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The Division of Infectious Diseases specializes in the diagnosis, management and prevention of serious, complicated or unusual infections in children. Expert care is provided by the infectious disease specialists of Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego.

The Division is also an integral part of the teaching program for the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, training the best and brightest medical students, pediatric residents and pediatric infectious diseases fellows.

Our services include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient consultation
  • Specialized laboratory testing and interpretation of results
  • Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Clinic

Outpatient clinics are held twice weekly for new patient evaluations and follow-up visits of children previously seen at the Hospital or clinic. Physicians wishing to refer children with urgent or problematic infections may do so any day of the week.

The Division is a leader in basic science and clinical research, with a focus on new antibiotics, antifungal and antiviral therapy, and investigational treatment with immune modulators.

Video: Learn about our world-class program from Division Chief Dr. George Liu

Division Achievements:

  • John Bradley, M.D., received a promotion to Distinguished Professor in the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the highest rank conferred on the university’s faculty.
  • A group of Rady Children’s specialists and UC San Diego faculty, led by John Bradley, M.D., were awarded a $3 million grant to investigate how kids metabolize a sepsis-fighting antibiotic.
  • John Bradley, M.D., received the 2018 Inaugural Irvin B. Kaufman Lecturer Award for contributions to his field at the 2018 Advances in the Practice of Pediatrics Conference.
  • Mark Sawyer, M.D., testified before the U.S. Senate Health Committee on the 2015 measles outbreak.
  • John Bradley, M.D., division chief, received the 2014 Award for Lifetime Contribution in Infectious Disease Education from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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