Children and their families trust the skill and compassionate care they receive from St. Luke’s Children’s specialists in infectious disease 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.
We offer international adoption screening, 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).
Our experienced team cares for infants, children and teens with infections that are serious, complex, or chronic.
Sara A. Healy, MD, MPH specializes in evaluating and diagnosing children with serious or unusual infections as well as prolonged or unexplained fevers. She has a specific interest in travel medicine, tropical infections, international adoption, congenital infections, unusual infections due to animals and/or insects, and immunodeficiencies.
During her training, Dr. Healy obtained a masters in public health in international health and development and has subsequently spent much of her career working extensively across Africa providing clinical care and conducting clinical research. She currently collaborates with colleagues in the U.S., Europe, Australia, India, and Africa designing and implementing clinical trials to evaluate novel malaria vaccines and therapeutic monoclonal antibodies in adults, children, and pregnant women.
Dr. Healy has co-authored more than 40 papers and book chapters, and for her contributions to research, as part of the study teams, she has received multiple NIH/NIAID Merit Awards as well as Top 10 Clinical Research Achievement Award in 2023. Dr. Healy is also active in medical trainee education and mentoring.
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.
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.
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.