Congenital Syphilis Update
for CA Pediatric Providers

Tuesday, May 25, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (PDT)
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) continues to see dramatic statewide increases in cases of congenital syphilis (CS), a severe yet preventable condition when syphilis is passed from mother to fetus. This webinar, presented by the California Prevention Training Center, features Dr. Kelly Johnson, infectious disease physician from UCSF and Dr. Nael Mhaissen, pediatric infectious diseases specialist from Valley Children's Hospital. They will discuss CS epidemiology, clinical presentation, and neonatal management. Finally, they will discuss ways providers can help stem the rising tide of CS.
Learning Objectives
  • Describe California's CS epidemiology

  • Recognize the clinical manifestations of CS

  • Discuss CS diagnosis, evaluation, and management

  • Report all laboratory-confirmed and clinically-suspected cases of CS to public health

Who Should Attend ?
Family Practitioners, Pediatric Providers, Neonatologists,
Health Educators, Community Based Organization Staff,
Local Health Department Staff
Meet Our Experts
Kelly Johnson, MD, MPH
Kelly Johnson, MD, MPH is a fellow in Infectious Diseases and STIs at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), where she also completed Internal Medicine residency and served as a Chief Fellow (2019-2020). She is board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, works as an HIV primary care provider at Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital, and provides sexual health services at San Francisco City Clinic. Her research interests include real-world implementation of HIV PrEP and the intersection between HIV and bacterial STIs. 
Nael Mhaissen, MD
Nael Mhaissen, MD is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases. In his current role as the medical director of infection prevention and infectious diseases at Valley Children’s Healthcare, he has been involved in various clinical and educational projects targeting the prevention and management of congenital syphilis. His other clinical and research interests include: valley fever, central line associated infections, C. diff, and vascular health.


Elizabeth Olson, MPH
Clinical Program Manager
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