Infectious Disease

Clinical Services

The ID division provides an inpatient consultation service and an ambulatory clinic. The clinical team includes 18 faculty members and two advanced practice providers.  We have special clinical programs in pediatric HIV and pediatric transplant infectious diseases.

The Pediatric HIV program at Seattle Children's Hospital is the only program in the state caring for this unique population.  We take care of HIV-infected children and adolescents from all over the state of Washington as well as from eastern Idaho.  We also provide consultation to providers in Alaska caring for HIV-infected children. We collaborate with the Maternal Infant Care Center at UWMC in caring for HIV-exposed but uninfected infants.  We have been a part of the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials network (previously known as the Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group) funded by the NIH since 1989. 

The Pediatric Infectious Disease section works on transplant-related disease prevention and treatment in collaboration with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and pediatric transplant services at Seattle Children’s Hospital.  Joint efforts in establishing guidelines, protocols, and individualized antibiotic plans are developed and reviewed with multiple services and divisions, including  Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Immunology, Solid Organ Transplant services (Cardiology, Nephrology, Liver, and Surgery services), and Pharmacy, as well as Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infection Control.  A guidebook for approaches to the prevention and treatment of infections in this high-risk population has been developed with the cooperation of these services and made available to the ID service and all health care providers participating in the care of these patients, and Pediatric Transplant ID is involved with patient care, discussions, lectures, and patient care conferences among the transplant services are ongoing.

Fellowship Program

First formed in 1979, the University of Washington’s Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellowship training program has had a consistent record of success in training leaders focused on basic or translational research pertaining to diseases that affect children, and has graduated a number of fellows who subsequently took on academic leadership positions at their institution such as Division Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases or Department Chair of Pediatrics. Approximately 85% of our graduates have remained in academic medicine or worked with governmental institutions including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the National Institutes of Health.

Our three-year program trains approximately 2 fellows per year in clinical pediatric infectious diseases and basic or translational research, with the goal of helping fellows launch academic research careers. Our fellows can select research mentorship from among the many outstanding researchers across the University of Washington, including in the Departments of Internal Medicine, Global Health, or Immunology. Further details on the program can be found here.

For more information on this specialty, please visit the Infectious Disease webpage.