Miguela Caniza, MD

Miguela Caniza, MD

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty
Infectious Diseases Program Director - International Outreach


Infectious Diseases

Contact Information

Miguela Caniza, MD
Infectious Diseases
MS 721, Room S2014D
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Email: miguela.caniza@stjude.org
Phone: (901) 595-4194
FAX: (901) 595-2099


BSL - Colegio Inmaculada Concepción, Caaguazú, Paraguay
MD - Universidad Nacional de Asunción, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Asunción, Paraguay
MA - Linda Vista Bible College and Seminary, El Cajon, California

Honors & Awards

Research Interests

Selected Publications

Baskin JL, Lezcano E, Kim BS, Figueredo D, Lassaletta A, Perez-Martinez A, Madero L, Caniza MA, Howard SC, Samudio A, Finlay JL. Neuro-Oncology 2012 doi:10.1093/neuonc/nos291.

Hernández H, Resendiz EL, Castañeda JL, De Colsa A, Ramirez J, Johnson K, Gonzalez N, Caniza MA. Surveillance of Healthcare Associated Infection in Pediatric Cancer Patients between 2004 and 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico. J Pediatric Hematol Oncol 2012 (in press).

DePasse J, Caniza MA, Quessar A, Khattab M, Hessissen L, Ribeiro R, Cherkaoui S, Benchekroun S, Matthay KK. Infections in hospitalized children and young adults with acute leukemia in Morocco. Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 2012 (in press).

Gavidia R, Fuentes SL, Vasquez R, Bonilla M, Ethier MC, Diorio C, Caniza M, Howard SC, Sung L. Low Socioeconomic Status is Associated with Prolonged Times to Assessment and Treatment, Sepsis and Infectious Deaths in Pediatric Fever in El Salvador. PLoS One 2012;7(8):e43639. Epub Aug 22, 2012.

Carr SB, Adderson EE, Hakim H, Xiaoping X, Xiaowei Y, Caniza M. Clinical and Demographic Characteristics of Seasonal Influenza in Pediatric Patients with Cancer. J Pediat Infect Dis Jul 5, 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

Rodriguez-Auad P, Nava-Frias M, Casasola-Flores J, Johnson K, Nava-Ruiz A, Perez-Robles V, Caniza MA. Clinical characteristics and the epidemiology of respiratory syncytial virus infection in pediatric patients in a referral hospital in Mexico. International Journal of Infectious Diseases April 21, 2012. [Epub ahead of print].

Melgar M; De-Leon RE; Jeronimo M, Ramirez M, Asturias E, Antillon-Klussman F, Guimera D, Caniza MA. How we optmized prevention and control of pandemic 2009 influenza A (H1N1) in a resource-limited nation’s pediatric oncology unit. Am J Infect Control 39:534-535, 2011.

Carr S, Ilyushina NA, Franks J, Adderson EE, Caniza M, Govorkova EA, Webster RG. Oseltamivir-resistent Influenza A and B viruses Pre- and Post antiviral therapy in children and young adults with cancer. Pediatr Infect Dis J Nov 2, 2010.

Gupta S, Bonilla M, Gamero M, Fuentes SL, Caniza M, Sung L. Microbiology and mortality of pediatric febrile neutropenia in El Salvador. J Pediatric Hematol Oncol 2011; 33: 276-280, 2011.

Caniza MA, Masera Guiseppe, Pui CH. Varicella Vaccination in Children with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Consensus Statement. Pediatr Blood Cancer Sep 16, 2010. [Epub ahead of print]).

Caniza MA, Dueñas L, Lopez B, Rodriguez A, Maron G, Hayden R, Srivastava K, McCullers J. A practical guide to alcohol-based hand hygiene infrastructure in a resource-poor pediatric hospital. Am J Infect Control Dec;37(10):851-4, 2009. Epub.

Gupta S, Bonilla M, Fluentes SL, Caniza M, Howard SC, Barr R, Greenberg M, Ribeiro R, Sung L. Incidence and Predictors of Treatment Related Mortality in Pediatric Acute Leukemia in El Salvador. Br J Cancer Apr 7;100(7):1026-31, 2009. Epub 2009 Mar 17.

Caniza MA. Vacunacion contra agentes infecciosos del nino luego de transplante de celulas precursoras hematopoieticas. Pediatr Panama 38:32-37, 2009.

Camp JW, Barfield RC, Rodriguez V, Young AJ, Finerman R, Caniza MA. Challenges faced by research ethics committees in El Salvador: results from a focus group study. Dev World Bioeth Apr;9(1):11-7, 2009. Epub 2007 Dec 18.

Caniza MA, Maron G, McCullers J, Clara WA, Cedillos R, Dueñas L, Arnold S, Williams B, Tuomanen EI. Planning and Implementation of an Infection Control Program for Health Care Providers in Latin America. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 28:1328-33, 2007.

Caniza MA, Maron G, Moore EJ, Quintana Y, Liu T. Effective hand hygiene education with the use of flipcharts in a hospital in El Salvador. J Hosp Infect 65:58-64, 2007.

Caniza MA, Clara W, Maron G, Navarro-Marin JE, Rivera R, Howard SC, Camp J, Barfield RC. Establishment of ethical oversight of human research in El Salvador: lessons learned. Lancet Oncol 7:1027-33, 2006.

Ostronoff M, Ostronoff F, Sucupira A, Souto Maior AP, Caniza M, Florêncio R, Domingues MC, Calixto R, Matias K. Multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection in neutropenic patients successfully treated with a combination of polymyxin B and rifampin. Int J Infect Dis Jan 9, 2006. [Epub ahead of print].

Kocher MS, Caniza MA. Parrot pseudoparalisis of the upper extremities. A case report. J Bone Joint Surg 78:284-287, 1996.

Caniza MA, Granger DL, Wilson KH, et al. Bartonella henselae: Etiology of pulmonary nodules in a patient with depressed cell-mediated immunity. Clin Infect Dis 20:1505-1511, 1995.

Last update: February 2013