Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program

The pediatric infectious diseases fellowship training program is jointly administered by the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The mission of the program is to prepare pediatricians for a successful career in academic medicine.

The program emphasizes training to make scholarly contributions to the field of infectious diseases as independent investigators in the clinical, translational or basic sciences or contribute to the improvement sciences, including antimicrobial stewardship, prevention, quality improvement and global/ public health. We offer exceptional opportunities for clinical and research training at both sites. In addition to robust clinical programs targeting traditional pediatric infectious diseases, we are national leaders in the care of immunocompromised patients and education related to this population. Fellows have the opportunity to pursue specialized career development pathways focusing on basic science, clinical/translational science, quality improvement and implementation science, including global health and medical education. Fellows rotate at Le Bonheur and St. Jude and provide consultative services to the Newborn Center at Regional One Health.

Over the course of the program, fellows spend a minimum of six weeks in HIV medicine and four weeks on the transplant service. Training is individualized and may include electives in antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, global health and other areas.

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Fellow Awards

  • Ruba Barbar – ID Week Trainee Award – 2019
  • Amanda Green – St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – PIDS Fellowship Award in Basic & Translational Science – 2019
  • Amanda Green – Le Bonheur Fellow Research Grant – 2018
  • Amanda Green - NIH Loan Repayment Program Grant - 2020, 2021

Research Interests

  • Infections in immunocompromised patients
  • Respiratory infections
  • Herpesvirus family immunomodulation
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Inflammatory and immune responses
  • Antibiotic stewardship
  • Vaccine development
  • HIV
  • Diagnostic test development

Program Staff: Infectious Diseases 

Program Director

Elisabeth Adderson, MD
Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty

Le Bonheur Site Director

Tim Minniear, MD, MsC
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Infectious Diseases

Fellowship Coordinator

Trachia Wilson