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Infectious Diseases

About Us

The mission of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases is to provide care to children with suspected or known infections, to minimize the risk of serious pediatric infections, to serve as a resource to the medical community regarding best practices in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention, provide aid to the community and to treat infectious complications effectively when they occur. In addition, we strive to address important issues related to the prevention and treatment of infections in children.

Patient Care

Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford and Stanford University Hospital are physically contiguous. The vast majority of pediatric patient care occurs at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford. However, some of the pediatric infectious diseases support services are based at Stanford University Hospital.  

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In the News

Dr. Francesca Geertsma Named One of San Francisco Magazine's 2016 Top Doctors

Dr. Francesca Geertsma was selected by San Francisco Magazine as one of only two top pediatric infectious disease specialists in the Bay Area. Bay Area physicians were asked to nominate their peers for inclusion on the list that included nearly 1600 nominees in 62 different medical specialties.

Dr. Geertsma treats patients through the Stanford Children’s Health pediatric specialty center at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco.  


Yvonne Maldonado, MD

Dr. Yvonne Maldonado is a Professor of Pediatrics and Professor of Health Research and Policy and serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford University School of Medicine.  She has served as the Chief of the the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases since 2008. Her broad background in clinical and translational research includes teaching and implementation of infection control programs.  Dr. Maldonado's research activities have included studies of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and prevention of viral infections such as poliovirus, rotavirus, measles, mumps, rubella, and pediatric HIV infection. Her research is conducted internationally in Zimbabwe and Mexico, as well as in different locations in the United States.