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In this episode Allison Messina, MD, FAAP, explains the ways different viruses are transmitted and what infection prevention and control measures are most effective. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk with Hilary McClafferty, MD, FAAP about an updated clinical report on physician health and wellness and avoiding burnout.



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Allison Messina, MD, FAAP


Allison Messina, MD, FAAP, is the Chief of the Division of Infectious Disease at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital and the Medical Director of the Infection Prevention Program. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine. She has been on staff at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital since 2006.

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Hilary McClafferty, MD, FAAP


Hilary McClafferty, MD, FAAP is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics, and in integrative medicine by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. She is Medical Director and Section Chief of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Arizona. She is a certified physician coach and board certified by the National Board of Health & Wellness Coaching. She writes and speaks nationally and internationally on physician wellbeing and pediatric integrative medicine and preventive health. Dr. McClafferty is a recipient of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Integrative Medicine Pioneer in Integrative Medicine Award and is active in clinical research and medical education.


Physician Health and Wellness
AAP Clinical Report (2014)
Project Firstline
Project Firstline is a national collaborative led by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide infection control training and education to frontline healthcare workers and public health personnel. AAP is proud to partner with Project Firstline, as supported through Cooperative Agreement CDC-RFA-OT18-1802. CDC is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents of this program do not necessarily represent the policies of CDC or HHS and should not be considered an endorsement by the Federal Government.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

Music Credits:
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Theme music composed by Matthew Simonson at

*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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