Established in 1973 by Dr. James Cherry, the UCLA Pediatric Infectious Diseases Division has a long and distinguished history of clinical, research, and educational excellence. More than 75% of fellows trained in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at UCLA have gone on to positions in academic medicine and government service in the USA and abroad.
Our program is designed to train academic physicians who are proficient in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of Pediatric Infectious Disease and who can scientifically compete in research. At the completion of this training program, the trainee will have the potential, abilities and expectation to thrive in an academic and/or tertiary care pediatric environment.
Training in the prevention and treatment of HIV infection in infants and children is the strength of our training program, based on research programs of several faculty members and our involvement with international HIV research networks.
Trainees in our program have many opportunities for basic research due to our affiliations with the Departments of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.
Our program offers significant opportunities for those interested in pursuing Global Health research. The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and our HIV program has long-term collaborations with various institutes in Brazil, Africa , Europe (Italy, Ireland) and Thailand for training, clinical trials and laboratory studies. We currently have an exchange program for Brazilian medical students with DGSO Medicine at UCLA. We also have a close working relationship with the Fielding School of Public Health where fellows have the opportunity to obtain their Master of Public Health (MPH) degree through the MPH for Health Professionals Program and through the K12 program for Master of Science. The Division also has ongoing collaborations with the UCLA Global Health Institute and the UC Center for World Health. We also offer short term training projects for medical students and select undergraduates.