Miguela A Caniza, MD
Disclosures: Nothing to disclose - 08/31/2017
Miguela A

Miguela A. Caniza, MD, MPH

Member and St Jude Faculty

Director of Global Infectious Disease Program

Department of Global Pediatric Medicine and Department of Infectious Diseases


A pediatrician and infectious disease specialist with over 19-year experience improving the standards for the prevention and care of infections in immunocompromised children, at St Jude and globally. 


A native of Paraguay, Dr. Caniza, received her medical degree at the School of Medicine of the National University in Asunción, Paraguay. She completed her pediatric residency at the State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York; and her fellowship training in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. She earned a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Pediatrics and she has more than 19-year experience in pediatrics and pediatric infectious diseases at domestic and global sites.


After the completion of her studies, she joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of South Carolina Medical School, Columbia, South Carolina, mentoring physicians in training and medical students; and she worked providing medical care to uninsured, low insured and immigrants’ children in South Carolina.


In 2001, she was recruited to the Department of Infectious Diseases at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, to build and direct the Global Infectious Diseases Program of the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine (former Infectious Disease - International Outreach), position she holds to date.


At St Jude, she cares for children with catastrophic diseases and infectious complications and she concentrates in improving the standards of prevention and care of infections in children globally by implementing effective practices and building clinical care and quality improvement capacity. To effectively impact multiple global sites, she designs and delivers infection care and prevention training for clinicians, builds and sustains networks and working groups of healthcare providers with expertise in infection care and prevention. Aligning with St Jude, better equipped clinical workforce collaborates in healthcare delivery and research with St Jude Global to further the mission and vision of St Jude.


Education and training are essential tools used to improve the ability of local experts and leaders of institutions to prevent and manage infectious diseases. Also, these tools are used to promote better understanding of local data and dissemination of results through actively building research resources.


In 2012 she received the “HERO” award from the Association of Professionals in Infection Control of America for her work to improve capacity of preventionists of infections throughout Latin America.  She collaborates with colleagues worldwide in topics of common interest and writes extensively in areas of her expertise.