About Us

The Section of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine diagnoses and treats children with a wide variety of infections. Baylor pediatricians specializing in infectious diseases see patients with conditions ranging from common diseases to more serious diseases at the three Texas Children's Hospital affiliated campuses.

Our faculty also conduct clinical and basic science research to better understand the pathophysiology of pediatric infectious diseases, evaluate new diagnostics/therapeutics, and to identify interventions not to prevent disease.

The post-graduate fellowship training program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Baylor is one component of the largest pediatric department in the United States. We sponsor a ACGME-certified fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and elective rotations for pediatric residents and medical students. 

Our History

The Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases was established in 1967 by Dr. Martha Yow. Her leadership and emphasis on patient care, teaching and research established the foundation for the nationally recognized section that exists today. In 1982, Dr. Carol J. Baker was the section chief through 2007, at which time Dr. Sheldon L. Kaplan became the section chief. 

Over the years, the program has developed into one that trains a large number of pediatric infectious diseases physicians and exemplifies a high standard of excellence in patient care, commitment to teaching, and hypothesis-driven research. Since 1978, more than 90 physicians have been trained in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Many former Baylor Pediatric Infectious Diseases fellows now hold academic positions in more than 25 institutions throughout the United States and several other countries.

Throughout the history of the section, and currently, faculty have served in leadership positions of pediatric and infectious diseases professional societies as well as in advisory positions for the American Academy of Pediatrics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Drug Administration.