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

Avilés-Robles M, Ojha RP, González M, Ojeda-Diezbarroso K, Dorantes-Acosta E, Jackson BE, Johnson KM, Caniza MA. Bloodstream infections and inpatient length of stay among pediatric cancer patients with febrile neutropenia in Mexico City. Am J Infect Control. 2014 Sep 15, 2014. Epub ahead of print]. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2014.07.021. PMID:25234044

Kirby J, Ojha RP, Johnson KM, Bittner EC, Caniza MA. Challenges in managing infections among pediatric cancer patients: Suboptimal national essential medicines lists for low and middle income countries. Pediatr Blood Cancer Oct 12, 2014. doi: 10.1002/pbc.25273. [Epub ahead of print]

Mosby TT, Romero AL, Linares AL, Challinor JM, Day SW, Caniza M. Testing Efficacy of Teaching Food Safety and Identifying Variables that Affect Learning in a Low-Literacy Population. J Cancer Educ May 1, 2014. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:24781933.

Mandegari E, Fu L, Arambu C, Montoya S, Peña A, Johnson KM, Perfect JR, Caniza MA. Mucormycosis Rhinosinusitis at Diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Diagnostics and Management Challenges in a Low-Middle-Income Country. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol Jun 17, 2014. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:24942033.

Oshansky CM, Gartland AJ, Wong SS, Jeevan T, Wang D, Roddam PL, Caniza MA, Hertz T, Devincenzo JP, Webby RJ, Thomas PG. Mucosal immune responses predict clinical outcomes during influenza infection independently of age and viral load. Am J Respir Crit Care Med 189:449-62, 2014. doi: 10.1164/rccm.201309-1616OC.

Kirby J, Dolendo M, Guimera D, Castillo C, Johnson KM, Mzayek F, Nolan VG, Relyea G, Caniza MA. Predictors of wait-time for antibiotic initiation and association of wait-time with hospital length of stay and ICU admission among children with cancer at the Southern Philippines Medical Center. Pediatr Blood Cancer Apr;61(4):680-6, 2014. PMID:24660227

Johnson KM, Gonzalez M, Dueñas L, Gamero M, Luque L, Caniza MA. Improving waste segregation while reducing costs in a tertiary-care hospital in a low-middle income country in Central America: A model for quality improvement. Waste Manag Res 31:733-8, 2013.

Hertz T, Oshansky CM, Roddam PL, DeVincenzo JP, Caniza MA, Jojic N, Mallal S, Phillips E, James I, Halloran ME, Thomas PG, Corey L. HLA targeting efficiency correlates with human T-Cell response magnitude and with mortality from Influenza A infection. PNAS 110:13492-7, 2013. PMCID: PMC3746844.

Baskin JL, Lezcano E, Kim BS, Figueredo D, Lassaletta A, Perez-Martinez A, Madero L, Caniza MA, Howard SC, Samudio A, Finlay JL. Management of children with brain tumors in Paraguay. Neuro Oncology 15:235-41, 2013. PMCID: PMC3548583.

Hernández H, Lucas Resendiz E, Luis Castañeda J, De Colsa A, Ramirez J, Johnson KM, Gonzalez N, Caniza MA. Surveillance of healthcare associated infection in pediatric cancer patients between 2004 and 2009 in Mexico City, Mexico. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol. Jan 17. [Epub ahead of print], 2013.

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. Pediatr.Blood Cancer 60:916-22, 2013.

Caniza MA, Hunger SP, Schrauder A, Valsecchi MG, Pui CH, Masera G; Members of international study group of childhood ALL ( “Ponte di Legno Working Group”). The Controversy of varicella vaccination in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer 58:12-16, 2012.PMCID: PMC3004985.

Gavidia R, Fuentes SL, Vasquez R, Bonilla M, Ethier MC, Diorio C, Caniza MA, 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 7(8):e43639, 2012.PMCID: PMC3425537.

Rodriguez-Auad JP, Nava-Frias M, Casasola-Flores J, Johnson KM, 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. Int J Infect Dis 16:e508-13, 2012.

Melgar M, De-Leon RE, Geronimo M, Ramirez M, Asturias EJ, Antillon-Klussman F, Guimera D, Caniza MA.  How we optimized 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 MA, 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 30:284-8, 2011. PMCID: PMC3070406.

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 9:11-7, 2009.

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

Caniza MA, Maron G, McCullers J, Clara WA, Cedillos R, Dueñas L, Arnold S, Williams BF, 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

Last update: October 2014