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Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Specialists trained in pediatric infectious diseases diagnose and treat diseases caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Our highly skilled experts also work to prevent infections in high risk patients, and engage in research of infectious diseases with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Our physicians are consulted for recurring, persistent, rare or complex infections, and care for children from birth through 23 years of age (college students). We also see pediatric patients who are hospitalized with infections. Our clinical expertise includes:

Diagnosis and management of infections, such as 

  • Bloodstream and intra-vascular device infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • HIV/AIDS
  • HSV infections
  • Infections in immunocompromised patients
  • Infections in newborn period to include congenital infections
  • Lyme disease
  • Meningitis
  • Recurrent or prolonged fever
  • Respiratory syncytial virus (including prophylaxis for high risk populations)
  • Skin and soft tissue infections to include MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus)
  • Tropical diseases such as dengue, zika, malaria and other parasites
  • Tuberculosis

Outpatient continuity of hospital (inpatient) care (from WRNMMC and other hospitals)

  • Follow-up care of recent infection, including monitoring labs
  • Outpatient IV antibiotic therapy
  • Management of complicated infectious diseases requiring multidisciplinary care

Consultation

  • Travel medicine (includes vaccinations and/or medications related to travel)
  • International adoption, including screening for infections and reviewing of vaccines 
  • Prevention of infection in high risk populations

Telemedicine opportunities

  • Latent tuberculosis directly observed therapy (DOT)
  • Follow-up after initial appointment – will depend on clinical situation
  • Travel medicine

We believe that the more you know about your child's illness, the better you'll be able to provide care. Please bring your child’s updated immunization record and any outside medical records to your child’s appointment.
 

Traveling Overseas?  

Whether you’re going on vacation, PCS, or visiting friends and relatives, let us help make your trip a healthy and safe one! We provide travel-related vaccines, malaria prophylaxis, traveler’s diarrhea treatment, and travel counseling. However, we do not complete clearance paperwork for OCONUS PCS – this should be completed by your child’s PCM.

Ask your child’s PCM for a referral to Peds ID for a travel medicine appointment. We can see your entire TRICARE-eligible family (including adults) in one visit!  We recommend scheduling 6-8 weeks prior to departure. We recommend a travel medicine appointment for all international travel except travel to Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Please click here to complete a pre-travel screening prior to your appointment.

Helpful Links:

Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV) Prophylaxis

CDC Travelers Health

Travel Forms:
Pre-travel Screening

Contact Us

Hours

Monday thru Friday 0730-1600

Telephone Number(s)

Main: (301) 295-4959
Appointments: (855) 227-6331
DSN: (312) 295-4959
Emergency/On-call paging: (301) 295-4611, Option #4, CDO Desk

Location

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Pediatric Subspecialty Clinic America Zone, Building 19, Floor 4
4954 North Palmer Road
Bethesda, MD 20889

Additional Information

Travel Clinic - IMPORTANT 
A consult (referral) from your TRICARE Primary Care Manager is required. Travel appointments are recommended for all international travel excluding Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. We recommend scheduling appointments for travel clinic 6-8 weeks before your departure date. Please complete the online pre-travel screening at here.
Telemedicine appointments are available for Travel Clinic and Pediatric Infectious Diseases Follow-up Appointments ONLY.

 
Don't forget to keep your family's information up-to-date in DEERS.