Pediatric Sub-specialty Fellowship Programs (PID)

Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Fellowship Program


Tulane/LSU Joint Fellowship Training Program in Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Ours is a joint program of the Tulane University and the LSU Schools of Medicine, combining the clinical resources, teaching programs, and laboratory facilities of both institutions.  We have collaborative research activities and an integrated teaching program.  This unique affiliation of two regional medical centers represents a major strength of our program. We provide clinical services at four major hospitals in New Orleans: Tulane University Hospital, Tulane Lakeside Hospital, Children's Hospital of New Orleans, and the Medical Center of Louisiana at New Orleans (MCLNO) University Hospital.  These four hospitals provide the training program with a unique balance of general pediatric patients and subspecialty patients.

Children's Hospital of New Orleans is the main pediatric facility for LSU. It has 210 beds, 25 PICU, 15 CCU, 25 NICU, an active transplant program (solid organs and BMT), dialysis unit, heme-onc service, orthopedics service and rehabilitation unit. Patients are not admitted to ID service but to Gen Peds service so they are handled with the regular resident's team. LSU has a strong Peds and Med-Peds residency program.

Tulane Hospital for Children has a 17 bed pediatric ward and an 11 bed pediatric intensive care unit.  It has an active transplant program and cardiac surgery program.   The Tulane obstetrical service, well baby nursery, and a 20 bed neonatal intensive care unit are located at Tulane Lakeside Hospital.

Pediatric infectious diseases clinics are held several times a week at Children's Hospital and Tulane Hospital for Children.  Evaluation, management, and guidance are provided for infectious diseases as well as management of international travelers and internationally adopted children.  Pediatric HIV primary care and research clinics are held at Tulane Hospital, the HIV Outpatient Program of the Medical Center of Louisiana, and Children’s Hospital.  In addition, we hold a weekly pediatric tuberculosis clinic for the State of Louisiana.  Weekly teaching conferences include microbiology laboratory rounds, a combined research/pathophysiology journal club conference, a clinical pediatric infectious diseases conference, and a citywide infectious diseases conference involving all infectious disease specialists in the greater New Orleans area.

During the first year of training, fellows spend six to eight months on the clinical infectious diseases service under the direct supervision of the full-time faculty.  An additional one or two months is spent acquiring skills in clinical microbiology and virology in the Hospital diagnostic laboratories.  The remainder of the first year is devoted to an introduction to clinical and laboratory research in infectious diseases.  Fellows have the opportunity to work in the laboratories of the full-time members of the division.  In addition, opportunities for research include the laboratories of members of the Departments of Microbiology at Tulane and LSU, the LSU Research Institute for Children at Children’s Hospital, the Tulane School of Tropical Medicine and Public Health, and the Delta Regional Primate Center are available. Epidemiologic research opportunities exist through the LSU and Tulane Schools of Public health and the Adolescent School Based Clinics Program.  The Pediatric ID program is closely affiliated with the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and fellows have the opportunity to earn an MPH, MPH&TM, or Diploma in Clinical Tropical Medicine and Traveler's Health during their training.  Most of the time during the second and third years of fellowship is spent in pursuing individual clinical or laboratory research interests in preparation for a career as an independent investigator. A completed research project (either basic, translational, clinical or epidemiologic) is expected as part of the fellow’s training.

Pediatric Infectious Diseases Faculty 

Rodolfo Bégué, MD, is head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at LSU and director of Infection Control at Children’s Hospital.  His research interests expand from basic research (development of vaccines for rotavirus using viral-like particles, and vaccines for Helicobacter pylori using Ad5 system and others) to clinical research (the changing rotavirus clinical presentation with immunization, molecular epidemiology of emerging rotavirus strains, novel H1N1 in children) to epidemiology (attitudes to HIV prevention among adolescents in Louisiana).

Richard Oberhelman, MD,  (Tulane) has a joint appointment in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and the Department of Tropical Medicine of the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  He is interested in clinical investigations of the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and control of infectious diarrhea and tuberculosis in developed and developing countries.  Current research based in Peru and Kenya focuses on new diagnostic techniques for pediatric tuberculosis, using alternative clinical specimens and more sensitive and cost-effective culture techniques, and on Phases I and II clinical trials of probiotic agents for pediatric diarrhea.

James Robinson, MD,(Tulane) is Director of the combined fellowship program.  He has an active laboratory program focusing on defining and characterizing epitopes of HIV-1, HIV-2, and SIV, utilizing human and primate monoclonal antibodies. Currently he is working on other viruses, including Dengue and Lassa Fever.

John Schieffelin, MD,(Tulane) 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.

Margarita Silio, MD, MPH,  (Tulane) participates in the pediatric HIV research program, directs the Pediatric TB clinic, and teaches in the Department of Tropical Medicine.

Russell Van Dyke, MD,(Tulane) is Head of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Tulane and director of Infection Control at Tulane Hospital.  His research interests include pediatric HIV infections and antiviral chemotherapy.  He directs the Tulane/LSU Pediatrics AIDS Clinical Trials Unit and the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study.

Ronald Wilcox, MD, (LSU) has joint appointments with Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and the School of Public Health and directs the Delta Region AIDS Education and Training Center.  His primary areas of interest include adult and pediatric HIV as well as co-infection with the hepatitides.

Application Procedure

Applications can be lodged at any time of the year. If you are interested in applying to our program, please submit the application via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) system.  Fellowship applicants have to request an electronic token to access the ERAS system. Details are available at:

Or you can contact the Ms Mildred Freemon for details.

Department of Pediatrics, 1430 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5456