Infectious diseases are caused by organisms (like bacteria, fungi, parasites, and viruses). While many organisms live in and on our bodies are harmless, others can cause disease. Humans catch these diseases either from another person who has it already, insect or animal bites, or exposure to the disease in the environment. When a person has an infectious disease, it is important he or she is cared for by a physician specialist who can help manage or cure the disease.

Boston Medical Center is home to infectious disease pediatric specialists who work with patients with all kinds of diagnoses and provide management of at-risk children and families with HIV infection. Acquired and congenital conditions they treat include:

  • Chronic infections
  • Recurrent infections
  • Diagnostic puzzles
  • Unusual bacterial, fungal or viral infections
  • Lyme disease
  • Chronic, recurrent or unexplained fevers
  • HIV
  • Pneumonia
  • Recurrent skin and soft tissue infections
  • Hepatitis B and C diagnosis and treatment
  • Congenital Infections such as Herpes Simplex, Toxoplasmosis,
  • Cytomegalovirus

Contact Us

850 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
6th Floor
Yawkey Center
617.414.7428
Monday, Wednesday Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30PM Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Programs and Services

Pediatrics - Travel and International Health

The International Clinic provides a family-oriented program to reduce the incidence of travel related illness. Most patients are from the international community of Boston Medical Center, where more than half of all children have at least one parent who was born outside the United States.

Treatments & Services

Refugee Health Assessment Program

Refugee Health Assessment Program sees refugees who have recently arrived in the United States. These patients that are referred from specific resettlement agencies; thus, appointments for these patients are only made via the agencies.

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Hepatitis Management and Treatment

As part of a special program within the Infectious Diseases Clinic, infants and children with Hepatitis B and C are followed. Recent NICHD Funding has allowed the clinical program to focus on the risk factors for transmission of HCV from mother to infant. There is an active program to identify, evaluate, and manage congenital Hepatitis C, and have access to state of the art diagnostics and therapeutics.

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The Vaccine Center

The Vaccine Center not only investigates new vaccines, but also is on the cutting edge of information regarding new indications. Advice on appropriate immunizations for a variety of populations such as sickle cell disease, immunodeficiency, splenectomized patients is also available.

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Our Team

Pediatric Infectious Disease Doctors

Elizabeth D Barnett, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Immigrant Medicine, Travel Medicine, Vaccine Safety, Parasitic Diseases

Marisol Figueira, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Pediatrics, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatric Primary Care, Pediatric International and Travel Clinic, Pediatric Infectious Disease in Returning Travelers

Katherine K Hsu, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Sexually transmitted diseases and syndromes in adolescents and young adults, infectious diseases in adolescents and young adults, post-sexual assault care in adolescents and young adults, vaccine preventable diseases in adolescents and young adults

Jerome O Klein, MD

Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Infectious disease; Otitis media; Antimicrobial resistance; Neonatal infection

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Vishakha Sabharwal, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine

Special Interests

Treatment of Hepatitis C, Travel medicine, Tropical Medicine, Refugee and Immigrant health, Treatment of tick borne illness

Pediatric AIDS Program

Ellen R Cooper, MD

Medical Director of the Pediatric and Adolescent HIV Program
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

pediatric infectious disease, pediatric and adolescent HIV disease, congenital infections, viral infections, parasitic infections
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Stephen I Pelton, MD

Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health, Boston MA

Special Interests

Pediatric and Adolescent HIV, Hepatitis B and C, Recurrent Otitis Media, Recurrent infection, Recurrent Herpes simplex virus disease

Carole M Moloney, NP

Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston MA

Special Interests

Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adults with HIV, Pediatric ,Adolescent and Young Adults with Hepatitis C
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Diana Clarke, Pharm.D.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Special Interests: Pharmacokinetics and safety of Raltegravir and Dolutegravir in Neonates exposed to HIV infection; Pharmacokinetics and safety of Remdesivir for treatment of Covid-19 in pregnant and non-pregnant women.

 

Patient Resources

Pediatric AIDS Program

The Pediatric AIDS Program works closely with the departments of Obstetrics and Adult Clinical AIDS to provide access to the most pioneering therapies and preventative strategies for good general maternal-child health care.

Curriculum for HIV Infected Youth

This curriculum hopes to promote adherence and improve outcomes for HIV infected youth.  It was developed with a grant from HRSA.  Content includes:

Pediatrics - Travel and International Health

The International Clinic provides a family-oriented program to reduce the incidence of travel related illness. Most patients are from the international community of Boston Medical Center, where more than half of all children have at least one parent who was born outside the United States.

Research Overview

Pediatrics HIV and HCV Research

Funded Programs for HIV and HCV Research

The Pediatric Infectious Disease group has a well-established collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics, and we have a number of programs involving the health of mothers and babies. Active research studies regarding treatment of pregnant HIV infected women and the prevention of vertical transmission are ongoing.

In addition we have recently developed a research agenda regarding Hepatitis C infected women and the potential risk to their newborns from this maternal exposure. Our first epidemiological studies are up and running. Now that therapeutic options have expanded, we now plan on looking at the advantage and possibility of early diagnosis in the infants. 

Targeting HIV Infection:

Boston Medical Center is currently the only institution in. New England who is part of the IMPAACT Network, a group of domestic and international academic sites conducting clinical trials important to the care of HIV infected infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant women. Considered a Center of Excellence, we have been part of this important research network for over 25 years._.  We have participated in cutting edge research including the first studies to show interruption of the vertical transmission of HIV from mother to baby, and we continue to have uninterrupted access to the latest state of the art therapeutics and diagnostics. We are currently conducting research of investigational drugs and vaccines for both primary HIV therapy and the prevention and treatment of opportunistic infections and the long term complications of HIV infection.

In addition to the NIH funded clinical trials we have several ongoing industry-sponsored trials, targeting the special population of children and adolescents with resistant HIV infection

Residency and Fellowship Information

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Fellows in Pediatric Infectious Diseases participate in a 3-year program that provides training to prepare them for successful careers in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and to assure their qualification for the American Board of Pediatrics certifying examination in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The three-year training experience includes submersion in the clinical experience in the first year followed by two years of concentrated mentored research time.