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.

Nationally-Ranked Care

Lurie Children’s continues to be the #1 children's hospital in Illinois and is ranked in 9 specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

Infectious Disease Treatment Progr​ams

The Division of Infectious Diseases has several multidisciplinary programs to care for children with a variety of infectious diseases, including: 

Pediatric Infectious Diseases We Treat

​Our pediatric specialists treat children for various infectious diseases, both common and rare, including:

Multidrug Resistant Infections
Non-tuberculous and Tuberculous Mycobacterial Infections
Opportunitist Infections in the Immune-Compromised Child and Young Adult
Periodic Fevers
Recurrent Clostridium Difficile
Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Septic Arthritis
Viruses, Bacteria & Parasites


Our Pediatric Infectious Disease Specia​lists

Ravi Jhaveri, MD

Division Head, Infectious Disease; Virginia H. Rogers Professor in Infectious Diseases

Ellen G. Chadwick, MD

Director, Section of Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV Infection; Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases

Lisa N. Akhtar, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease; Bernard L. Mirkin, PhD, MD Research Scholar

Mehreen Arshad, MD, MBBS

Mehreen Arshad, MD, MBBS

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Sahera Dirajlal-Fargo, DO

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Bessey E. Geevarghese, DO

Bessey E. Geevarghese, DO

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Taylor A. Heald-Sargent, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Jennifer Jao, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease; Susan B. DePree Founders' Board Professorship in Pediatric, Adolescent and Maternal HIV Infection

Ben Z. Katz, MD

Ben Z. Katz, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease, Medical Director, Travel Immunization Clinic; Co-Medical Director, Adoption Clinic

Larry K. Kociolek, MD, MSCI

Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases; Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Control; Irene Heinz Given and John La Porte Given Professorship in Pediatrics

Caitlin Li, MD, MHQS

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Lisa E. Mash, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, The Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Leena B. Mithal, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases

William J. Muller, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases; Ted Emerson Miller Research Scholar

David C. Nguyen, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Sameer J. Patel, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Ayelet Rosenthal, MD, MS

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Anne H. Rowley, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases; Dorothy M. and Edward E. Burwell Board Designated Professorship in Immunobiology

Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD

Patrick C. Seed, MD, PhD, FIDSA

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease; Children’s Research Fund Chair in Basic Science

Tina Q. Tan, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases; Medical Director, Adoption Clinic; Medical Director, International Patient Services Program; Co-Medical director, Travel Immunization Clinic

Stephanie Olufunmilola Fabiyi, APRN-NP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Infectious Disease

Kathleen Murtagh, APRN-NP

Family Nurse Practitioner, Infectious Disease

Karen Sheriff, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Infectious Disease

Jacqueline Toia, APRN-NP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Infectious Diseases

Meghan E. Vertovec, APRN-NP, FNP-BC

Family Nurse Practitioner, Infectious Diseases

Tresa E. Zielinski, DNP, RN, APRN-NP, CPNP-PC

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Infectious Diseases

Marielle J. Fricchione, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Latania K. Logan, MD, MS

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Colleen B. Nash, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Temitope O. Oyedele, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Julie D. Wohrley, MD

Attending Physician, Infectious Disease

Make an Appointment

We offer several scheduling options for your child's care needs. 

Our Locations

Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393

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Lurie Children's at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital Pediatric Outpatient Center

25 N. Winfield Road
East Entrance
Winfield, Illinois 60190

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Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Training & Education

We partner with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine​ to train tomorrow’s leading pediatric physicians. Review the Feinberg School’s information to learn how to apply to the Division of Infectious Diseases fellowship.

Infectious Diseases News & Stories

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Measles in Kids: Symptoms & Prevention

The recent measles outbreak has many parents and caregivers concerned. Our experts share what you need to know about measles in kids.

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Chickenpox Causes and Treatment

Could itchy red bumps on your child’s skin be chickenpox? Our pediatric expert explains everything you need to know.

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Very Early Treatment of Newborns with HIV Could Result in Medication-Free Remission for Many Babies

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What Parents Should Know About RSV Prevention for Infants

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) is a common and potentially dangerous virus that affects almost all infants and young children before the age of two. Now, there is a single-dose immunization that helps in the fight against RSV for infants younger than 19 months of age: Nirsevimab.

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Your support is vital 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 e-mail the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at or call 312.227.7500.