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In this episode Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, FAAP, vice chair of the AAP Committee on Infectious Diseases, describes the characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 and what it might take to end the pandemic. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD, FAAP, chair of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Subcommittee of COID, about his efforts to end unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics in pediatrics.



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Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, FAAP


Sean O’Leary, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Children’s Hospital Colorado, a pediatric infectious diseases specialist, an investigator at ACCORDS (Adult and Child Consortium for Outcomes Research and Delivery Science), and the Director of the Colorado Children’s Outcomes Network (COCONet), Colorado’s pediatric practice-based research network. Dr. O’Leary is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Council on School Health and serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Infectious Diseases (the Red Book Committee) for the AAP. He also serves as the liaison to the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, and currently represents the AAP on ACIP’s COVID-19 Vaccine Work Group.  

Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD, FAAP


Jeffrey S. Gerber, MD, PhD, FAAP, is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Attending Physician in the Division Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Gerber is Associate Chief Clinical Research Officer of the CHOP Research Institute; Senior Scholar in the Penn Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics; and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Infectious Diseases, for which he is Chair of the Antimicrobial Resistance and Stewardship Subcommittee.  


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

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*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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