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Pediatric Infectious Disease

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We specialize in diseases and syndromes that attack or compromise the immune system of infants, children and teens, including persistent infections that don't respond to conventional antibiotic treatments. We also consult on patients with complex, undiagnosed diseases and fevers of unknown origin, and conduct research into new methods and treatments of infectious diseases.

Only one focus: kids.

If your child has a recurring or persistent disease caused by an infectious agent such as bacteria, a fungus, a parasite or other rare infection, we have the experience and qualifications to help your pediatrician diagnose and treat your child. 

Diagnosis begins with a detailed review of your child's medical and family history and a thorough physical exam. Lab tests and imaging techniques may also be necessary.

Among the common infectious diseases we diagnose and treat are neonatal infections, pneumonia, meningitis, bone and joint infections, Kawasaki disease and HIV infections.

We also pursue new methods and medicines for the treatment of infectious diseases. We have participated in a number of vaccine trials, including chickenpox, pertussis and meningococcal meningitis, to test their safety and effectiveness before they are recommended for FDA approval.

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Infectious Disease
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Locust Professional Building
300 Locust St.
Suite 260
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-3257
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Our Doctors/Providers

Blaise Congeni
Blaise Congeni, MD

Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease; Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

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John Bower
John Bower, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

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Eric Robinette
Eric Robinette, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician; EPIC Medical Director; Physician Informaticist

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Shankar Upadhyayula
Shankar Upadhyayula, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

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Open Clinical Studies

Innovative Management Strategies for Pediatric Pneumonia in Ohio -- CHIRP

Worldwide, pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under five years of age. Akron Children's Hospital is one of six pediatric hospitals in Ohio, all members of the Ohio Children's Hospitals Association and the Children's Hospitals' Initiative for Research in Pneumonia (CHIRP), collaborating in a clinical research project with the ultimate goal of developing evidence-based, innovative management strategies for children with pneumonia.

In this trial we will observe how the body responds to an infection like pneumonia. The information we gather will help in the development of new ways of diagnosing and treating pneumonia.

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Currently recruiting