Treatment Programs


Pediatric Infectious Disease / Immunodeficiencies

MassGeneral Hospital for Children pediatric infectious disease specialists diagnose and treat the full range of infectious diseases and congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies in infants, children and adolescents.

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MassGeneral Hospital for Children pediatric infectious disease specialists diagnose and treat the full range of infectious diseases and congenital and acquired immunodeficiencies in infants, children and adolescents, and provide consultation to health care professionals dealing with complex cases. The Pediatric Infectious Disease staff also assists the Infection Control Unit to optimize infection control procedures for pediatric patients.

A Comprehensive Range of Services

Our staff comprises pediatric specialists board-certified in infectious disease and pediatrics or internal medicine who have extensive experience treating a broad range of acquired and congenital conditions including:

  • Chronic infections
  • Recurrent infections
  • Diagnostic puzzles
  • Unusual bacterial, fungal or viral infections
  • Lyme disease
  • Chronic, recurrent or unexplained fevers
  • Pediatric HIV
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis follow up for hospital inpatients

Inpatient Services

Clinical care is offered to patients hospitalized in a variety of settings at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Shriners Hospitals for Children- Boston, and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Many of these patients are critically ill with complex multi-system disorders.

Outpatient Services

We provide outpatient consultative services in pediatric infectious disease and congenital and acquired immunodeficiency to children in Eastern Massachusetts and the New England region. In addition, we offer transitional follow-up care to recently discharged inpatients to optimize post-discharge care.

A Tradition of Caring

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, we know that the time of your child’s diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Continuing Medical Education

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Unit staff plays an integral role in the educational mission of MassGeneral Hospital for Children, with active participation in formal didactic and clinical resident education, as well as department-wide teaching activities such as Grand Rounds and continuing medical educational programs.

Measles Q&A with Mark Pasternack, MD

Mark Steven Pasternack, MD, unit chief of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Pediatric Infectious Disease Program, answers common questions about measles and the current situation.

Lyme Disease: Q&A with Dr. Mark Pasternack

Mark Pasternack, MD, Chief of Pediatric Infectious Disease at MassGeneral Hospital for Children, answers parents' questions about how to protect kids from Lyme disease and what to do if a child is bitten by a tick.

How to Prepare for the Upcoming Flu Season

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Jason Harris, MD, answers questions about the 2012-2013 flu season and how you can protect your family against the flu.

MGHfC Infectious Disease Immunodeficiencies

MGH Professional Office Building
275 Cambridge Street
Suite 101
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-724-8990
Fax: 617-643-0395

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.

Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.

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Team approach

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children, members of the patient’s care team work together to provide coordinated, multidisciplinary treatment.


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