Infectious Disease Fellowship

Infectious Disease

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease
Indiana University School of Medicine
Riley Hospital for Children

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine is based at Riley Hospital for Children, a nationally-ranked children's hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our hospital system staffs close to 500 beds with over 16,000 admissions, and over 200,000 outpatient visits each year. As the major referral site for pediatric care in the state, comprehensive specialty care is provided by all pediatric and surgical subspecialties including Rheumatology, Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Pulmonary and Intensive Care, Neonatology, Clinical Immunology, Solid Organ and Intestinal Transplantation, Hematology-Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation.

The Section of Pediatric Infectious Disease carries the name Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease in honor of the Indiana-born pioneer in pediatric HIV social awareness, Ryan White. Within this center, the state's only pediatric HIV program provides care to most children with HIV-AIDS in the state. Our Center is responsible for the evaluation and care of children with complex infectious diseases. An inpatient infectious disease service is staffed by members of our section. A pediatric travel medicine clinic dedicated to the education, prevention and treatment of travel-related conditions such as malaria, traveler's diarrhea and other parasitic infections provides service to traveling children and their parents is based in the Riley Outpatient Center. Our Center also provides care to refugees and immigrants with conditions such as tuberculosis and systemic parasitic infections. In collaboration with the International Adoption Program within the Section of Developmental and Complex Care Pediatrics, members of our Center assist in the management of adoptees with a multiplicity of infectious disease problems. We have a busy pediatric infectious disease diagnostic clinic that evaluates children with clinical problems such as periodic fever syndromes, recurrent infections, and musculoskeletal and soft tissue infections.

Our center has 7 faculty members and 2 adjunct faculty members with diverse clinical and research interests such as tropical and travel-related diseases, HIV, histoplasmosis, geographic medicine, catheter-related bloodstream infections, pharmacology, antimicrobial stewardship, comparative effectiveness, and hospital epidemiology. Fellows, residents and medical students are integral members of our services.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • John C. Christenson, MD, Director; Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: hospital epidemiology, travel and geographic medicine; clinical infectious diseases
  • Elaine G. Cox, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: catheter-associated bloodstream infections; pediatric antimicrobial stewardship; hospital epidemiology, pediatric HIV-AIDS; safety and quality
  • Martin B. Kleiman, MD, Ryan White Professor of Pediatrics: hospital epidemiology, histoplasmosis
  • Benjamin F. Weston, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: bacterial pathogenesis; clinical infectious diseases
  • S. Maria Finnell, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics: Outcomes research with focus on comparative effectiveness; clinical infectious diseases
  • Annette Foti-Childress, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: clinical infectious diseases
  • Danielle A. Osterholzer, MD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Pediatrics: adult and pediatric HIV-AIDS; clinical infectious diseases
  • Chad Knoderer, PharmD, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics: pharmacodynamics; pediatric antimicrobial stewardship
  • Rachel Vreeman, MD, MS, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics: Outcomes research with focus on pediatric HIV therapy adherence in Kenya, international child health and geographic medicine

Our faculty participates in a weekly medical center-wide infectious diseases case conference organized by the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine. Adult fellows frequently rotate through the clinical services of our center. Fellows from our program rotate on one of the adult clinical services. Fellows will have formal clinical rotations in the sexually-transmitted infections and Clinical Immunodeficiency clinics. Each fellow will have a weekly continuity clinic for the evaluation of new patients, and their followup; and the followup of inpatients. Fellows attend a weekly Pediatric HIV clinic.

Three years of fellowship training begin with a comprehensive hands-on clinical laboratory experience in Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Serology, Mycobacteriology, Parasitology, and Molecular Diagnostics. The first year is dedicated to clinical experiences; followed by two years mostly focused on research. Research is an integral focus of our program. Fellows with clinical research interests will be encouraged to enroll in the CITE (Clinical Investigator and Translational Education) program. The purpose of this program is to prepare fellows for academic careers in clinical research. At the completion of coursework and research project, a Masters of Science in Clinical Research degree is awarded to the fellow. Fellows interested in laboratory-based research will be provided with mentors within various fields such as bacterial pathogenesis and/or cellular immunology. Fellows are expected to present and publish the results of their research.

Fellows are provided with funds for books, journals and travel to national meetings.

For fellows interested in international health and geographic medicine, the IU-Moi University program in Kenya (IU-Kenya Partnership) offers ample opportunities for clinical research and education on tropical diseases and HIV-AIDS.

The goal of our program is to prepare fellows for a career as an academic pediatric infectious disease specialist, researcher, teacher, and scholar. All inquiries can be addressed to John C. Christenson, MD; Director, Ryan White Center for Pediatric Infectious Disease at or by calling 317-944-7260.