Pediatric Infectious Diseases

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases Service at the University of Michigan provides consultative and ongoing subspecialty care to children with a variety of infectious and immunological problems.

Clinical Care

John J. LiPuma, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

We provide clinical services important for the laboratory and radiographic evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and clinical management of children with infectious diseases.  Clinical services are provided to children with acute infections, chronic infections, recurrent infections, HIV-AIDS, and infectious complications of other medical problems or surgical interventions.

In addition, we provide clinical services necessary for the laboratory evaluation, diagnosis and management of children with abnormalities of the immune system or with fever of unknown origin. Furthermore, we offer consultation for questions concerning antimicrobial therapy (e.g. appropriate dosing and duration of treatment, side effects, and drug interactions), infection control, administration of immunizations, and the appropriate use and interpretation of clinical laboratory tests, such as bacterial, fungal, and viral culture, serologic tests, and rapid antigen or nucleic acid detection tests, to diagnose possible infectious processes.


The goal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases educational program is to provide outstanding clinical and research training experiences in all aspects of infectious diseases to medical students, pediatric residents, and infectious diseases fellows.

Under the supervision of Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty members, trainees care for children with a wide variety of both common and uncommon infections or abnormalities of the immune system. The educational program is closely integrated with the hospital microbiology laboratories, pediatric pharmacy, Internal Medicine Infectious Diseases service, and all general and subspecialties of pediatrics as well as all pediatric surgical specialties.


The Division directs research programs focused on antibiotic stewardship, hospital infection control, microbial mechanisms of infectious diseases, the human microbiome, and host defenses against infection.  These programs are funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other research granting agencies. Highlights of the projects include the role of Haemophilus influenzae in otitis media and in COPD, the human cellular responses to bacterial invasion, the interactions of Streptococcus pneumoniae with pharyngeal microbes, characterization of airway microbiota in cystic fibrosis, and mechanisms by which adenoviruses cause human disease. 

In the NEWS: 

May, 2014 Jason Weinberg was named Fellow of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

August, 2014 Jason Weinberg was named Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

October, 2014  Janet Gilsdorf gave the Kass Lecture at IDWeek

October, 2014  John LiPuma gave the plenary address at the annual North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference

November, 2014 John LiPuma was inducted into the League of Research Excellence of the University of Michigan

March, 2015 John LiPuma received an honorary Doctor of Philosophy degree from Ghent University in Ghent Belgium

May, 2015  Janet Gilsdorf begins her two year service as President of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society

May, 2015 Janet Gilsdorf received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Nebraska

July, 2015 Alison Tribble joined the Pediatric Infectious Diseases faculty

September, 2015  John LiPuma gave the Dr. Thomas Hazinski Lectureship at Vanderbilt University


Contact Phone Numbers

General Information: 734-763-2440
Fax: 734-232-3859

Mailing Address

Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
1500 East Medical Center Drive
D5101 Medical Professional Building SPC 5718
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5718