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Infectious Diseases

Specializing in the care and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with acute or chronic bacterial, viral or fungal infections.

The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases focuses on diagnosing and treating infections. All of our diverse clinical, research, and educational activities come together to serve this end. Our division provides inpatient consultation for children with unusual or severe infections, as well as assistance with infection control issues and management of infectious diseases. Our busy outpatient clinic provides specialized HIV care to HIV-infected children from North Carolina and adjacent states. We also offer outpatient consultation for children with a variety of infectious concerns.

All faculty members in the division are active in research, with areas of interest and expertise ranging from basic science laboratory-based research to multicenter clinical trials. Investigators from our group lead multicenter clinical trials in the areas of treatment and prevention of HIV in children, neonatal infection, and infections in immunocompromised hosts. Others are leaders in basic science research in fungal, bacterial and viral pathogenesis.

The division consistently has residents and students participating on the clinical service, with teaching focusing on the diagnosis and management of pediatric infectious diseases. In addition, select students and residents work with individual faculty members on independent or collaborative research projects. The faculty and fellow members of the division provide lectures on a variety of infectious disease topics to medical students, residents and other members of the department and the university. Several division members have received teaching awards from students and residents, demonstrating the importance the division places on quality teaching by our faculty members.


The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Subspecialty Clinic serves children between birth and 21 years of age with known or suspected infections. When appropriate, we will see pregnant women with concerns regarding infections and their impact on their unborn child. Frequent reasons for referral include: fever of unknown origin, recurrent or severe otitis media, sinusitis, diarrhea, skin infections, HIV, HSV, Hepatitis A, B, C or unknown, bone, joint and deep tissue infections, pneumonia, meningitis and tuberculosis. Any suspected infections, exposure to an infection or questions about an infection are appropriate for referral.

Physicians and Staff


Name Areas of Special Interest
Daniel Benjamin Jr., MD, PhD, MPH Infections in neonates and bone-marrow transplant patients, meningitis, use of diagnostic tests
Dennis A. Clements, MD, PhD, MPH General pediatrics, infectious diseases, epidemiology, vaccine research, managed care health issues, global health
Coleen K. Cunningham, MD Infections, unexplained fevers, meningitis, pneumonia, bone and joint infections, viral disease, pediatric HIV
Robert P. Drucker, MD Pediatric infectious diseases, infection in hospitalized children
Paul M. Lantos, MD Tick- and mosquito-borne diseases, including Lyme disease and malaria; tropical and travel medicine; parasitology; pediatric and adolescent HIV
Kathleen A. McGann, MD Pediatric education, pediatric infectious diseases, HIV infection, general pediatrics
Ross E. McKinney Jr., MD Pediatric HIV infection and AIDS, evaluation of recurrent infections, evaluation of fevers of unknown origin (FUO)
M. Anthony Moody, MD General pediatric infectious diseases, pediatric tuberculosis, sexually transmitted infections
Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD Pediatric infectious disease, complex infections of hospitalized children, urinary tract infections (acute, chronic, recurrent), multidrug resistant infections
William J. Steinbach, MD Immunocompromised pediatric patients, especially children with invasive fungal infections
Emmanuel B. Walter, MD, MPH General pediatrics, childhood and adult immunizations

Non-Clinical Faculty

NameAreas of Special Interest
Genevieve Fouda, MD, PhD Antibody response to malaria and HIV, complement activation, pediatric HIV


NameAreas of Special Interest
Ann Buchanan, MD, MPH, DTM&H Third-year fellow conducting research on the diagnosis and treatment of mycobacterial infections in HIV-positive children in Africa.
Dorothy Dow, MD First-year fellow.
Luise Rogg, MD, PhD Third-year fellow conducting research on the calcineurin control of the cell wall in Aspergillus fumigatus.
Maria Guadalupe Lopez Marti, MD Second-year fellow
Dwight Yin, MD Second-year fellow conducting research on HIV antiretroviral resistance in children.

Post-doctoral Associate

Jarrod Fortwendel, PhD Post-doctoral Associate


Brenda Cole Administrative Secretary
Terry Hales GME Program Coordinator
Alice Huang Financial Analyst
Lindsay Johnson Staff Assistant
Cheryl Lucker Staff Assistant
Trevor Pfeiffer Data Technician
Janine Edmundson Administrative Manager

Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and HIV Research Staff

Linda Connor Outreach Social Worker
Rachel Dizney Clinic Social Worker
Margaret Donnelly Physician Assistant
Mary Jo Hassett Nurse Coordinator
Carole Mathison Senior Research Aide
Mary McLees-Lane Outreach Social Work Supervisor
Sunita Patil Clinical Research Coordinator
John Swetnam Research Analyst

Clinic Hours & Locations

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
2301 Erwin Road
Second Floor
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-668-4000

Hours: Mondays, 8:00 am to 12 noon
Thursdays, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm 
(Appointments on other days can be arranged, if needed)

Duke Children’s and WakeMed Children's Specialty Services
23 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27610
Tel: 919-862-1200
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Appointments and Contact Information

To serve our patients and referring physicians, faculty physicians covering pediatric infectious diseases are always on call to answer questions and provide consultation.

  • For new and return appointments, please call 919-668-4000.
  • For urgent calls during business hours, call the divisional office at 919-684-6335.
  • For urgent calls after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please call 919-684-8111 and ask the operator to page the pediatric infectious diseases fellow on call.
  • For physicians requesting consultations or making referrals, please call the divisional office at 919-684-6335 or the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).