Host Defense Program

Caring for immunocompromised children

Host Defense Program

The Divisions of Infectious Diseases and Hematology, Oncology and BMT at Nationwide Children’s have developed the country’s first Host Defense Program specifically designed to address the needs of immunocompromised 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 immunocompromised conditions.

About 

The Host Defense Program provides individualized consultation services for immunocompromised patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings for a wide variety of conditions and needs, including:

  • Bone Marrow Failure or Cytopenias
  • Oncology
  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Bone marrow transplant 
  • Solid organ transplant
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Autoimmune or autoinflammatory conditions, such as Lupus or Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Patients receiving medications that suppress the immune system
  • Vaccine Clinic

Meet Our Host Defense Program Team

A variety of specialists work together to provide the best care to immunocompromised patients. These specialties include hematology, oncology, infectious disease, gastroenterology and other support staff roles.

Patient Resources

Immunodeficiency and Infection: Who Is at Risk?

Certain conditions may cause a child to become immunocompromised. Some children are born with abnormal immune systems and have genetic conditions called primary immunodeficiency disorders like chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) or severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).

Download Our Safe Living After Solid Organ Transplantation Guide

Host Defense Education Opportunities

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Host Defense Fellowship

The one-year Infectious Disease Host Defense Fellowship provides additional training and expertise in the comprehensive management of infections in immunocompromised children.

For Providers 

Host Defense Program consultations are available for Nationwide Children's physicians through an EPIC order. 

If you're a referring physician interested in a consult, please call: 614-722-4452.

To make a referral, please request an appointment online or fax information to (614) 722-4458.

Referral Requirements:

  • Immunization record 
  • Written reason for referral
  • Records of office visits
  • Reports of other consultants
  • Lab and imaging study results pertinent to the referral

PDC

Physician Direct Connect is a 24-hour physician/provider consult-transfer center. PDC is managed by experienced RNs who can assist in caring for your patients as a single point of contact for numerous requests.

Immunodeficiency and Infection: Who Is at Risk?

Certain conditions may cause a child to become immunocompromised. Some children are born with abnormal immune systems and have genetic conditions called primary immunodeficiency disorders like chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) or severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).