Aldrovandi, MD, CM, has been named the Chief of the Division of
Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, effective July
1. A board-certified pediatric infectious disease specialist, she has
over 20 years' experience caring for children with infectious diseases.
Aldrovandi has been an investigator at The Saban Research Institute of
Children's Hospital Los Angeles since 2003 and leads an internationally
recognized research program studying transmission of HIV in breast milk.
She is also a professor of Pediatrics, Pathology, and Molecular
Microbiology and Immunology at the Keck School of Medicine of the
University of Southern California.
Grace Aldrovandi, MD, CM (Photo: Business Wire)
The Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles
offers superior inpatient and outpatient care - consulting on more than
400 cases in California each year as well as serving over 1,000 patients
with complex bacterial, fungal and viral infections including toxic
shock syndrome, bone and joint infections, meningitis, encephalitis,
tuberculosis, viral infections, HIV, and infections that arise in
transplant and immunocompromised patients. Within the division, areas of
research include meningitis, Kawasaki's disease, mother to child
transmission of HIV, development of new antibacterial agents, and the
management of patients who have undergone bone marrow or organ
"We are fortunate to have a pediatric infectious disease expert of Dr.
Aldrovandi's stature within our institution. In this leadership role,
she will continue to advance the standard of excellence that has been
achieved in this division both in terms of clinical care and research,"
said Richard D. Cordova, FACHE, president and CEO of Children's
Hospital Los Angeles.
Aldrovandi has been involved in studies on breastfeeding and HIV
transmission for many year. Her research demonstrated that there was no
net benefit to early cessation of breastfeeding to prevent HIV
transmission to newborns. This research ultimately resulted in a change
in World Health Organization guidelines. She is part of a national
consortium that was recently awarded over $19 million from the NIH
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for studies that
will advance the prevention and treatment of HIV and its complications
for infants, children, adolescents, and pregnant/postpartum women
throughout the world.
"Dr. Aldrovandi is a world-class translational physician-scientist. Her
innovative research, far-reaching collaborations, and commitment to
education and mentoring position her to be a true resource for
physicians and scientists within our community as well as patients in
Los Angeles and beyond," said Brent Polk, MD, chair and
physician-in-chief at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and director of The
Saban Research Institute.
Dr. Aldrovandi has chaired national and international studies on HIV
pathogenesis within the International Maternal, Pediatric and Adolescent
AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT) and the Adolescent Trials Network
(ATN). Her lab is one of only three funded by IMPAACT Virology to
perform assays in support of its clinical trials and to develop novel
assays to probe pathogenesis within these trials.
Aldrovandi has published more than 100 peer-reviewed publications and
eight book chapters, and lectures internationally. She has been a member
of multiple NIH study sections and has served as a member of the AIDS
Immunology and Pathogenesis Study Section of the Center for Scientific
Review. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious Elizabeth Glaser
Scientist Award, given by the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Foundation, for her work on breast milk transmission of HIV-1.
Currently, she is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Committee on Pediatric AIDS and the Brighton Collaboration Vaccine
Safety Working Group. She has been the American Academy of Pediatrics
representative on the National Association of County and City Health
Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Smallpox
Aldrovandi received two bachelor's degrees and her medical degree from
McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She completed her internship and
residency at McGill, as well as a research fellowship in pediatric
infectious disease at the University of California, Los Angeles.
About Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Children's Hospital Los Angeles has been named the best children's
hospital on the West Coast and among the top five in the nation for
clinical excellence with its selection to the prestigious U.S. News &
World Report Honor Roll. Children's Hospital is home to The Saban
Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric
research facilities in the United States. Children's Hospital is also
one of America's premier teaching hospitals through its affiliation
since 1932 with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of
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