Infectious Diseases

Dr. Tobias Kollman, Division Head (Interim)

The Division of Infectious Diseases is a research-intensive division with a strong training program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. The Division strives to deliver the best clinical care in a setting of inquiry and discovery, and to be the best of its kind in Canada. Each clinical member of the Division endeavours to excel in clinical care, research and teaching. The Division is composed of infectious diseases consultants, clinician investigators and full-time scientists who advance the clinical research conducted by the team. The Division is proud of its fully accredited training program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases, approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and trains many graduate students and post-doctoral scientists who seek a career in this field.

Graduates of the Royal College accredited program have gone on to assume leadership positions in Pediatric Infectious Diseases in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia/New Zealand. Clinical programs include Infectious Diseases and Immunology consult services, the Oak Tree Clinic for HIV infected children and mothers and infection control. Learn More

 

The Division of Infectious Diseases continues to be a highly research-intensive group and is proud of its multiple publications and presentations, and of a research reputation with national and international recognition.

Research activities are well established and funded by national granting agencies, including the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, National Institutes of Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Health and Welfare Canada, Genome Canada, The Burroughs Wellcome Fund, The Canada Foundation for Innovation, and the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Research opportunities exist within the Vaccine Evaluation Centre and the Centre for Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases, Child and Family Research Institute. Particular areas of research strength in the Division are in microbial pathogenesis, host defense against bacterial infection, viral infections in infancy, inflammation in infants and children and a wide range of vaccine-related issues. Funding for research training is available locally and from both federal and private funding agencies.

The Vaccine Evaluation Centre (VEC), under the direction of Dr. Sadarangani and with the active involvement of Drs. Scheifele, Dobson, Kollmann, Gantt, and Bettinger, continues to make important advances in vaccine research. A number of major initiatives were embarked upon recently including the creation of a national group, the Canadian Association for Immunization Research and Evaluation (CAIRE), under the direction of Dr. Scheifele. The VEC was recently awarded a large infrastructure grant from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Clinical research programs in HIV/AIDS have been developed for pilot and multicentre studies for women and children with funding from several sources, including CIHR, the Vancouver Foundation and CANFAR.

Fellowship Information

The Infectious Diseases fellowship is a 3+ year program offering training in clinical and research skills for physicians pursuing an academic career in infectious diseases. The program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. A busy consultation service sees approximately 300 inpatients and 150 outpatients per year. Appropriate training opportunities exist in HIV infection, clinical microbiology, pediatric virology and infection control. The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Program is integrated with the Infectious Diseases Training Program in the Department of Medicine, with joint weekly clinical conferences and opportunities for cross-rotations for supplemental experience in STD and travelers clinics.

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Members of the Division deliver a variety of programs for the treatment of children and youth with infectious and immunological diseases. The following services are provided with 24/7 coverage:

Infectious Diseases consultation service: in-patient and out-patient;

Oak Tree Clinic: a unique facility in Canada providing care to women, pregnant women and children with HIV-AIDS; and Infection Control Service: of which Dr. Dobson is one of four physician members providing service to Children's Hospital.

These clinical activities continue to expand, given the increasing complexity of infectious complications in immunocompromised children, the emergence of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs", the spread of infections within the hospital, and the risks of, and preparedness for, bioterrorism. Antimicrobial Stewardship is a key activity for the division. A team of physicians, pharmacists and analysts work collaboratively with specialties and pediatric subspecialties to ensure that antimicrobials are used appropriately and safely.

Division members have been instrumental in developing quality of care indicators related to infection control, hospital-acquired blood stream infections, and venous access devices, along with site-wide approaches to the use of tablet devices for the input of clinical information. With the high profile and topicality of the medical issues within this Division, advice is increasingly sought locally, nationally and internationally.

Faculty:
Dr. Tobias Kollman, Division Head (Interim)
Dr. Ashley Roberts, Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Ariane Alimenti
Dr. Julie Bettinger
Dr. Soren Gantt
Dr. David Goldberg
Dr. Tobias Kollmann
Dr. Manish Sadarangani
Dr. Laura Sauvé
Dr. David Scheifele
Dr. David Speert

Fellows:
Dr. Bahaa Abu Raya
Dr. Oran Goshen

Subspecialty Resident:
Dr. Khalid Alothman
Dr. Raidan Alyazidi
Dr. Hana Mijovic

Staff:
Carolyn Smith, Administrative Assistant
Jennifer Vanderlei, Clinic Coordinator
Myomi Chu, Education Program Assistant