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Researcher doing lab workPediatric Infectious Diseases assists in the diagnosis and management of children with a variety of known or suspected infections as well as immune deficiencies. Children are commonly referred for outpatient evaluation of recurrent or prolonged infections, persistent fever, suspected immune deficiency, enlarged lymph nodes, pneumonia, and a wide range of childhood infections. We also treat and manage children with chronic infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B Virus, and Hepatitis C Virus. Our providers are also engaged in laboratory research of infectious disease mechanisms and development of vaccines to improve future options for prevention and treatment of children and adults.


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  • Zachary Willis, MD, MPH

    Willis Promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    Zachary Willis, MD, MPH was promoted to Associate Professor of Pediatrics effective May 1, 2023. Dr. Willis has been a faculty member in Pediatrics since 2016. Dr. Willis is a specialist in pediatric infectious disease with particular interest in studying antibacterial resistance and is the Director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program.

  • 2023 AOA Pediatrics Inductees

    Alpha Omega Alpha Inducts 3 from Pediatrics

    We are excited to congratulate Pediatrics department members recently inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA). Election to Alpha Omega Alpha signifies a lasting commitment to scholarship, leadership, professionalism, and service. Membership in the society confers recognition of someone’s dedication to the profession and art of healing. Many congratulations to Laura Rachal, MD, Alhaji Mohammed, MD, and Chris Okorieocha, MD.

  • 2023 Pediatric Sepsis Week

    Fifth Annual Pediatric Sepsis Week, April 16 – 22, 2023

    Join Sepsis Alliance for the fifth annual Pediatric Sepsis Week, April 16th to 22rd, to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms of sepsis in children, recognize the 75,000 children who develop sepsis each year in the U.S, and honor those who have passed. This annual observance will be held the third week of April.

  • Peyton Thompson, MD, MSCR and Kate Westmoreland, MD

    Thompson & Westmoreland Receive Caregiver @ Carolina Awards

    Peyton Thompson, MD, MSCR, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Infectious Diseases, and Kate Westmoreland, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the division of Hematology-Oncology, have both received 2023 Caregivers at Carolina Research Awards.