Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Faculty Member, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology
MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
Residency, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL
Fellowship in Infectious Disease and Immunology, University of Medicine and Dentistry - New Jersey Medical School, Newark, NJ
Dr. Laura Hoyt joined the faculty of the Division of Infectious Diseases in 1995 after completing her fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Disease and Immunology at the University of Medicine and Dentistry-New Jersey Medical School, where she also served on the faculty for three years. Her research focus has been in pediatric and perinatal HIV infection. She has published studies on Mycobacterium avium complex infection, measles, and varicella complications of HIV infection, as well as description of long-term survivors of perinatal HIV infection, and overviews of pediatric and perinatal HIV infection.
Dr. Hoyt has established a multidisciplinary Family HIV Program and clinic where adults and children with HIV infection are seen together. This initiative is unique in the Upper Midwest and draws families from Minnesota and surrounding states. She has enrolled and maintained children in the first pediatric trial examining anti-retroviral therapy available in the area since the late 1980s. With her colleagues, she cares for approximately one-half of the continued pregnancies of HIV-infected women in the state. Dr. Hoyt also works collaboratively with HIV-focused initiatives of the Minnesota Department of Health, local community-based service organizations, University of Minnesota faculty members in Adult Infectious Disease and the College of Pharmacy. Research projects include investigation of epidemiological and treatment issues in couples with HIV planning childbearing, HIV in pregnancy, and children with HIV infection.
In 1996, Dr. Hoyt assumed the care of children in the Pediatric Immunology Program at the University of Minnesota. This program also serves the Upper Midwest and evaluates approximately 60 new patients for primary or secondary immunodeficiency, or immuno-deficiency-related infectious diseases each year. A current research project involves the investigation of children with DiGeorge Syndrome and is undertaken with a faculty colleague in Pediatric Genetics and Cardiology.
Patients with the same range of HIV-related and immunology problems are seen by Dr. Hoyt at Children's Hospitals and Clinics, as well.
Pediatric Infectious Disease