Adriana Tremoulet: PTN Principal Investigator at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego

Dr. Tremoulet is a pediatric infectious disease specialist who cares for children at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego. As part of the PTN, she is the site principal investigator responsible for the enrollment of study-eligible subjects into the POPS/PTN study of drugs used in children as a standard part of care.

Her research interests include pediatric pharmacology and the testing of new therapies for immunological and infectious diseases. Dr. Tremoulet is particularly interested in Kawasaki disease and serves as the associate director of the Kawasaki Disease Research Center at UCSD.

Kawasaki disease is a rare condition in children that involves inflammation of the blood vessels, which, in turn, can lead to aneurysms and heart attacks. In the United States, after congenital heart defects, Kawasaki disease is the leading cause of pediatric heart disease, with most patients aged less than 5 years. Dr. Tremoulet cares for nearly 1500 children with this devastating condition in San Diego County, as well as another 90 children hospitalized annually at Rady Children’s Hospital.

When she steps out of her white lab coat, Dr. Tremoulet enjoys dancing flamenco, an art form that she has practiced for over 15 years. She is also the proud mother of 2 girls and a 7-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever who is trained as a therapy dog.