Torsten A. Joerger, MD, MSCE

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Torsten A. Joerger, MD, MSCE, is an attending physician with the Division of Infectious Diseases at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Hospital
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Medical College of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI


Pediatrics - Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA and Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE


Pediatric Infectious Diseases - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Infectious Diseases – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Graduate Degree

MSCE - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Pediatric infectious disease
Antimicrobial stewardship
Clinical trials




Taylor MG, Joerger T, Li Y, et al. Factors Associated With Penicillin Allergy Labels in Electronic Health Records of Children in 2 Large US Pediatric Primary Care Networks. JAMA Netw Open. 2022;5(3):e222117.


Henig O, Jyonouchi S, Joerger T, Kennedy K. Treatment-Resistant Bacterial Lymphadenitis in an Otherwise Healthy Girl. Pediatr Rev. 2021 Jun;42(6):339-341.

Beltrán S, Krass P, Joerger T, Chuang JH. Acute, Severe Abdominal Pain in a Non-Sexually Active Adolescent Female. Pediatr Rev. 2021 Feb;42(2):90-92. doi: 10.1542/pir.2019-0302. PMID: 33526574.


Otto WR, Paden WZ, Connors M, Joerger T, Buzi A, Rizzi M, Huh J, Storm P, Heuer G, Kennedy B, McGuire J, Swami S, Lang SS. Suppurative Intracranial Complications of Pediatric Sinusitis: A Single-Center Experience. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 Sep 21: piaa101. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piaa101. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32955086.

Joerger T, Sulieman S, Carson V, Fox M. Chronic meningitis due to Prototheca zopfii in an adolescent girl. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2020 May 16; epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/jpids/piaa049.


Joerger T, Chan S, Swami SK, Handy LK. Impact of an antimicrobial stewardship policy to restrict palivizumab use. J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc. 2019 May 11; 8(2): 189-190. doi: 10.1093/jpids/pix091


Parent, M., et al.. Murine Macrophage Inflammatory cytokine production and Immune activation in response to Vibrio parahaemolyticus infection. Microbiology and Immunology. 2013, Apr; 57(4): 323-328. Cited in PubMed; PMID: doi: 10.1111/1348-04.


McLane, M.A., Joerger, T., Mahmoud, A .. Disintegrins in health and disease. Frontiers in Bioscience. 2008, May; 1(13): 6617-6637.




Otto W, Joerger T. Fungal Disease. Netters Pediatrics, 2nd edition. Submitted 8/2020.

Mitchell H, Joerger T. Tuberculosis. Netters Pediatrics, 2nd edition. Submitted 8/2020.

Posters and Presentations


Taylor M, Joerger T, Anvari S, Li Y, Gerber J, Palazzi D. The Quality of Penicillin Allergy Labels in a Pediatric Birth Cohort. Poster accepted at the 13th Annual Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Conference. June 2022.


Joerger T, Taylor M, Palazzi D, Gerber J. The Impact of Penicillin Allergy Labels on Pediatric Outpatients. Poster presented at ID Week Conference. September 2021. Virtual.

Puckett L, Bio L, Cornell S, Joerger T, Schwenk H. Characterization of Suboptimal Discharge Antimicrobial Prescriptions and Effect of Inpatient Audit and Feedback on Quality of Antimicrobial Prescribing. Poster presented at ID Week Conference. September 2021. Virtual.

Joerger T, Taylor M. Epidemiology Quality and Impact of Penicillin Allergy Labels in two Pediatric Outpatient Networks. Presentation at 11th Annual Pediatric Antimicrobial      Stewardship Conference. June 2021. Virtual 

Taylor M, Joerger T, Gerber J, Palazzi D. Epidemiology of Penicillin Allergy Labels in the Pediatric Primary Care Setting. Poster presented at Pediatric Academic Society Annual Meeting. May 2021. Virtual. 


Geohegan S, Joerger T, Kitt E, Ulloa, Graf E, Downes K. Invasive sinusitis caused by Tropicoporus Tropicalis in a patient with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Poster presented at ESPID May 2019; Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Awards and Honors

2019, Best Division Teaching Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2020, Antimicrobial Stewardship Award, Pediatric Infectious Disease Society
2011, Herma Heart Center Summer Research Scholar

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

2021-present, Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, Ad Hoc Reviewer
2022-present, Hospital Pediatrics, Ad Hoc Reviewer

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2015-present, Infectious Diseases Society of America
2015-present, Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
 - 2020-present, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee
2015-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
 - 2022-present, Pediatric Care Online Point-of-Care Quick Reference