The Bickerstaff Pediatric Family Center at Miller Children’s Hospital cares for infants, children, adolescents and pregnant women who are at risk for, or infected with, HIV/AIDS, acute community-acquired illnesses, chronic infections and other immunological disorders. Board-certified infectious disease physicians and the care team also advise on immunization and infectious disease prevention.
The Bickerstaff Center offers a multi-disciplinary, family centered care approach through their HIV and Infectious Disease Care programs. In partnership with the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Bickerstaff Center participates in national research studies, such as International Maternal, Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Group (IMPAACT), to determine successful treatment regimens. The Bickerstaff team provides more than 7,000 hospital consultations for children staying overnight at Miller Children’s and outpatient follow-up visits annually. The Bickerstaff care team often works closely with other pediatric specialists.
The Bickerstaff Pediatric Family Center is an approved California Children’s Services (CCS) Special Care Center for Immunology and Infectious Disease. Miller Children’s is a major referral center for pediatric infectious disease cases in the Southern California region, receiving patients from up to 30 miles away.