A Pediatric Infectious Disease specialist is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases caused by microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses (including HIV and hepatitis), fungi and parasites. They consult with pediatricians on diseases that are complicated or atypical, including:

  • Illnesses that are of unclear cause, have prolonged fever, or are recurrent
  • Respiratory infections
  • Bone and joint infections
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Acquired Immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Hepatitis
  • Meningitis

Meet Our Providers

Dr. Deena Sutter works with pediatricians in the management and diagnosis of patients’ pediatric illnesses related to infectious disease. In both inpatient and outpatient settings, she ensures her patients and parents understand reasons for the tests and treatments they receive. Dr. Sutter is board certified in both pediatric and pediatric infectious disease, and also certified in knowledge of tropical diseases. She launched South Texas Pediatric Infectious Disease following her retirement as Chief, Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC).

Emily Scherrer is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner specializing in treating children from birth through young adulthood. She has pursued this specialized focus since the beginning of her career 13 years ago, advancing her education in the field by earning a master’s degree in pediatric nursing in 2021. During Nurse Practitioner Scherrer’s 13 years of pediatric nursing experience, she has worked in hospital and clinic settings, in government and private sectors.

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