Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists Chief, Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Dr. Otto M. Ramos is director of the Division of Infectious Diseases, medical director the Virus Laboratory and epidemiologist for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, as well as Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists chief for the Section of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. He has served as chairman of the Infection Control Committee at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital since 1984. Dr. Ramos earned his medical degree from the University of Santiago in Spain, followed by postgraduate training at University Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. He completed pediatric residencies at Jackson Memorial Hospital and Driscoll Children’s Hospital, along with a fellowship in pediatric infectious diseases at the University of Texas Medical School. His clinical interests include rapid diagnosis of viral infections and treatment of immunocompromised patients.
Dr. Ramos is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases. He is the author of numerous articles, has presented at national and global medical conferences and is frequently sought out by the media to provide expert commentary on disease-related topics. Dr. Ramos also serves as a moderator of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital’s annual Pediatric Postgraduate Course.
The Division of Infectious Diseases at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to identify acute or chronic viral and bacterial diseases, so that effective treatment can be instituted as quickly as possible. The care team also works closely with the hospital’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Center to assist immunocompromised children and teens who suffer from multiple episodes of infection. Developed in collaboration with the Department of Laboratory Medicine, the division’s Virus Laboratory uses enzyme immunoassays, immunofluorescence, polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and cell culture systems for rapid diagnosis of many common illnesses, including respiratory, gastrointestinal and central nervous system (CNS) infections.