratory infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Skin and soft tissue infections
  • Other illnesses, such as cancer, transplantation or heart disease, complicated by acute infection

About Our Section

Special Services

Care2Prevent (C2P), The Universitiy of Chicago's Pediatric & Adolescent HIV Program, works to radically reduce HIV transmission events through the provision of comprehensive treatment and prevention services for HIV positive, LGBTQ-identified, and underserved youth communities in South Chicago. Led by Julia Rosebush, DO (Medical Director), C2P staff acknowledge that successful treatment and prevention of HIV infection goes beyond the biomedical model and strives to address the social determinants of health that keep many youths from engaging with the health care system. From homelessness to food insecurity to issues surrounding sexual and gender identity, C2P staff are trained to provide holistic prevention and treatment to youth at a variety of locations free-of-charge including Wyler Pavilion, Friend Health Center, a weekly drop-in program at the Washington Park Refectory, and throughout various South Chicago neighborhoods with the assistance of the Comer Children’s Mobile Medical Unit. Specially trained case management, outreach/prevention, and behavioral health teams actively work with youth to achieve mind-body wellness, engagement in care, and viral suppression or retaining an HIV-seronegative status through the ideal of client empowerment.

In addition to its provision of essential biomedical and wraparound supportive services for persons living with HIV and those who are highly vulnerable to acquiring infection, C2P is also engaged in rigorous scholarship and aims to serve as a national example for pediatric/adolescent HIV prevention and treatment programs. From quality improvement initiatives such as the implementation of HIV point of care testing in the Comer ED to streamlining efforts for patients with non-occupational HIV exposure and prescribed nPEP to serving as a recruitment site for studies within the PHACS and IMPAACT network of NIH clinical trials, C2P is committed to advancing knowledge and innovative patient care through scholarly pursuits.

Always looking to expand its reach, C2P leadership and staff are eager to accept new referrals from the community and serve as a resource for Comer Children’s Hospital faculty and staff. C2P medical providers aim to increase the number of vulnerable youth started on HIV PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), the number of HIV+ youth who are virally suppressed, and the identification and treatment of youth with sexually transmitted infections.

Learn more about Care2Prevent

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Julia Rosebush, DO - Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

If your family is traveling abroad, our doctors can provide advice on foreign travel precautions as well as vaccinations for your child in our Travel Medicine Clinic.

Health4Chicago is an in-school immunization program for children and adolescents, providing vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The team is led by physicians and nursing staff specializing in pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine. Our team of highly skilled nurses will visit your school campus to administer vaccines. 

Created in collaboration with the UChicago Comer Children’s Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Group and run by Dr. Madan Kumar, the Pediatric Immunocompromised ID Clinic offers multidisciplinary care for patients with infectious sequelae of oncologic disorders, chemotherapy, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, primary immunodeficiency disorders, and solid organ transplant. The clinic offers longitudinal support to this unique subset of pediatric patients who are prone to uncommon and potentially serious infectious diseases.

Julia Rosebush, DO, with patient

Honors and Publications

Stats

  • 8

    Grants Awarded FY19

  • >$1 million

    Grants Funded FY19

  • 23

    Publications FY18-FY19