Carla Garcia Carreno, MD $$

Infectious Disease Specialist and International Adoption Medicine

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Carla Garcia Carreno, M.D., diagnoses and treats children who have a rare infectious disease or suffer from more common infections that require complex treatment. She is a Pediatric Infectious Disease Specialist at PID Associates and the Medical Director for Infection Prevention and Control at Children's Medical Center Plano. She is also a fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of America.

From rare tropical diseases in Venezuela to complicated local infectious problems, Dr. Carreno has treated a wide variety of infections. This gives her the expertise to help children overcome even the most complex illnesses.

It’s an incredible privilege to be able to help these children.
Dr. Carreno

"We team with physicians in the process of solving difficult and uncommon clinical scenarios. I work hand-in-hand with experts across Children’s Health℠ to understand their illness and find a treatment strategy that works,” she says. “It’s an incredible privilege to be able to help these children.” 

Dr. Carreno earned her medical degree from the Universidad Central de Venezuela. She then completed residencies at Pediatrics Hospital Universitario de Caracas in Venezuela and at Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi, a Texas A&M College of Medicine Residency Program. She came to UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2007 for her fellowship training in pediatric infectious diseases.

In addition to helping families in the clinic, Dr. Carreno does research that could help improve care. Her main research focused on finding the best management for respiratory viruses. She is also working to understanding a rare disease called acute flaccid myelitis, which affects the spinal cord.

In her spare time, Dr. Carreno enjoys traveling with her husband and son, reading, and enjoying nature.

Education and Training

Medical School
Universidad Central de Venezuela (2000)
Driscoll Children's Hospital - Texas A&M (2007), Pediatrics
Hospital Universitario de Caracas (2004), Pediatrics
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (2010), Pediatric Infectious Diseases
Board Certification
American Board of Pediatrics/Infectious Disease


    • Acute flaccid myelitis
    • Research Interests

      • Finding the best management for respiratory viruses
      • Understanding a rare disease called acute flaccid myelitis, which affects the spinal cord
    • Publications

      • Acute Flaccid Myelitis Among Hospitalized Children in Texas, 2016. Downey R, McElvain D, Murphey DK, Bailey A, Patel B, Fernandez M, Loftis L, Carreno CG, Eger L, Aguilera EA, Wootton S, Castagnini LA, Hauger SB. Pediatr Neurol. 2020 May;106:50-55. doi: 10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2020.01.007. Epub 2020 Feb 7.
    • Professional Activities

      • American Academy of Pediatrics
      • Pediatric Infectious Disease Society of America
    • Awards and Honors

      • Best Doctors - D Magazine (2013, 2016-2018, 2020-2022)

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