Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

Change the World was created by Elizabeth Ristagno, MD, MSc, Kosair Charities Fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Louisville (2014 - 2017).  She is now a senior associate consultant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.  The video won first place in the 2015 Pediatric Infectious Disease Society's Fellow Video Competition.  

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellows at the University of Louisville provide medical services to patients with serious or complicated infections, such as HIV, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bone and joint infections and sepsis.  They provide care to children with primary immunodeficiencies and those undergoing both hematopoietic cell and solid organ transplantation.  Fellows also receive specific training in the prevention of hospital-acquired infections in children and in antimicrobial stewardship and are given the opportunity to play a key role in the infection prevention program at the children's hospital.

Clinical service and teaching occurs at Norton Children’s Hospital, and in the pediatric infectious diseases office and multidisciplinary clinics at the Novak Center for Children's Health, a new state-of-the-art medical office building.  Fellows evaluate and care for serious and complicated infections in neonatal and pediatric patients, including immunocompromised hosts and evaluate ~500 new inpatients annually.  Outpatient visits number approximately 1000 per year, including, but not limited to children needing post-hospital care, those with congenital or acquired immune deficiencies, and infants with perinatal HIV exposure.  The division compromises seven faculty physicians and one nurse practitioner.

Fellows conduct research that culminates in the publication and presentation of scholarly papers that make important contributions to the field.  Research training sites include the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory of the University of Louisville, the Norton Children's Research Institute, and the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of Norton Healthcare. Fellows also have the opportunity to work with the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit as well as to earn a Masters of Public Health at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences during their three years of fellowship training.  Additional learning and teaching opportunities occur through clinical experiences, didactic sessions, and multidisciplinary conferences.

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship at the University of Louisville is a 3-year ACGME-accredited program. Established in 1994, the program produces outstanding clinicians, educators, and scientists who make major contributions to the field of pediatric infectious diseases through clinical service, teaching, and research.

Program Aims

  1. Train fellows to provide expertise in the care of all children with infectious diseases, including the healthy child and the child with complex medical problems.
  2. Produce excellent, independent clinicians with a service niche (including but not limited to care of the immunocompromised and neonatal host, antimicrobial stewardship, healthcare epidemiology, quality improvement/patient safety, vaccine advocacy) within the field of pediatric infectious diseases.
  3. Train fellows to become outstanding clinician-educators.
  4. Facilitate for each fellow the development of a research “toolkit” in the areas of clinical research and quality improvement

Faculty

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty members are all recognized as exceptional teachers, role models, and leaders in their field. Each one is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. They have a variety of research interests, including vaccine development, policy, implementation, and education; outcomes research in clinical infectious diseases; hospital infection control and epidemiology; antimicrobial stewardship; and management of infections in transplant and immunocompromised hosts.

University of Louisville Pediatric Fellowships

Visit the Pediatric Fellowships webpage to learn more about:

  • How to apply for a pediatric fellowship
  • Compensation & benefits for pediatric fellows
  • Facilities where our fellows see patients, perform research, and learn
  • What is it like to live in Louisville, Kentucky?

Victoria A. Statler, MD, MSc
Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Tel. 502.852.8634
Email


 

Faculty

Gary S. Marshall, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Norton Children's profile

Dr. Marshall joined the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 1989. 


Daniel B. Blatt, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Norton Children's profile

Dr. Blatt joined the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 2020.


 

Kristina K. Bryant, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
System Pediatric Epidemiologist and Infection Control, Norton Children's
Norton Children's profile

Dr. Bryant joined the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 2000.


Julianne V. Green, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Norton Children's profile

Dr. Green joined the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 2016.


Gerard P. Rabalais, MD, MHA
Professor of Pediatrics
Emeritus Department Chair, Pediatrics
Norton Children's profile

Dr. Rabalais joined the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 1987.


Victoria A. Statler, MD, MSc
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Infectious Disease Fellowship Program
Norton Children's profile

Dr. Statler joined the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 2014.


Navjyot K. Vidwan, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Medical Director - Antimicrobial Stewardship, Norton Children's
Norton Children's profile

Dr. Vidwan joined the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics in 2013.

Year 1 CurriculumDurationLocation
Inpatient (with call)16 weeksNorton Children's Hospital
Outpatient6 weeksNovak Center
Microbiologiy2 weeksCPA Labs
Pharmacology2 weeksNorton Children's Hospital
Research22 weeks
Vacation4 weeks
Year 2 CurriculumDurationLocation

Inpatient (with call) - Includes
Transplant/Immunocompromised
Host Service

16 weeksNorton Children's Hospital
Outpatient6 weeksNovak Center
Clinical Immunology2 weeksCPA Labs
Infection Prevention & Public Health2 weeksNorton Children's Hospital
Research22 weeks
Vacation4 weeks
Year 3 CurriculumDurationLocation
Inpatient (with call) - Includes
Transplant/Immunocompromised
Host Service
16 weeksNorton Children's Hosptial
Outpatient6 weeksNovak Center
Research26 weeks
Vacation4 weeks