Pediatric Infectious Diseases & HIV

Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV has a distinguished history of providing high quality consultations for the pediatric community. In particular, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV is committed to basic research, care of immunocompromised patients and managing community outbreaks.

Under the leadership of Moshe Arditi, MD, Director, as well as Associate Director Deborah Lehman, MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV is expanding the scope of care provided to all its patients. Both are board certified in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases.


Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV offers the following services:

  • Assessing and managing congenital and perinatally acquired infections
  • Evaluating children with recurrent infections and managing children exposed to HIV and those living with AIDS
  • Treating complicated infections (osteomyelitis, endocarditis, severe pneumonia and empyema, as well as aggressive cellulitis and deep tissue infections)
  • Evaluating and treating children with prolonged fevers (FUO)
  • Treating infections with resistant organisms (community-acquired and hospital-acquired infections)
  • Treating local outbreaks of infectious diseases, such as hepatitis, tuberculosis and diarrheal diseases
  • Diagnosing and managing Kawasaki syndrome
  • Provides post-adoption screening

Ongoing Research

Currently, Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV has a National Institutes of Health-funded research laboratory. Research interests of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV staff include:

  • Pathogenesis of bacterial sepsis or shock, meningitis and central nervous system infections
  • Role of chlamydial infections in the development of atherosclerosis
  • Interactions of HIV with vascular endothelial cells
  • Genetic predisposition to infection
  • New antimicrobial trials

Physician Referral

The Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV staff works with the referring physician to determine the best course of treatment for patients with infectious diseases, providing results from their findings, as well as recommending diseases management and prevention strategies. When the patient is referred back to the primary care physician for continued management, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV physicians remain available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide post-treatment support.

For More Information

For more information on Pediatric Infectious Diseases and HIV or to make a referral, please contact:

Maxine Dunitz Children's Health Center
8700 Beverly Blvd., North Tower, Fourth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90048


Fax: 310-423-4131