Infectious Diseases

Russ B. Van Dyke, MD

The Section of Infectious Diseases has a strong faculty with diverse clinical and research interests and substantial NIH funding.  It has a shared faculty with the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the Center for Infectious Diseases, which broadens the section and encourages collaborations.  The clinical infectious diseases service offers a rich clinical experience for resident and fellowship training. The fellowship is a joint program with the LSU School of Medicine and Children's Hospital of New Orleans, encompassing the major pediatric inpatient services in New Orleans and a diverse outpatient experience. The Section participates in the Department of Tropical Medicine, the Center for Infectious Diseases and the Center for Evidence Based Global Health providing ample opportunity for experience in international health and tropical medicine. 

Russell Van Dyke, MD
Dr. Van Dyke is Professor and head of the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.  His research interests include pediatric HIV, clinical virology and antiviral chemotherapy.  He directs the Tulane/LSU Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Unit which received its 16th year of NIH funding this year.  He is principal investigator of the Coordinating Center of the NIH-funded Pediatrics HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS), a multi-centered longitudinal cohort study of HIV-infected and HIV-exposed infants and children.  Dr. Van Dyke is also the site PI for the PHACS SMARTT study of safety in in utero exposure to antiretroviral agents. 

Richard Oberhelman, MD
Dr. Oberhelman is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Professor and Acting Chair, Department of Tropical Medicine, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  He has active NIH-funded clinical research programs in Peru focusing on enteric infections, pediatric tuberculosis, and malnutrition.  Current research projects involve new diagnostic methods for pediatric tuberculosis and clinical trials on probiotics for diarrheal diseases in Peruvian children.  He is also PI of the Tulane-Xavier Minority Health International Research Training grant, which places minority students from the two universities with short term international research projects in seven countries, under the direction of US mentors from Tulane and overseas faculty mentors.  Dr. Oberhelman is the Program Director of the MPH & TM degree program and the Diploma Course in Clinical Tropical Medicine.  He serves as advisor for doctoral students, MPH students, and medical students in the combined M.D./MPH & TM program. 

James Robinson, MD
Dr. Robinson is a Professor of Pediatrics.  He has an active NIH-funded laboratory program focusing on defining and characterizing  envelope glycoprotein epitopes of  HIV-1, HIV-2, SIV and dengue virus utilizing human and rhesus monoclonal  antibodies.   He has a program to develop an HIV vaccine.  Dr. Robinson is the Program Director of the Tulane / LSU Joint Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. 

Maggie Silio, MD
Dr. Silio is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics.  She is an active investigator within the Tulane/LSU Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and site PI of the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Initiative (PHACS) Adolescent Master Protocol. Dr. Silio is a member of a national TB consortium funded by the NIH to design, implement and evaluate programs to strengthen TB curriculum in US schools.  Her clinical interests include HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, tropical medicine, travel medicine, and immunizations.

John Schieffelin, MD
Dr. Schieffelin has a joint appointment in the Section of Infectious Diseases of both the Department of Pediatrics and the Department of Internal Medicine. His main research interest involves antigen-antibody interactions. Specifically, he is interested in the role human monoclonal antibodies play in secondary dengue virus infection and in antibody dependent enhancement of viral infections.

Patricia Sirois, PhD
Dr. Sirois is a licensed Developmental Psychologist and Research Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.  She is an active investigator in the PHACS, PACTG/IMPAACT, and ATN research networks studying pediatric HIV disease and co-investigator in a national study of infants born to mothers infected with West Nile Virus during pregnancy.  Her research interests include the influence of chronic illness on child development, medication adherence, and side effects of medications used to treat attention and behavior problems in children with HIV.  Her clinical interests include assessment and intervention for developmental, learning, social-emotional, and behavioral problems in infants, children, and adolescents.

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