Children's Hospital Colorado

Pediatric Infectious Disease Care

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The Infectious Disease (ID) Program at Children's Hospital Colorado provides a breadth of expertise ranging from laboratory-based research to the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases, including neonatal infections, serious infections in children such as pneumonia, meningitis, bone and joint infections, Kawasaki disease, infections in immunocompromised hosts, and pediatric and adolescent HIV infections. Our Program advocates an emphasis on vaccine-preventable diseases through immunizations.

Why choose Children's Hospital Colorado for infectious disease care?

Many infectious diseases can be treated by pediatricians, but when unique or different symptoms are present, it's important to see a pediatric specialist. At Children's Colorado, our pediatric Infectious Disease team only treats children. We understand that children have special needs.

Our team is leading research and clinical trials in fungal, bacterial and viral pathogenesis, and our doctors have been recognized for medical breakthroughs, including the discovery of toxic shock syndrome (TSS). Infectious Disease team members have received awards and national recognition in the areas of flu, viral infections, immunizations, Kawasaki disease, HIV and infectious disease management protocols.

Infectious Disease services

As a trusted regional and community resource, the Infectious Disease program at Children's Colorado sees approximately 4,000 patients each year. Our outpatient team treats patients with recurrent fevers, unusual infections and individuals who have long term needs, while our inpatient team routinely consults on a serious infectious, such as pneumonia and meningitis.

We offer several clinical programs and specialties:

  • Infectious Disease Inpatient Consultation
    Our ID physicians see hospitalized children with serious infections and work with your doctor to diagnose and treat these infections, including pneumonia, meningitis, bone and joint infections, prolonged fevers, Kawasaki Disease and other infections.

  • Infectious Diseases Outpatient Clinic 
    The Outpatient Clinic focuses on diagnosing and treating infections. Our Infectious Disease department provides inpatient consultation for children with unusual or severe infections, as well as assistance with infection control issues and management of infectious diseases.

  • CHIP Program 
    Children's Colorado Immunodeficiency Program (CHIP) is a nationally funded resource for infants, children, adolescents and pregnant women affected by HIV in the Rocky Mountain region. The clinic has a complete staff of doctors, nurses, social workers, and peer counselors. Families are included in the care and management of the children. Learn more about the CHIP Program.

Additionally, our Infectious Disease Program oversees epidemiology at Children's Colorado at the community at large. This includes a hospital-wide effort to measure and improve quality of care through:

  • Infection control
  • Analysis of disease trends
  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Diagnostic test utilization
  • Pharmacoepidemiology
  • Microbial epidemiology
  • Disease prevention
  • Participation with Colorado Department of Health in tracking reportable diseases

Consult information for providers

As experts in the region, the ID consultation team receives approximately 4,000 inquiries each year for referrals, information and consults. Attendings and fellows are on call all day, every day for telephone consultations to physicians in the Rocky Mountain region. The team also supports the microbiology and virology laboratories, four transplant teams and hosts a weekly case management conference.

What you need to know about the coronavirus

To help inform you about the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) updates, experts from Children's Colorado have gathered information from local and national health authorities.

See our resources and updates

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Keeping you safe, wherever you are

We're here when you need us with the same safe, high-quality care we've always offered, even during the pandemic. Now, in many cases, you can get that care without even leaving home because we offer virtual visits across every one of our specialties.

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Get to know our pediatric experts.

Chris Nyquist, MD, MSPH

Chris Nyquist, MD, MSPH

Infectious Disease - Pediatric, Pediatrics

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Elizabeth McFarland, MD

Elizabeth McFarland, MD

Infectious Disease - Pediatric, Pediatrics

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Edwin Asturias, MD

Edwin Asturias, MD

Infectious Disease - Pediatric

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Maria Rios, NP-C, MSN

Maria Rios, NP-C, MSN

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Children's Colorado in the news

  • NPR
    Kids, teens and COVID-19 vaccines
    May 12, 2021

    Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine is now recommended for adolescents and teens 12 and older. Listen to an in-depth conversation with Dr. Sean O'Leary about results of the clinical trials – and learn why parents don't need to wait to protect eligible kids.

  • TIME
    Coronavirus risks for preterm babies
    February 25, 2021

    Are children who were born prematurely at higher risk from COVID-19? That's what a mom of a now-almost-2-year-old asked in TIME's advice column. Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. Samuel Dominguez shares what we know.

  • The New York Times
    Getting your child tested
    January 13, 2021

    If you or your child are nervous about receiving a COVID-19 test, there are many resources you can use to calm any anxiety. Dr. Sean O'Leary spoke with the New York Times about what to consider when finding a place to get your kid tested.