Dr. Paredes’ Curriculum Vitae

I. General Biographical Information

Abel J. Paredes

September 11, 1944; Citizenship:  USA


  • Undergraduate: Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
  • Medical Education:  Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
  • Postgraduate Training:
  • Pediatric Internship:  Children’s Memorial Hospital, Omaha, Nebraska 1970-1971
  • Pediatric Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas 1971-1973
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine 1973-1975, source of support:  Pan American Health Organization and Pan American Medical Association. Advisor: Dr. Martha Yow

Academic Appointments:

  • Clinical Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

Honors or Awards:

  • 1973-1975: Award from the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization: fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases 1973-1975
  • 1998: Top Doctors in Houston, Inside Houston Magazine
  • 2002: Top Doctors in USA, Consumer’s Checkbook Magazine
  • 2005, 2006, 2007: Top Doctors in Texas, Texas Monthly Magazine

Board Certification:

  • Board of Pediatrics 1975

Other non academic positions:

  • 1979 Chairman Pediatric Section, Memorial City General Hospital
  • 1981 Chairman Pediatric Section, Sam Houston Hospital
  • 1987 Chairman Pediatric Department, Memorial City General Hospital
  • 1984-1987 Member of School Board, St. Cecilia School
  • 1986-1987 President of School Board, St. Cecilia School
  • 1987 member of Medical Advisory Board for Policy on AIDS, Spring Branch Independent School District
  • 1989 to present: Founder and Coordinator Pediatric Round Tables, Pediatric Department, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
  • 1991-1993 Secretary, Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Alumni Association
  • 1992-1993 Program Chairman, Houston Pediatric Society
  • 1993-1995 President, Baylor College of Medicine Pediatric Alumni Association
  • 1996-1997 President Elect, Houston Pediatric Society
  • 1997-1998 President, Houston Pediatric Society
  • 2004-2006 Chairman Department of Pediatrics, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital


Research Support:

  • “RSV Vaccine in Infants”, 1978-79, co-investigator.  Principal investigator Dr. Paul W. Glezen, Baylor College of Medicine
  • “Influenza Surveillance of the Community”, co-investigator.  Principal investigator Influenza Research Center, BCM 1977-1983
  • “Open Study of an Acellular Pertussis-Diphtheria-Tetanus Vaccine”. co-investigator. Principal investigator Dr. Janet Englund, BCM 1995
  • “Multicenter Study of DTaP or Combined DTaP-Hib Vaccines with Differing Poliovirus Vaccine Regimens in Infants”, co-investigator. Principal investigator Dr. Janet Englund, BCM, 1997
  • “Nasal Cold Adapted Influenza Vaccine” co-investigator. Principal investigator Dr. Pedro A. Piedra, BCM, 1997
  • “Rapid Diagnosis of Influenza” co-investigator.  Principal investigator Dr. Craig D. Shimasaki, Ph.D., ZymeTx, Inc. 1994-1997
  • “An Observational Study to Characterize the Disease Course and Outcome of Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Infection in Otherwise Healthy Infants” co-investigator. Principal investigator Dr. Flor de Maria Munoz-Rivas, BCM, 2001

National Scientific Participation

  • Nosocomial colonization of pregnant females and their neonates by group B streptococci. Southern Society for Pediatric Research, and American Federation of Clinical Research, New Orleans, LA.  January 31, 1975
  • Failure of Penicillin to eradicate the carrier state of group B Streptococci.  Presented before the American Federation of Clinical Research, New Orleans, LA. January 1976
  • The significance of Influenza A in lower respiratory disease in infants and young children. Presented before the 16th Interscience Conference of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy –ICAAC- October 28, 1976. Chicago, ILL.
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds, BCM: Infectious Mononucleosis, 1975
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds BCM: Influenza in Children, 1976

International Scientific Presentations: 

  • National Congress of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Guatemala, Guatemala City, November 18 1976:  Guest lecturer. Topic: “Swine Influenza”
  • Nineteenth National Pediatric Congress of Guatemala, Guatemala City, March 12, 1977.  Topic:  a) Neonatal Infections  b) Group B Streptococcal Infections
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Seminar, sponsored by the International Year of the Child and the Pediatric Society of Guatemala. Guatemala City, May 21-25, 1979
  • Topics:  Endocarditis, Septic Arthritis and Osteomyelitis, Antibiotics, Respiratory Infections
  • Twenty Second National Pediatric Congress, Guatemala City, Guatemala. March 3-7 1980:   Management of Bacterial Meningitis, Recent Advances in Infectious  Diseases, Work-up of the Child with Fever of Unknown Origin
  • National Congress of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Guatemala, Guatemala City. February 24-28 1981. Topics:  Toxic Shock Syndrome, Streptococcal Infections
  • Twenty Eight National Pediatric Congress of Guatemala, Guatemala City. March 4-7 1986  Topics:  New Antimicrobials, Antiviral Therapy, Treatment of Skeletal Infections, Advances in the Treatment of Meningitis
  • BAYLOR WEEK, San Jose, Costa Rica. April 19-24 1994. Guest Speaker: Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Baylor Pediatric Post-Graduate Symposium, Houston, TX April 21, 1995. Speaker, topic “When a Cold is Not a Cold”



  • Paredes, A., Wong, P., and Yow, M.D.: Failure of penicillin to eradicate the carrier state of group B streptococcus in infants. Journal of Pediatrics 89: 191, Aug, 1976
  • Paredes. A., Taber, L.H. Yow, M.D., Clark, D., and Nathan, W.: Prolonged pneumococcal meningitis due to an organism with increased resistance to penicillin. Pediatrics 58 :381-387 September 1976
  • Paredes, A., Wong, P., Mason, E.O., Taber, L.H., and Barrett, F.F.: Nosocomial transmission of group B streptococci in a newborn nursery. Pediatrics: 59: 679-682, May 1977
  • Baker, C.J., Kasper, D.L., Tager, I.B., Paredes, A., Albert, S. McCormack, W., and Goroff, D.:  Quantitative determination of antibody to capsular polysaccharide in infection with type III strains of group B Streptococcus. J.Clin.Invest. 59: 810-818, May 1977
  • Allison, James E., Glezen, W. Paul, Taber, Larry H., Paredes, Abel, and Webster, Robert G.: Reactogenicity and Immunogenicity of Bivalent A and Monovalent B Influenza vaccines in High Risk Children. J.Inf. Dis. Suppl. 136: S672-S676, December, 1977
  • Frank, A.L., Taber, L.H., Glezen, W.P., Paredes, A., and Couch, R.B. Reinfection with Influenza A (H3N2) Virus in Young Children and Their Families. J.Infect. Dis. 140:  820-836, Dec. 1979
  • Glezen, W.P. Couch, R.B., Taber, L.H., Paredes, A., Allison, J.E., Frank, A.L., and Aldridge, C.: Epidemiologic Observations of Influenza B Virus Infections in Houston, Texas, 1976-1977. Am. J. Epidemiol. 111: 13-22, Jan. 1980
  • Glezen, W.P., Paredes, A., Taber, L.H.: Influenza in Children, Relationship to Other Respiratory Agents. JAMA  243: 1345:1349, April, 4, 1980.
  • Glezen, W.P. Paredes, A., Allison, J.E., Taber, L.H., and Frank, A.L.: Risk of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection for Infants from Low-income Families in Relationship to Age, Sex, Ethnic Group, and Maternal Antibody Level.  J. Ped. 98: 708-715, May 1981
  • Taber, L.H., Paredes, A., Glezen, W.P., and Couch, R.B.: Infection with Influenza A, Victoria Virus in Houston Families, 1976. J.Hyg.Camb. 86:303, 1981.
  • Frank, A.L., Taber, L.H., Wells,C.R., Wells, J.M., Glezen, W.P. and Paredes, A.: Patterns of Shedding of Myxoviruses in Children. J.Infect.Dis. 144: 433-441, November 1981
  • Frank, Arthur L., Taber, Larry H., Glezen, W.P., Kasel, Gary L., Wells, Christine R. and Paredes, Abel: Breast Feeding and Respiratory Virus Infection. Pediatrics 70: 239-245, August 1982
  • Glezen, W.P., Frank, A.L., Taber, L.H., Tristan, M.P., Valvona, C., Parees A. and Allison J.E.: Influenza in Childhood. Pediatric Research, 1983
  • Frank, A.L., Taber, L.H., Glezen.W.P., Geyer B., McIlwain S., Paredes, A.: Ifluenza B virus infections in the community and in families:  The epidemic of 1976-1977 and 1979-80 in Houston.  Amer. J. Epidemiol 118: 313 1983
  • Noyola, D.E., Paredes A.J., Clarck, B., Demmler, G.: Ealuation of a Neuraminidase Detection Assay for the Rapid Detection of Influenza A and B Virus in Children. Pediatric and Developmental Pathology 3: 162-167, 2000