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Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship at Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York

The fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases is designed to train the fellow in the entire clinical spectrum of infectious diseases, to provide training in clinical microbiology, and to give the opportunity to design and carry out basic and/or clinical investigative projects related to infectious diseases. During the training program, the fellow performs clinical consultations on inpatients and outpatients, participates in infectious diseases conferences and journal clubs, and prepares and delivers lectures to the pediatric staff house. The outpatient experience includes participation in the Pediatric Travel and Immunization Service. Additionally, fellows spend at least one month in the clinical microbiology laboratory learning the principles and techniques of diagnostic bacteriology, virology, serology, and molecular diagnostics. Fellows spend one month on inpatient service with the Division of Infectious Diseases of the Department of Internal Medicine. Fellows attend continuity clinic for up to 24 months with the Pediatric Immunology Division at the Children’s Hospital where they gain experience with diagnosing and managing children with immune deficiency disorders and the management of HIV-infected children. Each fellow is enrolled in a course on research techniques and introduction to biostatistics. First year fellows spend at least six months on the clinical consultative services. The majority of the second and third years of fellowship is devoted to clinical and/or laboratory research.

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division consists of three full-time faculty members. Lorry Rubin, MD is Director of Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York (CCMC-NY) in New Hyde Park (formerly Schneider Children's Hospital). He is also a Professor of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr Rubin serves as a consultant to the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics (“Red Book Committee”). His main research interests are in the areas of bacterial pathogenicity including the pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus influenzae, the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of the catheter-associated bacteremia, and infection control and prevention. Sunil Sood, MD is the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease of CCMC-NY at North Shore University Hospital (NSUH). His research interests are treatment of congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, anti-viral treatment of serious influenza infection, and diagnosis, prevention, and pathogenesis of Lyme disease. The research interests of Sujatha Rajan MD are in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of fungal infections and infections in stem cell transplant recipients. Christine Ginocchio, PhD, is Chief of Microbiology at the North Shore-LIJ Health System Core Laboratory and an internationally recognized expert in molecular diagnostics. Bruce Farber MD is Chief of the Internal Medicine Division of Infectious Diseases Divisions at NSUH and Long Island Jewish Hospitals. There is a close working relationship between the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Division of Infectious Diseases in Internal Medicine. The Divisions conduct joint conferences, journal clubs, and Grand Rounds. Marcia Epstein MD, program director of the fellowship in infectious diseases. Vincent Bonagura MD is the Chief of Allergy-Immunology at CCMC-NY; there is close working relationship between the divisions of infectious diseases and allergy-immunology.

The clinical facilities are the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of LIJMC in New Hyde Park and Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center at NSUH in Manhasset of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. The research facility is the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. All are components of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. CCMC opened at the Schneider Children’s Hospital opened in 1983 and is a 150 bed children’s hospital which has more than 11,000 admissions annually. The patient population includes walk-in, primary care patients, but has a major tertiary and quaternary care patient population including a large number of hematology-oncology patients, neonatal and pediatric intensive care patients, and children with congenital heart disease. Special programs include stem cell transplantation, ECMO, and cystic fibrosis.

A pre-requisite for the fellowship program is three years of post-graduate training in pediatrics. Applicants for fellowship complete their applications via ERAS. For additional information, please contact:

Lorry Rubin, M.D.
Chief, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Cohen Children's Medical Center
269-01 76th Avenue
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Tel: 718-470-3415
Fax: 718-470-0887

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