Infectious Disease

The Pediatric Infectious Disease specialists at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital care for children and adolescents with a variety of viral, bacterial and parasitic infections.

In addition to treating children, we also are dedicated to researching better ways to diagnose, treat and prevent infectious diseases.

JHACH physicians provide assistance in the selection of antibiotics, antivirals or other forms of therapy. Our physicians are experienced in caring for children with complicated infections including transplant and cancer. The Pediatric Infectious Disease program is an important resource for the many pediatric subspecialists at Johns Hopkins All Children's as well as for primary care pediatricians. The Pediatric Infectious Disease department also provides support for hospital Infection Control and Quality of Care improvement initiatives, antibiotic stewardship, and medical education.

Infectious disease specialists diagnose and treat a wide range of viral, bacterial and parasitic illnesses. If your child has a recurring or persistent disease caused by an infectious agent such as bacteria, a fungus, a parasite, or other rare infection, a Pediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist has the experience and qualifications to help your pediatrician diagnose and treat your child. Pediatric infectious diseases specialists treat children from birth through the teen years. Their expertise includes the full range of acute, recurrent and chronic infections in childhood, including:

  • Pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Encephalitis
  • MRSA infections
  • Bone infections
  • Lyme disease (and other tickborne illness)
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Parasitic infections
  • Antibiotic-resistant infections

Why a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist?

Children are not just small adults. Their bodies are growing and have unique medical needs. They usually express their concerns differently than adults do. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and cooperative. Pediatric infectious diseases specialists know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. They also understand the unique signs, symptoms, treatments, and outcomes/prognoses associated with infectious diseases in children, which can be quite different from those of adults with such infections.

If your pediatrician suggests that your child be evaluated by a pediatric infectious diseases specialist at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital, you can be assured that your child will receive the best possible care.

What kind of training do pediatric infectious diseases specialists have?

Pediatric infectious diseases specialists are medical doctors who have:

  • Graduated from medical school
  • Completed pediatric residency training (at least 3 years)
  • Completed infectious diseases training (at least 3 years)
  • Certification as a pediatric infectious diseases specialist from the American Board of Pediatrics

What types of treatments do pediatric infectious diseases specialists provide?

Pediatric infectious diseases specialists treat a wide range of infectious and immunologic diseases such as those caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Other pediatric infectious diseases specialists are consulted for diseases that are complicated or atypical, including:

  • Illnesses that are of unclear cause, have prolonged fever, or are recurrent 
  • Respiratory infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis
  • Meningitis

Where can I find a pediatric infectious diseases specialist?

The Pediatric Infectious Disease department at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital sees patients from around Florida on our main campus and at our Outpatient locations in Sarasota and Brandon. If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call 727-767-4160. 

Visiting our Practice

Patients are seen by appointment only. A wider selection of appointment times are available if your visit is scheduled weeks in advance. Many parents prefer to schedule visits before or after school. Please understand that these appointments fill up quickly and may not be available if your child needs to be seen sooner.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany the patient during office visits. Occasionally, it is impossible for a parent to attend. If that happens, you must give written permission for medical treatment in your absence.

Our goal is to see every child at the scheduled appointment time. You must arrive 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete all necessary paperwork. Please allow enough time to leave your home or work, pick up your child from school and park at Johns Hopkins All Children's. If this is your first appointment, please make sure you have directions to the clinic.

As a courtesy, we will call your home to confirm each appointment. If you must cancel this appointment please call the office at 800-456-4543, ext. 4160 or (727-767-4160 at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment date. We can assist you with scheduling another appointment at that time. Patients arriving 30 minutes late (or more) for their scheduled appointment time will not be seen that day.