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Pediatric Infectious Disease

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 Pediatric Infectious Disease, Akron
214 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44302
Fax: 330-543-3257
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Shankar Upadhyayula
Shankar Upadhyayula, MD

Director, Pediatric Infectious Disease; Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist

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John Bower, MD

Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist


Scott Pangonis, MD, MS, FAAP

Associate Director, Infection Control; Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician


Eric Robinette, MD, MPH

Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician; EPIC Medical Director; Director, Clinical Informatics, User Satisfaction


What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.

Some of the Conditions We Treat...

meningitis, pneumonia, bone and joint infections, kawasaki disease, immunocompromise, neonatal infection, Adenovirus, Anthrax, Avian Flu, Bronchiolitis, Campylobacter Infections, Chickenpox, Croup, E. Coli Infections, Fever, Flu, Fungal Infections, Giardiasis, H1N1 Flu, Hand-Foot-Mouth Disease, Hepatitis, Infectious Diarrhea, Hepatitis, Malaria, Mononucleosis, Pericarditis, Pinkeye, Respiratory Syncytial Virus, Rotavirus, Salmonella Infections, Scabies, Shigella Infections, Smallpox, Strep Throat, Tetanus, Toxocariasis, Toxoplasmosis, Tuberculosis, Whooping Cough