LSUHS Pediatrics Chairman Named President of National Foundation for Infectious Diseases

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 NFID Board of Directors and updated slate of officers, includes NFID President Joseph A. Bocchini, Jr., MD, of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC).

Dr. Bocchini is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at LSUHSC in Shreveport, LA, where he also serves as Medical Director of the Children’s Hospital and as a member of the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Dr. Bocchini has been a practicing physician for more than 45 years.

“It is an honor for me to assume the position of President of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases,” said Dr. Bocchini. “As a practicing pediatrician and father of four daughters, the NFID mission of providing education to both healthcare professionals and the public on the causes, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases is very important to me and I welcome the opportunity to guide the organization in the continued pursuit of its mission.”

Dr. Bocchini is a past chair of the Committee on Infectious Diseases of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a past member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. He is a member of the American Society of Microbiology, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, American Pediatric Society, and the Academic Pediatric Association. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Infectious Diseases in Children. Dr. Bocchini received his MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Pediatrics at the University of Connecticut and a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at The Johns Hopkins University.