Infectious Disease Contact number | 202-476-5051

Our Division of Infectious Diseases is the major referral center for infectious disease in the Washington, DC, area, helping thousands of patients each year, and actively promoting prevention through community outreach and education.

The Importance of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention

Infectious diseases include any disease or illness caused by germs, such as bacteria and viruses. While you can take steps to prevent disease and infection through proper hygiene and other practices, children are often at an increased risk for certain conditions while their immune systems are still developing and simply because of exposure - kids being kids.

Because diagnosis and care for an infectious disease can be complex, it is important for your child to see a pediatric specialist who can accurately diagnose and treat your child's condition. Children's comprehensive services include care for children with infectious diseases and epidemiological tracking that, for contagious conditions, helps limit the spread of infection and prevent further outbreaks:


Many of the division's physicians - dually board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious disease - are involved in both teaching and research in infectious disease and epidemiology at Children's National and at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Public Health in Washington, DC. Several faculty members also participate in government committees to assist in the development of national infectious disease guidelines.

Emily's Story

Skin and Soft Tissue Infections Staph and MRSA

Patient story

"The social worker was great. She held a class for Emily and the other needle phobic kids on the floor. This class allowed the kids to place IV's in stuffed dolls and have some control over the care of someone else, even if it was just a doll."

Emily's Story

The Infectious Disease Team

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Children’s National provides a healthcare experience designed with kids in mind, and delivers confidence and assurance when parents need it most. We provide a wide range of clinical services and specialties dedicated to improving children’s health.

Contact Information

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Children’s National sees children from around the Washington, DC, metropolitan region, nation, and world who need the kind of specialized expertise and child-focused care we offer. No matter what your child needs, we can provide care that’s just right.

Meet the Team

Our providers represent medical and surgical specialties, family practice, and general pediatrics.

Related Departments

Pediatric specialists at Children’s National work closely to ensure an integrated approach to caring for each child and family.

Resources for Families

Children’s National offers resources for families to help answer questions and ease their experience.