Host Defense Program :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Host Defense Program

The Infectious Disease and Hem/Onc/BMT departments at Nationwide Children’s have developed the country’s first Host Defense Program specifically designed to address the needs of immune-compromised patients. Our collaborative and comprehensive approach ensures that the unique needs of your patient will be reviewed and provided by fellowship-trained Host Defense Specialists, who are supported by an interdisciplinary team of experts in immune-compromised conditions. 

The Host Defense Program provides individualized consultation services to immune-compromised patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings for a wide variety of specialties and conditions, including:

  • Non-malignant hematology
  • Oncology
  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
  • Solid organ transplantation
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Patients with autoimmune or autoinflammatory conditions
  • Patients receiving immunomodulatory medications


Meet our Team

Monica Ardura

Clinical Director, HDP

Jeffrey Auletta

Director, HDP

View the entire Host Defense Program team





For Patients

Read more about Host Defense in Dr. Monica Ardura's 700 Children's Blog, Immunodeficiency and Infection: Who Is at Risk?

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For Physicians

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000