Infectious diseases pose one of the most profound health and security challenges facing the global community. Our team strives to be leaders in this field, providing comprehensive pediatric infectious disease services at UF Health Medical Plaza (outpatient) and UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital (inpatient).
At these locations, we see children who range in age from birth to 21 with unusual presentations or complicated illnesses known or suspected to be caused by infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and infections associated with vector-borne illnesses. Our providers are committed to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of these transmissible or communicable diseases.
Common infectious diseases treated
- Fever of unknown origin
- Recurrent fever
- Recurrent infections
- Atypical mycobacterium
- Congenital infections (CMV, HSV, toxoplasmosis, rubella)
- Infections in immunocompromised patients
- EBV and CMV infections in transplant patients
- Vector-borne illnesses
- Bone infection
- Staph infection
- Viral infections (herpes, CMV, EBV, Parvo)
- Primary Lyme disease, but not chronic Lyme
- Post-viral fatigue syndrome, but not chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia
Fighting infectious diseases requires a well-coordinated effort, which is why our pediatric infectious disease providers work closely with other pediatric subspecialties in UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, community health care providers and agencies from North Central Florida to the Florida Panhandle.
Meanwhile, our pediatric HIV/AIDS program provides HIV care to infants, children and adolescents in North Central Florida and throughout Gainesville, and it holds satellite clinics in Tallahassee, Panama City, Daytona and Pensacola. Our team will provide perinatal consultation to HIV-positive pregnant women prior to delivery and regardless of age.
Our HIV team in Gainesville is a multidisciplinary team consisting of MDs, APRNs, Ryan White social workers, perinatal coordinators and psychology residents. We have access to nutrition/dietary, pharmacy and social work, as well as access to other pediatric specialties.