William J. Steinbach, MD, professor of pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and professor of molecular genetics and microbiology, was recently named chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Pediatrics, effective August 1, 2016.
Steinbach’s laboratory investigates the molecular pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of invasive aspergillosis caused by the deadly fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. He is also the co-founder and continuing co-chairman of the International Advances Against Aspergillosis scientific conferences. His clinical research endeavors to complement his scientific work, and he is the founder and director of the 53-site International Pediatric Fungal Network, currently funded by over $7M in NIH funds to lead ground-breaking treatment and diagnostic clinical studies in pediatric invasive fungal disease. He also serves as the program training director for the Duke Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Program and co-directs the Tri-Institutional Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program (MMPTP), each funded by NIH training grants.
Steinbach has written extensively on invasive fungal infections and antifungal agents and lectured around the globe. He has served as editor for a total of six textbooks, including as the antifungal therapy editor for several editions of the American Academy of Pediatrics best-selling Nelson’s Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy, the co-editor of the 7th and upcoming 8th editions of Feigin & Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, and co-editor for the American Society for Microbiology’s textbook, "Aspergillus fumigatus and Aspergillosis."
“Bill is an innovative scientist, committed mentor, and an international force through his leadership of a worldwide effort to treat pediatric fungal infections and we are fortunate that he will be serving in this new role in the department,” says Ann M. Reed, MD, chair of the Department of Pediatrics.