Hartford, Connecticut (PRWEB) October 18, 2013
Juan C. Salazar, MD, MPH, Professor of Pediatrics and Immunology and Director of the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Connecticut Children’s, has been named Physician-in-Chief at the Medical Center and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine.
In addition to serving in these roles on an interim basis since January, Dr. Salazar has led our Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases since 2008 and has been nationally and internationally recognized for both his outstanding clinical care and his innovative research work. Dr. Salazar is NIH-funded to study the human innate immune response to Borrelia burgdorferi and Treponema pallidum, the causative agents of Lyme disease and syphilis respectively.
Dr. Salazar also directs the Pediatric and Youth HIV program at the Medical Center. His team has promoted and facilitated regional STD and HIV-prevention programs for at-risk high school youth. Dr. Salazar is the current recipient of Ryan White Care Act federal funding to coordinate and provide statewide HIV treatment and prevention services for women, infants, children and youth. He has conducted several NIH and pharmaceutical industry sponsored pediatric and adolescent HIV clinical trials and long-term follow-up studies.
He received his medical degree from the Universidad Javeriana, in Bogota, Colombia, and his MPH from the University of Minnesota respectively. Prior to joining Connecticut Children’s, he completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut Health Center, where he also served as Chief Resident, and a post-doctoral fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Minnesota.
While holding these new roles, Dr. Salazar will continue with his current clinical duties at the Medical Center and his translational research program at the University of Connecticut Health Center.
About Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center is a nationally recognized, 187-bed not-for-profit children’s hospital serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. Named among the best in the nation for several of its pediatric specialties in the annual U.S. News & World Report “Best Children’s Hospitals” rankings, Connecticut Children’s is the only free-standing children’s hospital in Connecticut that offers comprehensive, world-class health care to children. Our pediatric services are available at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford and at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Waterbury, with neonatal intensive care units at Hartford Hospital and the University of Connecticut Health Center, along with five specialty care centers and 10 other locations across the state. Connecticut Children’s has a medical staff of nearly 1,100 practicing in more than 30 specialties.