Infectious Diseases

Philosophy and Goals

The objective of the training program is to provide an educational opportunity in which the trainee is afforded a comprehensive background in Pediatric Infectious Disease (ID), including training in both research and diagnostic skills. This includes a thorough hands-on experience in management of infectious disease as it relates to inpatients and outpatients, and development of excellence in basic and clinical research skills for future growth.

Patient Care

Each fellow is expected to be responsible for attending up to two pediatric infectious disease clinics per week. In addition, they must attend weekly Pediatric ID team meetings when on service. When on service, they are to be available 24 hours a day for emergency evaluations of patients requiring infectious disease consultations in the inpatient and outpatient service. In addition, the fellow will help provide primary care for HIV infected children and adolescents living in Suffolk County. The fellow must also attend one morning report per week.

Teaching and Preceptors

Each fellow is assigned a preceptor who is one of the division’s Board Certified Pediatric ID faculty. This preceptor oversees the clinical and research progress of the fellow. In addition, the fellow may choose a research advisor and investigator in an area relevant to their individualized research project from the broad life sciences base of the Stony Brook University campus and its graduate schools. The subspecialty residents attend, in conjunction with ID residents in the Department of Medicine, a structured curriculum of weekly lectures by Pediatric and Adult ID faculty. The topics cycle approximately every two years. Pediatric ID fellows are required to provide at least three lectures per year to the residents in the Department of Pediatrics. In addition, they are required to do either one Grand Rounds or research conference per year. All fellows should attend 3 out of 4 of the joint Pediatric and Adult ID Journal Clubs per month. On a daily basis, the fellows are also responsible for educating the House Staff and medical students on all inpatient admissions requiring ID input


The research activities of the Pediatric ID Division embrace the broad area of HIV related and non-related issues. Specific areas of interest are:

  • HIV activities: Evaluation of new therapies, opportunistic infection prophylaxis and therapy
  • Pharmacokinetic evaluation of new antibiotics
  • Lyme disease and other tick borne infections
  • New vaccines for pediatrics
  • Neglected tropical pathogens
  • TB

The fellow is encouraged to develop a project plan in collaboration with a faculty member for either basic or clinical research by the middle of the first year. Fellows who submit abstracts to national meetings that are accepted for presentation will have their travel expenses underwritten by the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases.

Seminar and Teaching Conferences

Participation in various teaching seminars is expected where appropriate. These include: Pediatric Grand Rounds (weekly), Pediatric Morning Report (four times per week), Joint Pediatric Adult Conference (weekly), Fellow's Education (weekly), Pediatric Journal Club (quarterly), L.I. Infectious Disease Society (bi-monthly), Medicine Grand Rounds (weekly), and Pediatric Noon Conference (weekly).

Faculty Biographies

Christy BeneriChristy Beneri, D.O., Fellowship Program Director, Associate Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital joined the faculty in 2008.  She received a B.S. from Binghamton University (SUNY Binghamton) in 1997, her D.O. Degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2001, completed her residency in Pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (NSLIJ) in 2004, followed by a chief residency year in 2005 and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at the same institution in 2008.  Dr. Beneri is board certified in general Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Pediatrics. She is the fellowship director for Pediatric Infectious Diseases. cv 

Dr. Beneri’s research interests include antimicrobial stewardship and standardized protocol development; lyme and tick-borne infections; tuberculosis drug and vaccine development and pediatric transplant ID.

Sharon NachmanSharon Nachman, M.D., Professor and Chief of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital joined the faculty in 1990.  She earned a B.S. from Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education in 1981 and her M.D. from Stony Brook University in 1983.  She completed a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at New York Medical College and a physician scientific training grant at Rockefeller University. Dr. Nachman is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics with subspecialty in Pediatric Infectious Disease. 

Dr. Nachman holds membership in the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and the Infectious Disease Society of America.  Dr. Nachman’s research interests Tuberculosis, HIV, Lyme disease and novel antibiotics.

Saul HymesSaul Hymes, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Stony Brook Children’s Hospital joined the faculty in 2012.  He received a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2002, his M.D. from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2006, completed his residency in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in 2009 and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian in 2012.  Dr. Hymes is board certified in general Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Pediatrics. 

Dr. Hymes’ research interests include antimicrobial stewardship and improving appropriate antimicrobial use especially in special populations (outpatient, hem-onc, NICU); lyme and tick-borne infections; and the use and role of social media and internet-based communications in healthcare and the practice of infectious disease care.

Applying to the Program 

Applications to the fellowship program are accepted ONLY through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).
Requirements include:

  1. Scheduled completion of a US-based ACGME accredited pediatric residency program
  2. US Citizen, permanent resident, or J-1 visa. Unfortunately we are unable to consider applicants with H-1 visas. For other types of visas, please contact us.
  3. Please include in your ERAS application three letters of recommendation including one from an attending physician in pediatric infectious diseases.

Graduates of medical schools in the United States and other countries who have successfully completed a United States Pediatric Residency program are eligible to apply for positions in the Stony Brook University Medical Center Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program. To review the University's most recent Minimum Application Requirements, Agreement of Appointment, and Salaries, visit our Graduate Medical Education (GME) Application Information website link at: Graduates of international medical schools (IMG) should review the Eligibility for Residency/Fellowship Training in New York State regulations at

Our application process adheres to the requirements of the Equal Employment Opportunity and the Americans with Disability Act to ensure all qualified applicants are afforded a review without discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability or veteran status.

Due to the SARS-COV-2 Pandemic and for everyone's safety, all interviews for the 2020-2021 cycle will be conducted virtually. Further information will be sent via email to those selected to interview.

Final selection will occur using the national resident matching program (NRMP).

For further information, please contact: 

Orietta Miceli-Ortiz

Program Coordinator