Pediatrics

Infectious Diseases

What is Pediatric Infectious Diseases?

This specialty involves seeing children who have infections that are difficult to diagnose, difficult to treat, or keep recurring.


Unique Highlights

The Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases provides inpatient consultation and outpatient multidisciplinary care to children who require specialized pediatric services at the Stollery Children’s Hospital. These children are primarily from northern Alberta and the western Canadian Arctic but children requiring heart surgery or a solid organ transplant from the other western provinces are also admitted to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

Expertise in infectious diseases is essential in the management of many children in the community who are seriously ill, have unusual infections, have acquired infections while outside of Canada, either as travelers or new immigrants, or have other diseases that put them at increased risk of infection.

The division works closely with all divisions of the Stollery Children’s Hospital at all of its geographic sites including the Pediatric and Neonatal ICUs, Emergency, Cardiac, Surgical, Oncology and General Pediatric wards. As well, a timely outpatient referral service is available for both in person consultation or by telephone for physicians in the referral area.


Research

All divisional members are involved in research. Primary focuses include:

  • medical education
  • infection control
  • global health with a focus on malaria and pneumonia
  • virology
  • respiratory syncytial virus
  • bacteremia
  • vaccine preventable infections
  • vaccine adverse events
  • transplant infections
  • congenital infections

Education

The division provides training for subspecialty residents in infectious diseases, pediatric residents, and medical students. Dr. Sarah Forgie is the course co-ordinator for the seven-week Infection, Immunity & Inflammation course for first year medical students.


Clinical Care

Our division sees primarily inpatients with suspected or proven infections, many of whom have had transplants or have congenital heart disease. We direct Infection Control Services at the Stollery Children's Hospital. We also run outpatient clinics for children exposed to or infected with human immunodeficiency virus and for children referred by general pediatricians or family physicians with a wide variety of possible or proven infections.