Infectious Diseases

Lurie Children's Division of Infectious Diseases offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services for children with a wide variety of infectious diseases, including many that are rarely seen in this country. Children throughout the nation are referred to our division for inpatient and outpatient evaluation and treatment.

Established in 1987, our Pediatric & Adolescent HIV/AIDS Program cares for more children and adolescents than any other pediatric HIV service provider in the region. Our Center for Kawasaki Disease has one of the largest and most active Kawasaki disease clinical and research programs in the U.S., having cared for more than 1,600 children.

Our specialists are board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. Every year, members of our division share their research findings and clinical expertise at courses, hospitals and symposia across the country and around the world. 

For physicians who want to specialize in pediatric infectious diseases, the division offers a fellowship program offering experiences in clinical training, teaching and research. Review our fellowship information to learn how to apply.


Our pediatric specialists treat children for various infectious dieseases, both common and rare. We also provide preventative travel immunizations. See a list of the conditions we treat.​ 

To provide multidisciplinary care, our team works closely with other Lurie Children’s specialists as needed, including collaborations with the Heart Center and the divisions of Pulmonary MedicineDermatology and Hematology/Oncology/Transplantation​.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online​.


Your support is important in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

The Common Cold or Whooping Cough?

In light of the recent outbreak of whooping cough in daycares, Lurie Children’s infectious disease specialist Larry Kociolek, MD, offers tips on how to recognize and prevent whooping cough in your children.

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​CME: Optimal Management of Streptococcal Pharyngitis in Children

Healthcare professionals interested in earning continuing medical education credit can take our course, "Optimal Management of Streptococcal Pharyngitis in Children." Participants will learn strategies to:

  • Discuss the appropriate use of antibiotics in treating pharyngitis in children
  • Differentiate bacterial and viral pharyngitis according to the latest evidence-based guidelines
  • Select an optimal antibiotic treatment for confirmed group A streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis