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 like HIV/AIDS at Texas Children’s Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital.

Our faculty also conducts clinical and basic science research in its quest to not only manage but prevent disease.

The 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 Infectious Diseases and elective rotations.

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 became the section head, and in 2007, Dr. Sheldon L. Kaplan took on the role.

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 70 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.