Infectious Disease

Children's Health Service Infectious Disease

Infectious Disease

Director: Janak Patel MD

Maternal-Child HIV Program

The Maternal-Child Program is run by Pediatric Infectious Diseases/HIV in collaboration with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and the Adult HIV Program at UTMB. The program is a major resource for the management of HIV-infected mothers and their children in the rural southeast Texas communities.

  • We provide HIV diagnostic and therapeutic services to HIV-positive pregnant women, HIV-exposed infants, and HIV-infected children, adolescents and youth.
  • We have:
  1. developed consensus protocols for management of pregnant women and their newborns to provide comprehensive care in order to reduce perinatal HIV transmission, and
  2. have facilitated HIV care of women after delivery by coordinating appointments with the adult HIV clinics.


Comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services are provided at the Maternal-Child HIV twice weekly:

  • Monday and Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30 pm (League City) and Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:30 pm (Galveston Island East), and at other times when necessary.
  • All children delivered at UTMB are seen at birth.
  • Subsequent visits are every two months till the diagnosis of HIV infection is determined.
  • Infected children are followed every 2-3 months, or as often as necessary, until adulthood.
  • All HIV-infected children receive neurodevelopmental assessment.
  • Laboratory services include CD4 and HIV viral load determination.
  • Clinical consultations with other pediatric specialists at UTMB are obtained as needed.
  • Inpatient care is provided at the Children’s Hospital at UTMB whenever necessary.
  • The site has multiethnic and multilingual staff.



The pediatric HIV specialists of the program consult with all HIV-infected pregnant women several times during pregnancy to provide:

  • counseling,
  • psycho-social evaluation,
  • initiation of preventive antiviral treatment,
  • monitoring HIV disease state,
  • and coordination of other essential medical and social services.

The obstetric specialists also see these women several times during pregnancy for comprehensive prenatal care, deliveries and postnatal care. A residential facility for pregnant women is available for those who need to stay overnight for outpatient services. Women who have planned to deliver at UTMB are admitted to the residential facility after 36 weeks of gestation at no cost to them.

The UTMB Regional Maternal and Child Health Program (RMCHP) provides:

  • prenatal care,
  • primary and preventive child health care,
  • family planning,
  • dysplasia,
  • and case management services to women and children in 50 southeast Texas counties, with 18 base sites and 24 satellite sites.

Clinic services include high and low risk prenatal care, family planning, dysplasia, cancer stop, primary and preventive child health care for children ages birth to 21 years, immunizations, WIC, STD testing and treatment, and HIV counseling and testing. Case management services are provided for maternity and child health patients.

It is estimated that 8,407 children ages 0 to 21 were served in FY 1999. Women’s health services will be available to an estimated 19,568 women across the life span. Clients are given individual appointments with a specific provider. In most clinics, Clinical Care Teams composed of a Provider, Nurse and Aide see each patient.




Pediatrics-BayColony 2785 Gulf Freeway South, Suite 2.200 (second floor)
(409) 772-3695 or (888) 886-2543  
Referral Fax (409) 772-3680

Pediatric Infectious Disease Clinic
Adult & Child Travel Clinic

Clinic Hours
Monday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 a.m.– 11:30;
Pediatrics-BayColony 2785 Gulf Freeway South, Suite 2.200 (second floor)
(409) 772-3695 or (888) 886-2543  
Referral Fax (409) 772-3680

Maternal-Child HIV Clinic

Clinic Hours
Monday, Thursday 8:30 am - 11:30 am;
Dr. Davis with young boy nurse_boy-with-cowboy-hat-in-bed301 8th St, Galveston, TX 77550
9th floor
(409) 772-1011
Open 24 hours

The UTMB Children’s Hospital in Galveston offers leading edge knowledge and over 120 years of experience in one of the finest academic settings in the nation. The fully redesigned hospital and child life program reflects an attention to all the details that matter to children, offering the whimsy and serenity of an ocean/island design along with many special spaces for toddlers, older children and teenagers to play, relax, unwind and spend time with family members. UTMB Health offers advanced general inpatient care for ill children, as well as specialty inpatient care for children with serious medical conditions. Our pediatric hospitalists, attending faculty physicians, nurses, residents, students and staff provide state-of-the-art clinical care and the emotional support that is essential during a hospital stay. Our Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) offers critical care services for infants, children and adolescents with severe illnesses or injuries. We can arrange emergency helicopter transport when needed to serve the most seriously ill children in our region.
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Dr. Davis with young boy Part of John Sealy Hospital
301 8th St, Galveston, TX 77550
(409) 772-1011
Open 24 hours, call for visiting hours

Pediatric Critical Care is responsible for the evaluation and management of critically ill newborns, infants, children and adolescents with medical or surgical problems.

We have outstanding physicians ready to provide the highest standard of care using the latest innovations and research available.  

UTMB Clear Lake Campus

200 Blossom Street
5th floor

(832) 632-7539

UTMB Clear Lake Campus offers exceptional care for mothers and their healthy newborns in spacious LDRP rooms. Here, families stay in the same room throughout their birthing experience and Mother-Baby stay.

Our new Labor, Delivery, Recovery Mother/Baby Rooms contains:

  • Birthing suites designed with significant input from patients, nursing staff and physicians
  • Oversized room for mom and baby to stay together
  • Large, private bathroom in each room designed to accommodate mom’s personal belongings
  • Free Wi-Fi, comfortable sofa-bed, rocking glider chair, oversized windows
  • Controlled lighting in each area of the room (mom’s bed, bassinet area, family area)
  • Nursery with private “teaching” room
  • Additional counter space for mom’s flowers and gifts
  • Nurse practitioner (Neonatal) on staff 24/7