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Texas Medical Center

Infectious Disease, Pediatric Medicine
Phone: 832-824-4330 | 713-798-5240
Fax: 713-798-6802


Dept. Molecular Virology & Microbiology
MS BCM 280, One Baylor Plaza
Houston, TX 77030

Pedro A. Piedra, MD

Professor, Departments of Molecular Virology and Microbiology; Pediatrics; Pharmacology

Baylor College of Medicine
Director, CLIA Certified Respiratory Virus Diagnostic Laboratory, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Children's Hospital of Buffalo Fellowship Pediatric Infectious Disease 1987
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Residency Pediatrics 1984
Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC Internship Pediatrics 1982
University of South Florida Program Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1981


I currently do not actively provide medical care to children. All my time is devoted to research, in particular, in the area of translational research in respiratory viruses.

Clinical Interests:

Pediatric infectious diseases

Research Interests:

I am a pediatric infectious disease specialist and physician-scientist with an independent research program in respiratory virus research. I have extensive experience in conducting preclinical, translational, and clinical research with a focus on the development of control measures for viral respiratory pathogens such as influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and other common respiratory viral agents. I have been mentoring graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and physicians in basic science and in translational and clinical research for over 30 years. My current research areas are molecular epidemiology of RSV, immune correlates of RSV disease, viral surveillance data on moderate to severe acute respiratory illness in children, the role of respiratory viruses in febrile infants less than 90 days old, clinical significance of respiratory viral infections in pregnant women, bronchiolitis and its relation to asthma, biomarkers of acute respiratory viral disease, and prevention of RSV disease through vaccine and drug development. We have a well-funded research program supported by NIH, CDC, and Industry. 


Organization Name Role
Infectious Diseases in Children Editorial Board (2011 - Present)
Journal of Infectious Diseases Editorial Board (2015 - Present)
NIH grant reviewer 2001 to present Grant Reviewer (2001 - Present)
Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VERPAC) Member (FDA from 2012 - 2016)
Various Journals Manuscript Reviewer for over 30 journals; (Annual review 25-30 manuscripts)
WHO Working group meeting, RSV Vaccine Standardization Member (2016 - Present)

Selected Publications

Awards & Honors

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society member- April 2016-present

Distinguish Physician Alumnus award - USF May 2018

Robert Good Honor Society-USF May 2018 



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