Infectious Diseases


Rady Children's Specialists of San Diego

Medical Group / IPA


Medical School

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences


Naval Medical Center San Diego


Naval Medical Center San Diego


UC San Diego

Board Certifications

Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics




Dr. John Arnold is a pediatric infectious diseases physician at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and a associate professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Arnold graduated magna cum laude from the University of Redlands (Redlands, Calif), where he played basketball and received recognition as NCAA Division III, West Coast Academic All-American (Honorable Mention). He was commissioned in the U.S. Navy at the rank of ensign and earned his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. Dr. Arnold then completed his pediatric residency training at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego, followed by a pediatric infectious diseases fellowship at Rady Children's Hospital. He then returned to NMCSD, where he was a staff physician in pediatric hospital medicine and pediatric infectious diseases.

Dr. Arnold's research background is very diverse. During his fellowship, he specialized in molecular diagnostics of respiratory viruses, publishing several manuscripts in that field. As a junior staff at NMCSD, he worked "on the bench" in collaboration with the Naval Health Research Center performing traditional virology cell cultures and serologic assays and publishing several articles on adenovirus serotype 36, which is associated with obesity. Subsequently, he was appointed as the study's principal investigator of a five-site Department of Defense study on influenza and influenza-like-illness, which has generated a number of manuscripts as well.

Among Dr. Arnold's leadership experiences, he served as chair of the research institutional review board at NMCSD, which has oversight of over 250 studies being conducted in all naval hospitals throughout the Pacific Rim, along with serving as associate program director for pediatrics at NMCSD at that same time. He was then appointed as chair of the department of pediatrics for three years and was responsible for the delivery of care at a busy clinic, NICU, PICU and inpatient ward. Finally, he was selected by the surgeon general of the Navy to serve as consultant to the Navy surgeon general for pediatrics, during which time he was responsible for the professional development and duty station assignment of 120 navy pediatricians, as well as management and recommendations on policy and delivery of pediatric care at 16 naval hospitals (including three medical center/residency training programs).

Retiring from the Navy after 27 years, Dr. Arnold brings his wide-reaching clinical, research and leadership experiences to Rady Children's.


Comparison of fluconazole and nystatin oral suspensions for treatment of oral candidiasis in infants
Alan G, Ascher D, Waecker W, Arnold J, Moorfield E

Head and neck manifestations of disseminated coccidioidomycosis
Arnold MG, Arnold JC, Bloom DC, Brewster DF, Thiringer JK

West Nile virus encephalitis with thalamic involvement in an immunocompromised child
Arnold JC, Revivo GA, Senac MO, Leake JA

Human bocavirus: prevalence and clinical spectrum at a children's hospital
Arnold JC, Singh KK, Spector SA, Sawyer MH

Undiagnosed respiratory viruses in children
Arnold JC, Singh KK, Spector SA, Sawyer MH

Polymicrobial bloodstream infection in pediatric patients: risk factors, microbiology, and antimicrobial management
Sutter, D, Stagliano, D, Braun, L, Williams F, Arnold, J, Ottolini, M, Epstein J

Human metapneumovirus and human boca�virus in children
Milder E, Arnold J

Myocardial inflammation, cellular death, and viral detection in sudden infant death caused by SIDS, suffocation, or myocarditis
Henry F. Krous, Christine Ferandos, Homeyra Masoumi, John Arnold, Elisabeth A. Haas, Christina, Stanley, Paul D. Grossfeld

Clinical and epidemiologic characteristics of an outbreak of novel H1N1 (swine origin) influenza A virus among United States military beneficiaries
Crum-Cianflone NF, Blair P, Faix D, Arnold J, Echols S, Sherman S, Tueller J, Warkentien T, Sanguineti G, Bavaro M, Hale B

Human metapneumovirus associated with central nervous system infection in children
Arnold JC, Singh KK, Milder E, Spector SA, Sawyer MH, Gavali S, Glaser C

Infant botulism mimicking Hirschprung's disease
O'Reilly EB, Montenegro B, Arnold J, Tomita S

Genomic characterization of human adenovirus 36, a putative obesity agent
Arnold J, Janoska M, Kajon AE, Metzgar D, Hudson NR, Torres S

Transfusion-related transmission of yellow fever vaccine virus--California, 2009
Lederman E, Warkentien T, Bavaro M, Arnold J, DeRienzo D, Staples J

North American dimorphic fungal infections in children
Montenegro B and Arnold JC

Adenovirus 36 and obesity in children and adolescents
Gabbert C, Donohue M, Arnold J, Schwimmer JB

Using the whole-genome sequence to characterize and name human adenoviruses
Seto D, Chodosh J, Brister J, Jones M. Members of the Adenovirus Research Community

Acute bacterial osteoarticular infections: eight-year analysis of C-reactive protein for oral step-down therapy
Arnold J, Cannavino C, Ross M, Westley B, Miller T, Riffenburgh R, Bradley J

Comparative analysis of hemagglutination inhibition titers generated using temporally matched serum and plasma samples
Defang G, Martin N. Burgess T, Millar E, Pecenka L, Danko J, Arnold J, Kochel T, Luke T

Haemophilus influenzae type B in an immunocompetent, fully vaccinated ALL survivor
Nevin J, Washko K, Arnold J

Epidemiologic, clinical, and virologic characteristics of human rhinovirus infection among otherwise healthy children and adults: rhinovirus among adults and children
Chen W, Arnold J, Fairchok M, Danaher P, McDonough E, Blair P, Garcia J, Halsey E, Schofield C, Ottolini M, Mor D, Ridore M, Burgess T, Millar E

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