Lori Kestenbaum, MD

is a fellow in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She graduated with a BS in Psychology from Duke University and received her MD from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2012.  She is currently a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society and the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Follow her on Twitter @lorikestenbaum.

Containing disease

September 2, 2014

This weekend I played a board game, Pandemic (intended for ages 10 and up, but I played with four adults.) The premise of the game is that all players work together to…

Working toward reduced overuse of antibiotics in the outpatient setting

June 20, 2014

Recently, I attended the Fifth Annual International Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics in Kansas City, Mo…

Moving parents toward vaccine acceptance

April 28, 2014

There are different types of parents who refuse vaccines.  There are those who adamantly refuse all vaccines and cannot be moved from this position, and there are…

History is a diagnostic test

February 11, 2014

A teenage boy entered our hospital in respiratory distress. He was chronically ill due to an underlying medical disorder, leaving him with decreased respiratory reserve…

Antibiotics as anxiolytics

January 13, 2014

I had an outpatient surgical procedure recently — small enough to be outpatient, large enough to require sending me home with a Jackson-Pratt drain. On discharge…

Follow me

October 23, 2013

This year I had my first opportunity to attend IDWeek. After flying across the country and leaving many regular commitments behind in Philadelphia, I felt I had the…

A good history is integral to practicing good medicine

August 7, 2013

In the United States, a case of tuberculosis in a young child is a rarity – so rare that while the majority of the world vaccinates its children against more…

First, Do No Harm

June 13, 2013

As a first year infectious diseases fellow, I am frequently challenged to give a child an infectious disease diagnosis prior to proposing starting antibiotics. It brings…

Vaccine-preventable diseases in the 'vaccine era'

April 17, 2013

As a first-year infectious diseases fellow, I have been charged with the task of knowing how to diagnose and treat vaccine-preventable diseases, although I rarely see…