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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 is comprised of internationally-known experts in diagnosing and treating infections in children. Our Division provides inpatient consultation for children with unusual or severe infections and assistance with the vast number of immunocompromised children at Duke Children’s Hospital. Our busy outpatient clinic provides specialized care to children referred from North Carolina and the Southeast for a myriad of unique infectious concerns as well as care to HIV-infected children.

All faculty members in the Division are active in clinical care, research, and education. Our faculty provide complementary expertise on infections caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Our patients are diverse, including neonates, children with primary immunodeficiency, surgical patients, critically ill children, children with cancers, and transplant recipients. Research by our faculty ranges from laboratory molecular pathogenesis studies to multicenter clinical trials in HIV in children, neonatal infections, and infections in immunocompromised hosts.

The Division consistently has fellows, residents and students participating on the clinical service, with teaching focusing on the diagnosis and management of pediatric infectious diseases. In addition, select fellows 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.


Inpatient Consultations
Our inpatient consult service is available 24/7/365 and is managed by a fellow and attending specialist physician on-call to provide information on the optimal diagnosis and management of known or suspected infections. Consults center on a wide variety of underlying patient conditions and include both severe presentations of more common infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis, and joint infections, as well as infections in immunocompromised or critically ill children. 

Outpatient Consultations
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
Mehreen Arshad, MD
Daniel Benjamin Jr., MD, PhD, MPH Infections in neonates and bone-marrow transplant patients, meningitis, use of diagnostic tests
Ann M. Buchanan, MD, MPH HIV, tropical medicine, infectious diseases
Dennis A. Clements, MD, PhD, MPH General pediatrics, infectious diseases, epidemiology, vaccine research, managed care health issues, global health
Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, MD Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drugs used in children and critically ill infants
Coleen K. Cunningham, MD Infections, unexplained fevers, meningitis, pneumonia, bone and joint infections, viral disease, pediatric HIV
Dorothy E. Dow, MD, MSc
Robert P. Drucker, MD Pediatric infectious diseases, infection in hospitalized children
Harmony P. Garges, MD, MPH General pediatric infectious diseases, neonatal infections, recurrent skin infections, evaluations for fevers of unknown origins, recurrent fevers
Praveen Rao Juvvadi, PhD
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
Sallie R. Permar, MD, PhD Prevention and treatment of neonatal viral infections; prevention and treatment of infectious diseases in immunosuppressed pediatric patients
William J. Steinbach, MD Immunocompromised pediatric patients, especially children with invasive fungal infections

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
Ezzeldin Saleh, MBBS Third-year fellow
Matthew Kelly, MD, MPH Third-year fellow
David Shapiro, MD Second-year fellow
Nazario Rivera Chaparro, MD First-year fellow


Betsy Faust Staff Assistant
Bridgit Holmes Staff Assistant
Kristin Johnson GME Program Coordinator
Scott Mofield Administrative Coordinator
Trevor Pfeiffer Data Technician
Christy Ragan Senior Business Manager

Clinical Research Staff

Stuart Carr Clinical Research Coordinator
Linda Connor Outreach Social Worker
Rachel Dizney, MSW Clinic Social Worker
Margaret Donnelly, PA Physician Assistant
Allison Fullencamp, MS Clinical Research Coordinator
Mary Jo Hassett, RN Nurse Coordinator
Mary McLees-Lane Outreach Social Work Supervisor

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).