Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Infectious Disease PhysicianVisualizing live bacteria where they exist in the body, says infectious disease specialist Sanjay Jain, will improve diagnosis of tuberculosis and other infectious disorders.

The Eudowood Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Johns Hopkins treats all aspects of infectious diseases and studies the pathogens, prevention, transmission and therapy of many of diseases, including bacteria, mycobacteria, parasites and viruses. Its faculty are experts on a wide range of infectious agents, from the viruses and bacteria that cause common respiratory tract infections to the more serious illnesses caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

A wide variety of interdisciplinary research projects examine some of the more exciting issues in infectious disease, such as antibiotic resistance, emerging infections and the production of safe and effective vaccines. Get the latest vaccine news from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

In keeping with his vision that an infectious disease division should embrace many academic fields, former division director Kwang Sik Kim created a monthly infectious disease meeting designed to help scientists from all Johns Hopkins research divisions come together and collaborate on new infectious disease research projects.

We are nationally recognized experts in our fields. Our research and clinical experts are often sought for comment on the national stage on issues ranging from influenza and H1N1 to vaccine safety and the prevention of respiratory viruses and other pathogens in a hospital setting. Here at Hopkins Children's Center, they work closely with counterparts in adult care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in preventing hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic resistance. To prevent the latter among pediatric patients, they helped design and now oversee a Web-based approval system of restricted antimicrobials. Read more about the division's antibiotic approval system.

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Our Team

Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease

Deborah Persaud, M.D.

  • Interim Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Professor of Pediatrics

Expertise: Pediatric Infectious Disease

Pediatric Infectious Disease Faculty

Returning to School Safely

The return of the school year can bring a variety of emotions — from excitement to anxiety — and the continuing COVID-19 pandemic adds an extra layer of uncertainty. What do parents need to know to ease their kids into the transition — physically and emotionally?

Featured and Patient Stories

First Functional HIV Cure in an Infant

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center virologist Deborah Persaud, M.D., along with a team of researchers from the Children’s Center, the University of Mississippi Medical Center, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School describe the first case of a so-called "functional cure" in an HIV-infected infant. The finding, the investigators say, may help pave the way to eliminating HIV infection in children.

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A Better Picker-Upper

Haris, a cheerful 7-year-old, wasn’t himself on returning from a family trip. His bounce was missing, said his father, and he’d lost weight he’d put on the previous summer spent in Central India, sampling the home cooking of a doting grand-mother.

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Phone: 443-997-KIDS (5437) | Fax: 410-614-3917 

Patients and families who need to reach the on-call physician for emergencies after 5 p.m.:  Paging operator: 410-955-6070

Contact Information for Health Care Providers

Emergency consultative services (physician-to-physician) are available 24 hours a day by calling the Hopkins Access Line (HAL) at 1-800-765-5447, or 410 955-9444 in Baltimore.

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Locations and Directions

With labs throughout Johns Hopkins, pediatric infectious disease faculty and staff see patients in the Pediatric Specialty Clinic in the 

David M. Rubenstein Child Health Building
200 N Wolfe St.
Baltimore, MD 21287