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St. Luke's Children's Infections and Immune Deficiency

Our experienced team cares for infants, children and teens with infections that are serious, complex, or chronic. This includes complicated or recurrent Staphylococcal infections (including MRSA), and other antibiotic-resistant infections, as well as infectious diseases related to international travel, insect or animal exposures. We diagnose and treat viral diseases such as CMV, EBV, HIV, Herpes simplex virus, and Hepatitis C, as well as congenital infections. We also manage unexplained or recurrent fevers, periodic fevers, frequent infections and immune deficiency conditions.

Our clinic also offers prenatal counseling visits for mothers diagnosed with certain infections, and bone marrow transplant follow-up care for immune deficiency diagnoses, including SCID (severe combined immunodeficiency). We have expertise specifically relating to international adoption as well, including evaluation and treatment for common infectious diseases, assessment of immunization status, and management of chronic and congenital infectious diseases. We are available to meet with prospective adoptive parents for pre-adoption counseling relating to a child's known or suspected infectious diseases or immunodeficiency.

Providers

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    Biography

    Joseph A. Hilinski, MD specializes in inpatient and outpatient infections occurring in children. He has special interest in infections occurring in patients with solid organ and bone marrow transplantations, malignancies, and immunodeficiencies. He also has special interest in periodic fever syndromes.  

    Prior to coming to St. Luke’s, Dr. Hilinski practiced at Emory University School of Medicine, where he served as associate professor of pediatrics, program director of the pediatric infectious diseases fellowship program, clinical director of operations for the division of pediatric infectious diseases, and associate program director of the general pediatrics residency program. He was also a society advisor for the School of Medicine Osler Teaching Society.

    Dr. Hilinski has extensive experience in both clinical research and medical education. He has participated in more than 50 clinical trials of vaccines and medications and has co-authored more than 15 papers related to pediatric infectious diseases, with a focus on transplant-related infections. While at Emory University he was a recipient of the Subspecialty Teacher of the Year Award for Pediatrics, School of Medicine Dean’s Teaching Award, and selected as one of Atlanta Magazine's top doctors for numerous years.


    Availability

    Accepting new patients
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    Biography

    Lynn M. Luginbuhl, MD, MS provides pediatric infectious disease consultations in both inpatient and outpatient settings, and is passionate about providing collaborative care with her team members and supporting patients’ recovery and return to best quality of life. She enjoys all aspects of general infectious disease practice and has a particular interest in travel related infections and zoonoses.

    Dr. Luginbuhl earned her master's degree in epidemiology at Dartmouth College and is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington. She was previously an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and worked as a pediatric infectious disease consultant at Massachusetts General Hospital where she received a teaching award.

    Dr. Luginbuhl's published research has focused on the complications of pediatric HIV infection and the study of secondary infections in patients with bronchiolitis.

    In her free time, Dr. Luginbuhl enjoys long-distance hiking, biking and cross-country skiing.

  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases

    Biography

    Ingrid Lundgren, MD, MPH specializes in diagnosing and treating children with serious, unusual, or prolonged infection or unexplained fever. She has special interests in infections affecting immunocompromised children, including bone marrow and organ transplant recipients; infections acquired from animals and insects; tropical infections; travel-related infections; international adoption screening; pediatric HIV/AIDS; and viral hepatitis, including hepatitis C. In addition, she has expertise in managing primary or genetically based immune deficiencies.

    In addition to her medical education, Dr. Lundgren earned a master's degree in public health with an emphasis on global health from the University of Washington. She has been honored with the Resident Teaching Award from the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho. She is active in educating residents and medical students in Boise, and is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

    Dr. Lundgren's research publications have included studies on malaria treatment, severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), pneumonia in developing countries, and disease outbreak investigations. She also serves as the medical consultant for the Idaho Newborn Screening Program for immunodeficiency.

    Availability

    Accepting new patients

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