Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Pediatric Infectious Disease, American Board of Pediatrics (2013)
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, Clinical Effectiveness (2013)
  • Board Certification, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, American Board of Pediatrics (2013)
  • Fellowship:Boston Children's Hospital (2013) MA
  • Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (2009)
  • Residency:Lucile Packard Children's Hospital (2009) CA
  • Medical Education:University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2006) TX


All Publications

  • Anchoring Bias as a Limiting Factor in High-Value Care: A Case of Fever of Unknown Origin in a Hospitalized Child. Hospital pediatrics Festa, N., Park, K. T., Schwenk, H. 2016; 6 (11): 699-701

    View details for PubMedID 27789539

  • Fever and Renal Failure in a Child With DiGeorge Syndrome and Tetralogy of Fallot. Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Itoh, M., Kann, D. C., Schwenk, H. T., Gans, H. A. 2015; 4 (4): 373-375

    View details for DOI 10.1093/jpids/piv029

    View details for PubMedID 26407263

  • Bordetella petrii Sinusitis in an Immunocompromised Adolescent. Pediatric infectious disease journal Nagata, J. M., Charville, G. W., Klotz, J. M., Wickremasinghe, W. R., Kann, D. C., Schwenk, H. T., Longhurst, C. A. 2015; 34 (4): 458-?

    View details for DOI 10.1097/INF.0000000000000564

    View details for PubMedID 25760569

  • Coping with College and Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Implications for Clinical Guidance and Support INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES Schwenk, H. T., Lightdale, J. R., Arnold, J. H., Goldmann, D. A., Weitzman, E. R. 2014; 20 (9): 1618-1627


    Studies have shown that young adults with chronic diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), experience greater difficulty during the transition to college, reaching lower levels of educational attainment and reporting greater levels of perceived stress than their otherwise-healthy peers. We performed a qualitative study to better understand how underlying illness shapes the college experience for patients with IBD and how the college experience, in turn, impacts disease management.Fifteen college students with IBD were recruited from the Boston Children's Hospital Center for IBD. We conducted an approximately 1 hour semistructured qualitative interview with each participant, and the interviews were thematically analyzed after an iterative and inductive process.Four primary themes were identified: (1) The transition experience of college students with IBD is shaped by their health status, perceived readiness, and preparedness, (2) Elements of the college environment pose specific challenges to young adults with IBD that require adaptive strategies, (3) College students with IBD integrate their underlying illness with their individual and social identity, and (4) College students navigate health management by conceptualizing themselves, their families, and providers as serving particular roles.For young adults with IBD, college is a proving ground for demonstrating self-care and disease management practices. Future initiatives aimed at this population should recognize the evolving roles of patients, parents, and providers in disease management. Increased attention should also be paid to the promotion of patient's self-management and the unique challenges of the structural and psychosocial college environment.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/MIB.0000000000000124

    View details for Web of Science ID 000341094600015

  • Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in pediatric patients: case report and literature review. Pediatric infectious disease journal Schwenk, H., Ramirez-Avila, L., Sheu, S., Wuthrich, C., Waugh, J., Was, A., DeGirolami, U., Burchett, S., Koralnik, I. J., Ahmed, A. 2014; 33 (4): e99-105


    Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system caused by JC virus. Fewer than 30 cases have been reported in HIV- and non-infected children. We report the case of a 15-year-old girl with progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy and AIDS who presented with nystagmus, dysarthria and ataxia. Following combined antiretroviral therapy, she developed immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome, which proved fatal.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/INF.0000000000000237

    View details for PubMedID 24632669

  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy in Pediatric Patients Case Report and Literature Review PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE JOURNAL Schwenk, H., Ramirez-Avila, L., Sheu, S., Wuthrich, C., Waugh, J., Was, A., DeGirolami, U., Burchett, S., Koralnik, I. J., Ahmed, A. 2014; 33 (4): E99-E105
  • Vancomycin Use for Pediatric Clostridium difficile Infection Is Increasing and Associated with Specific Patient Characteristics ANTIMICROBIAL AGENTS AND CHEMOTHERAPY Schwenk, H. T., Graham, D. A., Sharma, T. S., Sandora, T. J. 2013; 57 (9): 4307-4313