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Department of Pediatrics

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Alumni

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2023

Ana Del Valle Penella, M.D.  
Program Years: 2020–2023
Research Interests: Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Pediatric Transplant Infectious Diseases
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah
Publications: Group B Streptococcal Cellulitis-Adenitis Syndrome in Infants: Insights from 24 Years of Experience.

Adriana Sarmiento Clemente, M.D.
Program Years: 2020–2023
Research Interests: Streptococcal Pneumonia, Quality Improvement, Antimicrobial Stewardship
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah
Publication: Decrease in Pediatric Invasive Pneumococcal Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Marisa Orbea, M.D.
Program Years: 2020–2023
Research Interests: Vaccine Hesitancy, Influenza, COVID-19
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Miami, Miami, Florida

2022

Mary Fortini, D.O.
Program Years: 2019–2022
Research Interests: Epidemiology, Infection Control
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
Publications: HACEK Infective Endocarditis at a Tertiary Children's Hospital, PMID: 33974955.

Margaret Taylor, M.D.
Program Years: 2019–2022
Research Interests: Antimicrobial Stewardship
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas                  
Publications: Impact of Penicillin Allergy Labels on Children Treated for Outpatient Respiratory Infections. PMID 36461664.

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2021

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Saki Ikeda, M.D.  
Program Years: 2018‐2021
Research Interests: Pediatric Tuberculosis, Pediatric SARS‐COV‐2, Pediatric COVID‐19
Current Position: Completing her Masters of Science in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Denver Niles, M.D.  
Program Years: 2018‐2021
Research Interests: Metagenomic Sequencing Validity
Current Position: Medical Microbiology Fellowship, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas

Kristen Valencia, M.D.  
Program Years: 2018‐current   
Research Interests: Cytolomegalovirus Infections in Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Patients  
Current Position: Pediatric Infectious Diseases Transplant Infectious Diseases Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital

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2020

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Ryan Rochat, M.D. M.P.H.
Program Years: 2017-2020
Research Interests: Cytomegalovirus (CMV), Data Mining
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, Texas

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2019

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Juri Boguniewicz M.D.,M.P.H.
Program Years: 2016-2019
Research Interests: Risk Factors for Antimicrobial Failure in Children with Enterobacter Bacteremia
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colo.

Gabriella Lamb, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Years: 2016-2019
Research Interest: Pediatric Tuberculosis
Current Position: Instructor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Harvard Medical School, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, Mass.
Publication:

  • Tuberculosis in Internationally Displaced Children Resettling in Harris County, Texas, USA, 2010-2015. PMID: 32687465
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2018

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Catherine Foster, M.D.
Program Years: 2015-2018
Research Interest: Pediatric Staphylococcus Aureus Implant-associated Infections
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas
Publication: 

  • Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes of Staphylococcus aureus Implant-associated Infections in Children. PMID: 31033905

Daniel Ruderfer, M.D.
Program Years: 2015-2018
Research Interests: BK virus-Associated Hemorrhagic Cystitis in Pediatric HSCT Recipients
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas

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2017

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Jill Weatherhead, M.D., M.S.
Program Years: 2013-2017
Research Interest: Ascaris Infection and Allergic Airway Disease
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Tropical Medicine, Infectious Disease, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Publication:

  • Ascaris Larval Infection and Lung Invasion Directly Induce Severe Allergic Airway Disease in Mice. PMID: 30249744 

Manu Chaudhary, M.D.
Program Years:
 2014-2017
Research Interest: Group B Strepotococcal infections Among Indian Women Living in the United States
Current Position: Infectious Disease Specialist, Apollo Hospitals International, Limited Ahmedabad
Publication: 

  • Prevalence and Capsular Types of Group B Streptococci Colonizing Indian Women Living in the United States. PMID: 29088024

Erin Nicholson, M.D.
Program Years: 2014-2017
Research Interest: Serious Bacterial Infections in Febrile Infants with a Respiratory Viral Infection
Current Position: Instructor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas
Publication: 

  • The Risk of Serious Bacterial Infection in Febrile Infants 0-90 Days of Life With a Respiratory Viral Infection. PMID: 30882724

Heather Highsmith, M.D.
Program Years: 2014-2017
Research Interest: Pediatric Tuberculosis
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Arkansas Medical Science, Little Rock, AK
Publication: 

  • T-SPOT.TB Performance in Routine Pediatric Practice in a Low TB Burden Setting. PMID: 29140933
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2016

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Natalie Janine M. Dailey Garnes, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
Program Years:
2012-2016
Research Interest: The Effects of anti-Dengue Monoclonal Antibodies on Model Dengue Virus (DENV) Infection in Humanized Mice
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Sylvia Chiang, M.D.
Program Years
: 2013-2016
Research Interests: Pediatric Tuberculosis
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Alpert Medical School, Brown University, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI
Publications:

  • Treatment outcomes of childhood tuberculous meningitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PMID: 25108337
  • New diagnostics for childhood tuberculosis. PMID: 26188605 

Kamilla S Josefsdottir 
Program Years:
2013-2016 
Research Interest: Antibiotic Impairment of Murine Hematopoiesis by Depleting;  Intestinal Microbiota
Current Position: Chief Epidemiologist, Project Manager for Vaccinations, Directorate for Health, Iceland
Publication:

  • Antibiotics impair murine hematopoiesis by depleting the intestinal microbiota. PMID: 27879260

Liset C. Olarte Carhauz M.D.
Program Years:
2013-2016
Research Interest: Pediatric Pneumococcal Infections
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Mo.

Publications: 

  • Pneumococcal Pneumonia Requiring Hospitalization in US Children in the 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Era.PMID: 28199482
  • Invasive pneumococcal infections in children following transplantation in the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine era. PMID: 27862712
  • Emergence of Multidrug-Resistant Pneumococcal Serotype 35B among Children in the United States. PMID: 27847379 
  • Osteoarticular Infections Caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae in Children in the Post-Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Era. PMID: 28723870
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2015

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Lindsay Hatzenbuehler Cameron, M.D., M.P.H.
Program Years:
2012-2015
Research Interest: Pediatric Tuberculosis
Current Position: Assistant Professor, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, Texas
Publications:

  • Increased adolescent knowledge and behavior following a one-time educational intervention about tuberculosis. PMID: 27923675
  • School-based Study to Identify and Treat Adolescent Students at Risk for Tuberculosis Infection. PMID: 27078123

Leigh Sweet, M.D., M.Ed.
Program Years:
2012-2015
Research Interest: Neglected Tropical Diseases in the U.S.
Current Position: Pediatric Hospitalist, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Sarasota, Fla.
Publication: 

  • Pediatric Neglected Tropical Diseases in a Major Metropolitan Children's Hospital in the United States, 2004-2013. PMID: 26501467