Janet Reed Gilsdorf MD

Professor, Pediatrics
Pediatric Infectious Disease, Pediatrics
Clinical Interests:

Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology


U of M Pediatrics Infectious Disease

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
1540 E. Hospital Dr., Level 6, Reception C
Ann Arbor

U of M Pediatrics Infectious Disease

CS Mott Childrens Hospital Floor 6 Medical Subspecialty Clinic
1540 E Hospital Dr SPC 4259
Ann Arbor


Medical School or Training

  • University of Nebraska, 1970


  • Baylor School of Medicine, Pediatrics, TX, 1972

  • Valley Medical Center, Pediatrics, CA, 1979


  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University Of Minnesota Hospital, 1982

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics

  • Pediatric Infectious Disease


Dr. Gilsdorf’s research program focuses on identifying ways to prevent middle ear infections in children. To that end, her laboratory works closely with scientists in the School of Public Health to find molecules on Haemophilus influenzae—the most common bacteria causing middle ear infections—that may be used as a vaccine or as a target for interfering molecules. In addition, her research has defined the molecular epidemiology of Haemophilus influenzae and its association with otitis media and has discovered improved ways to characterize these bacteria in the laboratory. Dr. Gilsdorf’s research laboratory has been funded for many years by research awards from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood.


Dr. Gilsdorf, the Robert P. Kelch Research Professor, is the Director of the Haemophilus influenzae Research Laboratory, and the co-Director of the Molecular and Clinical Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases. She is active in many national organizations related to Pediatrics and Infectious Diseases, including:

Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), CDC, Atlanta, GA
2003–2007 Meningococcal Working Group
2004–2007 Hepatitis Working Group
2004–2006 Pertussis Working Group
2003–2007 HPV Working Group – Chair
2005-2008 Infectious Diseases Society of America, Board of Directors, Elected
2005-2008 Infectious Diseases Society of America, Education Committee
2007-2011 NIH Clinical Center’s Board of Scientific Counselors, member
2008-present Infectious Diseases Society of America, Awards Committee
2008-2013 Infectious Diseases Society of America, Awards Committee 
2009-2014 PID sub-board of American Board of Pediatrics, member
2010 GSK NTHi Virulence Factors Advisory Board
2010-2014 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Council member, Elected
2010-present Andriole Board Review Course, IDSA, Co-Moderato
2010-2013 Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Council member, Elected 
2010-2013 Andriole Board Review Course, IDSA, Co-Moderator 
2013-present Associate Editor, JPIDS 
2013-2015 PIDS, President Elect 
2014-present IDSA Nominations Committee

Honors and awards:
1998 Alpha Omega Alpha
1999 JGIM 1999 Creative Medical Writing Award for Prose
1999 Best Doctors in America – 4th edition
2002 Best Doctors in America – 5th edition
2004 Best Doctors in America – 6th edition
2004 Sarah Goddard Power Award
2005-6 Best Doctors in America
2007-8 Best Doctors in America
2008 Alumni Achievement Award, North Dakota State University
2009-10 Best Doctors in America
2010 Robert P. Kelch MD Research Professorship
2011 League of Research Excellence, Univ of Michigan
2011-12 Best Doctors in America
2012 2012 Distinguished Physician Award, Pediatric Infectious Diseases
2013 Best Doctors in America