Sacred Heart Health System Inc.

10/10/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/10/2017 12:23

Sacred Heart, UF Health Bring Pediatric Infectious Disease Care to Region

Posted: 10/10/2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Children in North Florida with severe, complicated or recurrent infections can now receive specialized healthcare services closer to home, thanks to a new service from The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart and University of Florida Health in Pensacola.

Pediatric infectious disease specialist Dr. David Shapiro has joined the faculty of the University of Florida College of Medicine, which is affiliated with The Studer Family Children's Hospital at Sacred Heart. Beginning this month, Shapiro will practice full-time on Sacred Heart's Ninth Avenue campus in Pensacola. He is the only pediatric infectious disease specialist in North Florida.

As an infectious disease specialist, Shapiro treats children with conditions such as respiratory infections, bone and joint infections, tuberculosis, hepatitis, meningitis, MRSA infection and C. difficile, as well as Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases and infections.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Shapiro or other UF Pediatric Specialists at Sacred Heart, please call 850-416-1575 or schedule online.

Shapiro graduated from the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, and he completed residency training in pediatrics at the Naval Medical Center San Diego. Shapiro comes to Pensacola from a pediatric infectious disease fellowship at Duke University Medical Center.

Shapiro has 20 years of medical experience in the U.S. Navy. He has served as senior medical adviser to Navy Wounded Warrior -- Safe Harbor at the Washington Navy Yard and Walter Reed Military Medical Center, director of clinical informatics for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery in Washington, D.C., and head of the department of pediatrics for the Naval Health Clinic Cherry Point.

Shapiro is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the American Osteopathic Association, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. He has been published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society and in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.