Kosair Charities 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.  

Kosair Charities Fellows provide medical services to patients with serious or complicated infections, such as HIV, meningitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, bone infections and sepsis.  They conduct research that culminates in the publication and presentation of scholarly papers that make a contribution to the field. They also receive specific training in the prevention of hospital-acquired infections in children and are given the opportunity to play a key role in the infection prevention program at Norton Children’s Hospital. Trainees have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science or Master of Public Health degree during their three years of fellowship training.

Clinical teaching occurs at Norton Children’s Hospital, where the infectious disease service sees approximately 900 new patients per year. Research training sites include, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Laboratory of the University of Louisville, the Pediatric Clinical Trials Unit, and the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of Norton Healthcare. There is also interaction with the Pediatric Clinical Research Unit.


The Kosair Charities Fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, demonstrates the good that can be achieved for child health through collaborative efforts between Kosair Charities and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Since 1994, the overarching goal of this program has been to produce outstanding young physician/scientists, who can, through research, clinical service and teaching, make major contributions to the field of pediatric infectious diseases.

Program Goals

  1. To provide trainees with the experience necessary to diagnose and manage pediatric patients with acute and chronic infectious diseases, including disorders of host defense
  2. To prepare trainees to conduct independent research on infectious diseases in children
  3. To ensure acquisition of clinical and scientific teaching skills in preparation for careers in academic medicine
  4. To prepare trainees in the disciplines of hospital infection control and infectious disease prevention
  5. To prepare trainees to use epidemiological and biostatistical methods in clinical research and patient care


The Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty members are all recognized as exceptional teachers and role models for young physicians. 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 health services research.

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

Carol Hines
Fellowship Coordinator, Pediatric Infectious Disease
Tel. 502.852.8634