How do bacterial infections differ from viruses?
Lawrence Ross, MD, explains the differences between a virus infection and a bacterial infection and the illnesses and treatments associated with each
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Lawrence Ross, MD
Pediatrician, Infectious Disease, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Dr. Lawrence A. Ross is a pediatrician and expert in infectious diseases. He has been a full-time member of the Division of Infectious Disease at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles since 1978 and has served as Hospital Infection Control Officer as well as the Chairperson of the Infection Control Committee for 20 years. He is also a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Dr. Ross graduated from the University of Illinois and subsequently attended medical school at the Chicago Medical School in Chicago. He completed residency training in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, followed by fellowships in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California School of Medicine. From 1981-1985, Dr. Ross served as the coordinator of the intern and residency program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. His areas of interest have included epidemiology of nosocomial infections as well as clinical aspects of care for patients with immune compromising diseases including patients with HIV infection.