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BMC Combines Multidisciplinary Care and Advanced Research to Treat Children with Infectious Diseases

BMC’s Pediatric Infectious Disease Division combines clinical excellence and advanced research to offer care that focuses on the unique needs of urban children.The Infectious Disease Division of BMC’s Department of Pediatrics effectively combines clinical excellence and advanced research to offer state-of-the-art care that focuses on the unique needs of urban children. 

Expert care. The highly experienced team of physicians offers exceptional care for a wide spectrum of viral, parasitic and bacterial infections, as well as immune diseases. The division commonly sees infection-related aspects of sickle cell disease, asthma, recurrent respiratory tract infections, Staph infections, MRSA and herpes virus. It offers particular expertise in managing sexually transmitted diseases and provides advanced management of at-risk children and families with HIV.

Many physicians in the division are recognized as experts in their fields, including Colin Marchant, MD, a leader in vaccine safety and the director of one of only six Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-funded Clinical Immunization Safety Assessment sites in the country; Ellen Cooper, MD, who sits on the American Academy of Pediatrics committee  on HIV and is a member of several national guidelines committees; Elizabeth Barnett, MD, who has more than two decades of experience in international health and travel medicine and who works with the CDC in understanding infection-related risks to travel; and Vishakha Sabharwal, MD, who offers particular expertise in travel and refugee medicine. Division chief Stephen Pelton, MD, has been named one of Boston’s best pediatric infectious disease doctors by Boston Magazine.

Patient-focused approach. With broad expertise focused on the health issues of urban children, BMC physicians know their patients well and are able to understand the disease in the context of the whole person. The division has a public health approach to care that looks at prevention as well as intervention once a disease is present. Many children seen at BMC are first generation and may often travel to visit relatives outside this country. The division’s experienced specialists with training in international health can offer advice, education and immunizations to help protect young travelers from diseases they may be exposed to overseas, and they are able to diagnose and treat illnesses acquired abroad.

Innovative technologies and treatment options. Members of the clinical staff are involved in a wide variety of research. Because of this involvement, patients who are willing to participate in research programs may have access to new approaches under investigation, such as antiretroviral drugs for HIV, as well as new antibiotics and vaccines. In addition, funded as a state-of-the-art AIDS clinical research group for children, BMC is able to offer a spectrum of clinical and research programs to address the prevention of maternal to child transmission, the management of children with HIV and the prevention of the disease in intimate partners. 

Multidisciplinary collaboration. Physicians in the division are highly experienced and have a close connection to community health center physicians. They also work within BMC’s close-knit Department of Pediatrics, which easily allows for multidisciplinary approaches when needed.

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Division is part of the Pediatric Specialty Group at BMC, providing high-quality, comprehensive and compassionate care to children, adolescents and young adults, including: Cardiology, Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Genetics, Growth & Nutrition, Hematology & Oncology, Menstrual Disorders, Pulmonary & Allergy, Sleep Disorders & Neurology, Travel & International Health.

Contact BMC Connect at 877.781.4763 to schedule an appointment or a consultation.

Learn more about BMC’s Pediatric Infectious Disease Division, where infants, children, adolescents and young adults with an array of infectious and immune diseases receive comprehensive, state-of-the-art treatment and care.

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